TNH Staff Picks Best Version of Oh Holy Night: #8 – Susan Boyle

From now until Christmas Day we will feature the countdown of 10 of the most popular versions of the beloved Christmas carol, “Oh Holy Night.” To compare apples to apples, we chose 10 soloists, all female. Our staff members ranked the videos, and here are the results – from 10 to 1. Some comments from the judges are included (including my own two cents). How did we do? Please let us know – and, most of all, enjoy!

Though she managed to shock the cantankerous Simon Cowell, the rest of the Britain’s Got Talent panel, and the world in 2009, en route to international stardom, Susan Boyle did not seem to impress our own panel of judges quite as much. With her unorthodox appearance in terms of celebrity plastic-perfection, Boyle’s musical rags-to-riches story is inspirational, and she can blow any run-of-the-mill karaoke singer off the stage. Even at Jesse’s Place (for those familiar with the NYC hotspot of a half-dozen years ago).

But though she put forth a lovely performance in its own right, most of the TNH panel – including yours truly – didn’t think she fared as well as most (personally, I had her even a notch below – in 9th place).

On a side note the version featured here is from the Larry King show.  Speaking of unorthodox, I kinda miss Larry’s purple shirt with black suspenders.  It’s always refreshing to see Hollywood “misfits” rise to fame.

What do you think?


What do you think?


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