Sep 19 2009
SUSAN BOYLE'S debut album is the bookies' favourite to top the charts in both Britain and America.
The 48-year-old spinster wowed fans at the final of America's Got Talent when she sang her new single, a cover of the Rolling Stones classic Wild Horses.
The performance, which was pre-recorded before a live audience on Wednesday night, drew a standing ovation.
Ladbrokes now reckon her album, I Dreamed A Dream, is an odds-on 2-5 shot to top the charts both here and in America when it is released in November.
The bookies are also offering 2-1 that she'll beat this year's X Factor winner to the coveted Christmas No1 spot.
Ladbrokes spokesman Robin Hutchison said: "SuBo is a singing sensation and her army of fans are bound to get her to number one on both sides of the Atlantic.
"Pre-orders of the album have already overtaken The Beatles, so we are taking no chances."
He also said Susan could be the first act in many years to seriously challenge the X Factor winner for the Christmas No1, adding: "She could be more popular than turkey and stuffing."
Latest betting has the X Factor winner at 1-3 to top the festive charts, with Michael Jackson at 15-1, Robbie Williams at 20-1 and The Beatles at 25-1.