Paul Potts, the cell phone salesman Pavarotti from Wales, has won the Britain's Got Talent contest. I can think of no one on either side of the pond more deserving of a big break based on an incredible talent. I'll post the videos when they come out. In the meantime, you can see his first two powerful and moving performances here and here, and here are the comments from ITV on the finale and what Paul has won:
Grand Final - The WinnerAnd here is his Paul's short biography from ITV that I had neglected to post earlier.
It was as if the tension would never end - but finally, eventually, painfully... Dec announced Paul Potts as the Britain's Got Talent winner.
It was a moment where futures were made and dreams were dashed. But even though every one of the performers here has an outstanding talent, only one could scoop the big prize tonight.
Two million votes were cast by the British public. For the big winner, welshman Paul Potts, tonight starts a week of newspaper interviews, magazine features and TV appearances. Life won't be quite the same ever again.
As Ant and Dec congratulated the singer - or was that held him up - he told them - "I can't believe I've won it - I'm like jelly. Performing for the Quen means absolutely everything. Thank you for believing in me".
The man Simon Cowell described as "a shy and humble guy with a great talent" will now "be in the recording studio next week making his first album".
As well as the £100,000 prize cheque, the Britain's Got Talent winner recieves an invitation to perform at the Royal Variety Performance, by invitation of her Majesty the Queen.
The Royal Variety Perfromance will be shown on ITV1 on December 3rd 2007. We'll see Paul, our very deserving winner, taking their much deserved place in the spotlight then.
Paul first sang opera at the age of 28 for a karaoke competition– he dressed up as Pavarotti.
He went on to perform in Barrymore’s ‘My Kind Of Music’ (1999). The money he won from the show (£8000) along with his savings was spent on attending various training courses in Italy.
From his Italian opera class he was selected to sing in master class’ for Pavarotti and Katia Ricciarelli – who he says were very impressed. Paul reckons he’s spent £20,000 in total to get to where he is today.
Paul has performed in 4 semi professional operas in the UK and some concerts. His proudest performance was with the philimonic orchestra in a concert in front of 15, 000 people
After having appendicitis doctors discovered a benign tumour that was removed. 2 weeks after the operation he was back on stage.
A motorbike accident in 2003 which he broke his collar bone kept him away from performing and he got left out of the opera circles. Since his illness he has struggled with money and has never reached his potential in Opera and this is why he has chosen to enter Britain’s got talent.
Married for 4 years to his wife Julie (26) whom he met on a internet chat room. They have been together for 6 years in total
Paul has worked at the Carephone warehouse for 2 years, for 1 year as manager – before that he worked the night shift at Tesco’s shelf stacking / internet personal shopping.