05/25/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

Let's Hear It For the Longshot: The Appeal Of The Underdog

I'm among the millions who watched Boyle's performance and found myself getting both teary-eyed and incredibly inspired. (If you haven't yet seen it yet, you should definitely check it out.) It's hard to see someone with such a pure, guileless talent and not root for her to succeed. Boyle, with her dowdy clothes and spinster style, is definitely an underdog in the competition, facing competitors who are younger, thinner, flashier, and more polished. But she's the one the world will be rooting for, hoping that talent and spirit can trump a pretty package. Everyone loves an underdog story, but what is it that makes them so enchanting?

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