Paul Potts is UK’s Most Wanted

Fame has come at last to Paul Potts. Let’s hope that good fortune follows close behind. Paul Potts certainly deserves it and it’s been a long time coming.

He may have worked hard for more than ten years to learn his art and try to get it recognized by opera bosses, but surely the future of Paul Potts is assured now. Within less than two weeks of winning ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent TV show, his winning and deeply moving rendition of Nessun Dorma became the most watched YouTube video and the fifth most watched video anywhere in June 2007. That’s amazing when you consider that just two weeks before, very few people knew who Paul Potts, manager of mobile phone shop, was.

More than a thousand Paul Potts videos have been placed on YouTube and the three most popular have been visited by over 12 million people. That’s quite something. It shows that people are not just interested in how Paul sings – which is amazingly – but they also care what Paul Potts, the quiet, modest and totally unassuming man – is like. Many of those videos are interviews and chats as fans are eager to get whatever snippet they can of Paul Potts. Crowds were clearly moved to tears by his performances as Paul Potts truly touched our heartstrings.

The Chicago Tribune in America asks why that is:

And art critic Alan G. Artner says the simplest answer is astonishment at how anything positive could come from a plump, gap-toothed cell phone salesman competing in a setting in which viewers are led to expect failure and ridicule.

"When Potts first stepped onstage, announcing he had come to sing opera, you saw it on the judges' faces: Opera? From this schlub? Sharpen your axes.”

You saw the same sentiment magnified on Simon Cowell’s face – and then Paul Potts began to sing – and he proved all the doubters wrong.

"But then he began Nessun dorma from Giacomo Puccini's Turandot, and almost immediately cynicism melted.”

How? – Because Paul Potts possesses an amazing talent that you certainly don’t see – or hear – very often.

Sure Puccini’s words and beautiful, haunting melody helped to touch the audience on a deeply emotional level, but not many people could sing the music as beautifully as Paul Potts did – certainly not many people who entered Britain’s Got Talent – and even fewer of his critics.