Welsh opera fan wins TV talent contest

June 18, 2007 by  
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Paul Potts, the Welsh mobile phone salesman-turned opera singer, has been crowned as the winner of the television show ‘Britain’s Got Talent’.

Around two million people voted in the final of the show, which has seen 50,000 acts compete for a top prize of £100,000 as well as the opportunity to sing at this year’s Royal Variety Performance.

The 36-year old came to the judge’s attention in the early qualifying rounds with his rendition of the opera classic ‘Nessun Dorma’, made famous by one of his heroes, Pavarotti.

On being awarded the top prize, the Port Talbot resident, said: “I feel like jelly.

“Its means like absolutely everything, thank you for believing in me.

Simon Cowell, founder of the show and one of the three celebrity judges alongside Piers Morgan and Amanda Holden, congratulated Potts on his achievement and invited him to a recording studio next week to produce his first album.

What makes the story even more remarkable is that Potts only started singing opera at the age of 28, when he sang his signature tune at a karaoke night whilst dressed as Pavarotti.

Piers Morgan, the former editor of the Daily Mirror, told him: “You’ve earned it, you’ve deserved it and I can’t think of anybody I’d rather see represent this show at the Royal Variety Performance.”

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