Phone Salesman Amazes Crowd
This is a terrific story from the show
Britain's Got Talent. The audience has little expectation for
this cell phone salesman, Paul Potts, until he brings them to
their feet with an amazing performance of an extremely difficult
opera song - Puccini’s “Nessun Dorma”. Within two minutes, Paul
shows more emotion than all the contestants combined. I'm not
into opera but even I had to watch this video a number of times.
Biography: Paul Potts was raised in Fishponds, Bristol, by his
father Roland, a bus driver, and mother, Yvonne, a supermarket
cashier. Paul has two brothers and one sister, and attended St.
Mary Redcliffe school where he first developed his love of
In the interview that was broadcast before his performance in
the semi-final, Paul stated that he had trouble with being
bullied in school, and that it may have had an influence on his
lack of self-confidence.
Until June 19, 2007 Potts worked as a manager at the Bridgend
Carphone Warehouse, a mobile phone store around 8 miles from his
On June 9, 2007, Potts' audition of Simon Cowell's new
search-for-a-star show Britain's Got Talent was televised on ITV
in UK. The actual audition was held at the Wales Millennium
Centre in Cardiff on March 17, 2007. Paul sang a condensed
version of Giacomo Puccini's "Nessun dorma", which impressed the
judges and received a standing ovation from the audience of
In the semi-final on June 14, 2007, Potts performed main verses
of "Con te partirò" with praise from the audience and judges.
(See Part 2 Here)