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Thanks to Billy for this link, a rare feel-good bright spot in the whole sordid morass that passes for culture these days.

So, imagine you're Simon Cowell, and it's the first round of the British version of American Idol, in Cardiff, Wales. This dumpy cell phone store manager with a bad haircut, bad suit, bad teeth and a cleft palate comes on stage and announces that he's going to 'sing opera'. You'd roll your eyes, too - or at least barely stop yourself from visibly doing so.

Then he opens his mouth...

I'm no expert, and not very familiar with the either the form or the specific piece, but it looks to me like he blew a high note at the end there. Can you blame him? That's his life's dream about to smack him full in the face, right there in front of the TV cameras, thousands of people in the audience, one judge whose breath is coming in hitches, and Simon sitting there like he doesn't know what just hit him. I know I wouldn't be able to hold it together that well.

UPDATE: In the least surprising news of the day. He won.


nice to see that smug bugger taken down a peg or two. And that's not the UK's version of American Idol, its the talent contest they're having for the Royal Variety Show. American Idol is the US version of what was originally a UK show, namely Pop Idol.

Posted by mandrill at Thursday, June 14, 2007 12:57 PM

watched the clip over lunch 3 times
absolutely brilliant

everybody is now playing it in our office in whyalla, south australia

Posted by graham at Thursday, June 14, 2007 08:34 PM

It is very refreshing to watch someone who really excels at what they are doing.

In the article announcing his win, it states that he will use some of the money to get his teeth fixed. I'd bet that since the publication of that, he has received several offers to have the work done for no cost in exchange for advertising.

Posted by Liberty Dog at Tuesday, June 19, 2007 09:05 PM

Paul Potts has a unique voice, you have to remember he is not a trained opera singer, they study years at a college, but his tenor range, his crystal voice. I can listen to him a lot longer than the greats, so I think he should be up there with the greats, and I think he should be honoured for his beautiful character, rare in anybody, never mind todays celebrities.

Posted by Laura at Wednesday, January 16, 2008 02:47 AM

See Paul Potts in concert, it is unbeleivable, he sings Mario Lanza songs just like Mario Lanza. I could not beleive how good he is in real life, the best.

Posted by laura at Friday, February 01, 2008 06:18 AM

If you had ever heard Mario Lanza live you wouldn't have made that comparison, that's all I can say...

Posted by Terri at Tuesday, August 18, 2009 05:08 AM

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