To be a “Susan Boyle” on a televised singing competition show means that your outward appearance or demeanor belies the true talent you possess. For some reason, this makes little sense – it’s not a rule that you need to look as hot or be as rich as Beyonce to have an amazing voice – but audiences continue to be shocked that such singers exist. We’ve seen it before with Taiwan’s Lin Yu Chun, and with Boyle herself – but now comes 22-year old Sung-Bong Choi singing his heart out on Korea’s Got Talent. Watch below, and if you don’t weep at his heartbreaking story, you are surely dead inside.
Sung-Bong Choi is a manual worker – his lowly profession is laughed at by the audience in the studio, and is slightly mocked by one of the judges – who has lived alone basically his entire life – he has no family and was raised in an orphange, but left after being beaten up by people there. He was homeless for ten years and survived by selling gum and energy drinks on the street. Basically, we can barely summarize Sung-Bong’s life without tearing up, so we’ll ease the pain by letting you know that his singing is absolutely divine. Let’s hope his newfound Internet fame gives him a better life.