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Paul Potts. One Chance for Glory

I am a bit of an anglophile, particularly with regards to the British media. The BBC is unsurpassed in its tv and its radio, but the commercial networks aren't too far behind, particularly ITV (Independent TV). I once had a job interview with one of their subsidiaries, Granada TV in Manchester. I had placed a job want ad in 'The Economist'. More hopeful than confident, I traveled up from London to Manchester, for the interview, an audition of sorts. Needless to say, I didn't get to the next round.. But at least they reimbursed me for my rail journey from London.

Now let's see how Paul does for his one chance of glory, at his audition, in an amateur talent show, for all ages, in ITV's first 'Britain's Got Talent' tryouts in Cardiff, Wales. This is quite a heart warming little story...After hundreds of contestants, most of them... well, giving very amateur uneven performances, CLICK and WATCH Paul's 'unexpected' audition.

As a follow up, if you want to see how he progressed (*after having watched the above link) click twice, the clip below (6:12 Paul Potts).

For the third and finale clip, why not, if you have come this far, click here.

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Comments (3)

Lee Ward:

If there is anyone out there who can listen to "Nessun Dorma" just one more time, this post features Luciano Pavarotti singing the same aria.

Steve Crickmore:

I had forgotten Lee, you had included that in a piece you did a while back. I remember listening to it at the time ,but it just shows I'm not an opera buff, when I didn't remember it before posting this.

As in all 'true' fairytale stories there is a little massage involvled. In this one, Potts was not quite the complete unknown rank amateur. He had received petrol money to have guest sung with the Bath orchestra once, and he had attended a workshop under Pavarotti, a few years ago, in Italy, but didn't have the money to continue in the master class. Pavarotti seemed to like his singing but didn't say anything. But if Potts had attempted 'Nessun Dorma' in front of Pavarotti., I'm sure he would have got the figurative buzzer, in short order..

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

Nessun Dorma is Pavorotti's most-loved live performance aria - and the clip I linked to features the Pavster at age 70 belting it out to the back row, as always.

It's both a touching and fitting tribute to Pavorotti (who passed away recently from pancreatic cancer) that Potts sings Nessun Dorma today. A nod to the man whose voice which was the standard by which all male operatic tenors were judged. Huzzah for them both.


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