If They Could See Me Now, the Paul Potts Saga

I wonder what the bullies who made school-life hell for Britain’s Got Talent winner, Paul Potts, think when they see him now? I hope they were watching when Paul wowed us all with his powerful and emotional performance that was also pitch-perfect?

The relentless teasing about his weight and his clothes, and the name-calling that went with it, made Paul Potts want to hurl himself down flights of stairs so the bullies might feel sorry for him if he got injured. These bullies were the very people who drove him to the great love of his life – apart from wife Julie-Ann (Julz), of course – and that is - music.

Often Paul Potts would seek refuge in the music room at lunchtimes, where he knew he’d be safe. And it was there Paul Potts fell in love with classical music and opera in particular, drawn to the sadness and beauty in the music.

Those bullies and a rocky home-life left Paul Potts severely lacking in self-confidence. He has said his voice was his ‘best friend’ in these times.

 “I just can’t believe it. I’m waiting for someone to pinch me and say, ‘Get out of bed. You’ve got to work. You’re late again,’” Paul Potts, 36, said during an exclusive interview Thursday with TODAY host Meredith Vieira.

Well, Paul Pots won’t be returning to work as a mobile phone salesman. Now his job is making records and singing for the Queen!
Paul Potts, as modest as ever, is grateful for it all.

 “It’s been a mind-blowing experience, really, to be on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ and meeting Simon Cowell, and get the response I had from them,” Potts said. “It’s incredible. It’s changing my life,” he told the TODAY audience.

On the way to his Britain’s Got Talent crown, Paul Potts’s singing was so beautiful and moving that it made audience members both in the studio and at home cry. I know because I was one of them!

Paul Pots has no fancy ideas to blow his winnings. He plans to pay off his debts, get his teeth fixed and hopefully start a family with loving and supportive wife Julie-Ann (Julz).