June 15

Further adventures of that opera singin' Paul Potts

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One more post out of sequence. But I just got wind of this, and considering the interest the last post on the opera-singing Welsh cell phone salesman inspired, I figured I’d better pass it along ASAP.
Here he was yesterday in the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent.  I just wish he would have gotten a little closer to the mike.
Enjoy!
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  1. these are great fun to watch, even hardened mrfreddy is getting “goose pimples”..
    so, who is that botox victim in Paula’s chair?
    Hi mrfreddy–
    Other than Simon, I dont know the cast of characters.
    Cheers–
    MRE 

  2. I caught the last part of an interview with him on NPR today; quite a story! Yes, he’s trained before, but he’s apparently had some difficulties, both physical and fiscal, in the past few years, and saw this show as sort of his last chance.
    Interview is here.
    Thanks for posting about this inspiring man, Dr. Mike. I don’t keep up too much with TV and YouTube, so I probably would never have heard of him otherwise.
    I’m glad you enjoyed it,
    MRE 

  3. Mike
    I love this guy — his voice and his face. On the first clip I was sure he was going to be overwhelmed by the whole scene before he was able to sing the first note. I expected him to burst forth in tears and then out he comes with his beautiful voice. I love these surprises and I’m putting him right up there on my You Tube list with the skit featuring the little old steering-wheel lady and the lip-sync guy doing that Eastern European folk song.
    PS All three of those came my way thanks to you — gracias.
    You don’t include the Wheel of Fortune in your top three?
    Cheers–
    Mike 

  4. I didn’t know the UK had a show like this one, too. The first judge Piers is also on “America’s Got Talent” with David “Baywatch” Hasselhoff and Ozzy Osbourne’s wife. I don’t know who the blonde bimbo was. 😯
    This man is indeed INCREDIBLE! What’s he doing selling cell phones?! He should be going around doing television commercials with that booming voice singing, “Caaannnn yoooouu heeear meeee nooooooooooowww? Gooooooooooooodd!” LOL!
    THANKS for sharing, Dr. Mike! I wonder whether someone in the U.S. who had a similar remarkable talent as this guy would even stand a chance on the American version of this same show? I don’t think he would.
    Who knows?  I’ve learned to never underestimate the average guy whether on stage on in the audience.
    Cheers–
    MRE 

  5. Well he’s not quite as unexperienced as he makes oot..sadly !
    We wuz ‘done like kippers, my son’
    Type in his name and Bath Opera for the site
    Paul Potts (Don Carlos) is a relative new comer to Grand Opera after an apprenticeship in Gilbert and Sullivan in Bristol.. His claim to fame is his 1999 appearance on Michael Barrymore’s My Kind of Music. This was followed by singing for Bath Opera in Turandot as Prince of Persia and Herald. He has since performed with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and spent three months touring Northern Italy as a soloist, training under top teachers Mario Melani and Svetlana Sidrova. He has been invited back for a concert to be recorded and also for a masterclass with Luciano Pavarotti. Future plans include a summer tour with the RPO.
    or type in Paul Potts Bath Opera into google and look down.
    So he’s not quite what he makes out to be by a long shot
    Hey Simon–
    I wuzzen’t done like a kipper.  No one develops a voice like that by singing in the shower.  He had to have had training.  Just because he sings with some local and regional opera doesn’t mean much because most of those small opera companies are dreadful.  I would suspect that most of the people who end up in the finals of these shows have undergone a ton of training, so we can’t blow Paul off as a cheat because he’s done some opera.
    Cheers–
    MRE 

  6. The final has just finished, and Paul won it.
    I was so pleased, a deserved win!
    Thanks Mike I would not have even gone looking for the show to watch if it had not been for your original post on him.
    Here is the URL for the British home site:
    http://talent.itv.com/
    Glenice
    Hi Glenice– 
    I’m glad he won, too.  See today’s post for the video.
    Thanks for the heads up.
    Cheers–
    MRE 

  7. Opera is NOT my thing AT ALL – but this guy has THE most amazing, clear, beautiful voice! What is the name of the piece he is performing here? So captivating!
    The song he sings in the semi-finals is Con te partirò, a modern Italian song made famous by Andrea Bocceli back in the 1990s.
    Cheers–
    MRE 

  8. PAUL POTTS SHOULD BE STRIPPED OF HIS TITLE HE HAS CONNED THE NATION
    HE MADE US BELIEVE HE WAS UNDISCOVERED RAW TALENT WHEN IN REALITY HE IS A PROFFESSIONAL OPERA SINGER
    HE HAS WORKED AND IS STILL WORKING FOR THE BATH OPERA SOCIETY
    HE HAS SANG WITH THE LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA NUMEROUS TIMES AND HE WAS PROFFESIONALLY TRAINED IN ITALY SOMETHING HE FORGOT TO MENTION WHEN HE SAID I WORK FOR CARPHONE WAREHOUSE
    CHEAT
    Read my response to earlier comments.
    MRE 

  9. CHEAT CHEAT CHEAT, yes my thoughts too.
    He only won because of the “the ugly duckling” life he claimed that he had lived.
    I think it’s all a mediastunt.
    Let’s find an ugly operasinger, whith a 9 to 5 job, who ordinary people can idintify themselves with, and petty.Even though they never listened to opera before they will buy his lousy cd, which we will put on the market one month after his winn.Forge while the iron is hot…..NOT?!

  10. This last one on CHEAT really cranked my ire! There are always the nay-sayers, aren’t there?
    If the guy was as successful as some attempt to make him sound, he MOST CERTAINLY would NOT be selling phones. Lots of people sing with lots of groups and lots of people work second jobs while they hope to make it big . . . but to make it REALLY big it also takes lots of time, effort, money and luck. He obviously hasn’t had much of any of them, yet he has one of the most splendid voices I’ve heard for quite some time!
    I know three personal acquaintances who should be every bit as famous as some of the goons out there with their names plastered on the billboards, but they ran out of money, time and energy. They never got the break they needed and ended up settling down and raising families – working 9-5, perhaps even as telephone sales people!
    Paul didn’t deceived anyone. He said this was his last chance. Thankfully, they were willing to take the chance and give him the opportunity for his much-deserved break.
    I look forward to buying his music and immersing myself in his fantastic voice even though I’m not even an opera fan!

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