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Susan Boyle debut song uncovered

Susan Boyle

Susan Boyle's performance of I Dreamed A Dream on Britain's Got Talent

An early recording of Britain's Got Talent contestant Susan Boyle singing Cry Me a River for charity has emerged on the internet.

Her version of ballad Cry Me A River was included on the Music for a Millennium Celebration disc in 1999.

Just 1,000 copies of the CD were funded by Whitburn Community Council.

Ms Boyle, from Blackburn in West Lothian, has become a worldwide sensation after her voice stunned judges on the TV talent show.

Reduced to tears

Around 20,000 people have already viewed the early recording on YouTube.

So far over 19 million have watched her rendition of I Dreamed A Dream from Les Miserables, on Saturday's show.

Actress Demi Moore said she was reduced to tears by the performance after watching it with husband Ashton Kutcher.

The story of the unemployed church volunteer has made headlines around the world, and she has featured on major news programmes in the US.

It has been reported that she has been asked to appear as a guest on Oprah Winfrey's talk show.

West Lothian Council featured a clip of the song - thought to be her only previous recording - on its website.

'Absolutely thrilled'

The council has been inundated with messages of support for Ms Boyle, whose odds of winning Britain's Got Talent have been slashed by bookmakers.

A Ladbrokes spokesman said they are offering the "shortest odds we've ever offered at this early stage in the show".

Susan Boyle singing with a hairbrush
Susan Boyle has become a worldwide hit after her TV appearance

Council leader Peter Johnston said local people were "absolutely thrilled" for Ms Boyle. He added: "Her voice is simply magic."

Speaking from her home, Ms Boyle said: "I just take it all in my stride, I'm enjoying it. I haven't had time to think."

Asked what it meant to her to get such support from Moore and Kutcher, Ms Boyle said: "That's overwhelming. That's something else."

Questioned about her chances of winning, she replied: "I can only do my best, like everybody else."

But judge Simon Cowell has said she has not won the competition yet.

Speaking on GMTV on Friday, he said: "There are some acts that you haven't seen yet, it's not quite the one horse race you are going to think this is."

The prize for winning the show is a chance to perform at the Royal Variety Performance.

Teenage dancer George Sampson won last year.

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