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'Britain's Got Talent': Jordan O'Keefe's performance goes global

June 03, 2013|By Dawn C. Chmielewski

Irish singer Jordan O'Keefe's performance on Britain's Got Talent reverberated with a global audience online, attracting more than 1 million online views since the televised semifinal competition Saturday.

With the help of Attraction, a Hungarian theater group, O'Keefe's rendition of Leona Lewis' "Footprints in the Sand" evoked tears from the judges (even Simon Cowell welled up, according to published accounts). The Hungarian group's earlier stage appearance, during the first week of competition, produced a similarly emotional reaction from the studio audience.

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It's been a while since another "Britain's Got Talent" contestant, Susan Boyle, captured worldwide notice with her 2009 performance of "I Dreamed a Dream," from the musical "Les Misérables." The Scottish singer became an overnight sensation, with her debut album reaching the top of the charts in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Three other videos attracting the eye of YouTube viewers today are a 2-year-old Brazilian boy and his father covering the Beatles hit, "Don't Let Me Down," a nearly two-minute video of Cody the Screaming Dog (earplugs not included) and MinuteEarth's video tracing the orgins of our driving habits -- answering the burning question of why some countries favor left-side driving, while the majority of the world keeps to the right.


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