Japanese film crew looking for Susan Boyle fans


Susan Boyle

By Cara Sulieman

A JAPANESE film crew are searching for Susan Boyle fans to join them in her home town to celebrate her rise to stardom.

The team – who are travelling from Tokyo for the project – are planning a programme all about Boyle-mania.

American Leslie McMillan is already signed up to show the group around Boyle related landmarks like the Happy Valley Hotel in West Lothian.

She spent two weeks in Blackburn earlier this year with her husband Del, visiting Susan’s old haunts.


And now she is returning to the town with her sister to take part in the documentary.

The show is being made for Tokyo News Remix on NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) and will only be broadcast in Japan.

Yoshiko Uno-Flukes, the companies UK production co-ordinator and researcher, said that they want devoted fans to help them discover Susan’s hometown.

She added: “In our first episode we are showing a story about the Susan Boyle phenomenon and coming to film in Blackburn on September 4.

“We are visiting Susan Boyle spots with two big American Susan Boyle fans and are looking for more people to join the tour for filming.

“It would be amazing if people could wear Susan T-shirts or badges, or anything that would show their support for Susan.”

Happy Valley Hotel

They will be meeting at 11am at the Mill Centre on Friday September 4 and expect to film at Susan’s house, the Mill Centre and the Happy Valley Hotel.

Fans who want to take part should email [email protected] for details.


  1. such a nice initiative
    about adorable susan boyle
    with the beautiful voice
    and the loving heart
    and the

  2. There are millions of Susan Boyle fans, but not all of them could afford such a trip. I certainly wish I could go, but alas, cannot make it. I willl, however, be there in spirit. I think Susan is wonderful, and love her dearly.

  3. Good luck to all of you. I hope it is a big hit and goes well. I am one of her loyal fans but would never be able to afford such a journey. By chance, wouldn’t it be sonderful if you get to see her. I too will be with all of you in spirit. A safe journey for all of you.

  4. This is good news. I wish I could go too but this is too short notice for me.But I am so happy they are doing this.It sounds wonderful! I love Susan am and so glad for her! I hope we get to watch this on youtube. Yeah Susan!

  5. We are happy that we will have the opportunity to meet some other appreciative and respectful Susan Boyle fans! Thank you so much for posting this information. Just one slight correction — my twin sister, Marie, and I had already decided to go back to Blackburn, because she had not been able to renew her passport in time when my husband and I went in June. She’s the one who originally sent the email on April 15, telling me to watch this lady who would make my day! And the rest is history! It was only after mentioning our travel plans on a fan site that I received a message from Yoshiko, asking if they could accompany us to see some of the sights in Blackburn. Of course, we were glad to welcome them! Yoshiko and the TV crew are wonderful professionals, and they will be a blessing to Susan and Blackburn.

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