Pacific Coast News; Richard Young/Startraks
April 20, 2009 08:05 AM

It pays to advertise. Just ask Susan Boyle. When she famously stepped on to the stage on the April 11 episode of Britain’s Got Talent, Simon Cowell snidely asked to whom she would want to be compared. Guffaws greeted the frowsy Boyle’s response: petite blonde West End Evita and Sunset Boulevard star Elaine Paige.

Then the Scottish singing sensation revealed her vocal chops. The laughing stopped, and now, Elaine Paige has stepped forward with a suggestion: Let’s sing.

“It seems her performance has captured the hearts of everyone who saw it, me included,” Paige, 61, writes on her Web site. “[I]t looks like I have competition! Perhaps we should record a duet?”

“Ever since Susan’s appearance on Britain’s Got Talent my [BBC show] Radio 2 inbox has been flooded with emails,” says Paige, who also writes of Boyle: “She is a role model for everyone who has a dream.”

Paige tells PEOPLE, “If I receive a call from Simon Cowell I’ll let you know.” Adding: “I wish her all the success in the world. I hope she does get to the final. She does have a natural gift, there’s no doubt about that. She has got a very clear, pure sounding voice and she certainly does have a natural singing voice.”

Meanwhile, the Britain’s Got Talent prize is not necessarily in the bag for Boyle. This weekend on the TV talent hunt, Shaheen Jafargholi, a 12-year-old Welsh boy with a Motown sound, earned a standing ovation from judge Cowell after he sang an old Michael Jackson song (written by Smokey Robinson), “Who’s Loving You.”

“This is how one song can change your life,” Cowell told Jafargholi. “This may be the start of something special for you, young man.”

But Paige remains staunchly behind Boyle, telling PEOPLE, “I just hope that she doesn’t become exploited and lose her way because she has a lovely voice and deserves to do well … Perhaps we may need something to lift ourselves out of our doom and gloom and have someone to champion and that’s no bad thing. I am right behind her.”

Reporting by SIMON PERRY

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