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It was on the stage of the Millennium Cardiff Theatre in Wales where Paul Potts' life changed forever — just six months ago, when Potts, a shy 36-year-old mobile phone salesman, auditioned for the TV show "Britain's Got Talent."
Nervously, Potts took the stage in front of a packed house and three judges, among them "American Idol's" Simon Cowell.
"I'm always nervous before I perform," Potts said. "At that point, I was asking, 'What the hell are you doing here?' I felt myself shaking." [more]
PAUL Potts flashes me a grin. And why not, he’s got a lot to smile about.
Since winning the ITV1 show Britain’s Got Talent in June, he’s headlined the Royal Variety Performance, notched up 1.5 million sales of his debut album and played concerts on almost every continent.
Not bad for someone who was an unknown salesman working in Port Talbot’s Carphone Warehouse six months ago and who, until recently, for pictures always refused to smile.
But today, proudly showing off his new dentures after vowing to correct his crooked smile, Paul is the first to admit that money does make the man. [more]
OPERA sensation Paul Potts is keeping his love for his wife alive in cyberspace after splashing out. . .on a laptop!
The Britain’s Got Talent winner has spent the last six months touring the world promoting his million-selling debut album One Chance.
Next year will see him embark on a global tour, taking in the US, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia and Japan.
But despite cashing in after winning the ITV1 show, the star has revealed one of his few extravagances has been a computer so he can keep his internet romance with wife Julie-Anne, 26, alive while on tour. [more]
Former mobile phone salesman turned number one singer Paul Potts is to be the subject of an exclusive ITV1 documentary, Paul Potts: By Royal Command.
This one off documentary will give an exclusive insight into how Paul’s life has changed since he walked onto the Britain’s Got Talent stage in Cardiff and performed Nessun Dorma in front of judges Simon Cowell, Piers Morgan and Amanda Holden. The show will document his triumph over adversity from being on the brink of bankruptcy to achieving international success on the back of one audition.
Working as a salesman at the Carphone Warehouse, Paul had always dreamt of becoming an opera singer, but [more]
"Britain's Got Talent" winner Paul Potts [ tickets ] has been working like a madman since sweeping the competition in June, and he's just laid out plans for his first US trek.
In March, the opera singer is scheduled to play eight shows along the East Coast followed by nine dates across Canada. He'll wrap his North American tour on the West Coast, with gigs in Los Angeles and Mesa, AZ. Details are listed below.
Potts also has plans to tour the UK in January, New Zealand and Australia in April, and Europe in May and June. Information about overseas shows can be found at his website.
Paul Potts America Tour Date
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March 1 - Hollywood, FL - Hard Rock Live @ Seminole Casino
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March 2 - Tampa, FL - Tampa Theatre
March 3 - Washington, DC - Lisner Auditorium
March 5 - Ledyard, CT - Fox Theater @ Foxwoods Casino
March 6 - Westbury, NY - North Fork Theatre
March 8 - Atlantic City, NJ - Music Box Theater @ Borgata Hotel & Casino
March 9 - Boston, MA - Berklee Performance Center
March 11 - New York, NY - Town Hall
March 13 - Hamilton, Ontario - Hamilton Place Theatre
March 14 - Montreal, Quebec - Place des Arts
March 15 - Toronto, Ontario - Roy Thompson Hall
March 17 - Ottawa, Ontario - Centrepoint Theater
March 19 - Edmonton, Alberta - Winspear Theater
March 20 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Centre for Performing Arts
March 24 - Calgary, Alberta - Jack Singer Concert Hall
March 26 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern Theatre
March 27 - Mesa, AZ - Ikeda Theatre
Potts’ life story is the stuff of legends: on the last day of registration for the TV show Britain’s Got Talent, he flipped a coin and let fate decide whether he’d apply. The piece came up heads and he sent in his papers. At the first audition, the former cell phone salesman left the crowd in shock, standing, applauding, many with tears in their eyes (including one of the judges). more
The phone salesman was allowed to take a six-month break after winning Britain's Got Talent in the summer, which means that he will soon have to confirm his departure from the company.
"Everyone has their insecurities, you never know if it could all end tomorrow," Potts told the Daily Mail. " [more]
Britain's Got Talent winner Paul Potts is showing me his gleaming new teeth.
Gone are the wonky tombstones which enthralled television viewers almost as much as his singing voice when they voted for him last July.
Now his cosmetically enhanced smile, completed just the night before we meet, is toothpaste-commercial perfect. All he needs is the ring of confidence to go with it. [more]
When Paul Potts, winner of Britain’s Got Talent, performs at the Royal Variety Show on Sunday it won’t just be his voice that dazzles the audience.
Paul has a brand new reason to smile this week, having undergone the finishing touches to his ‘smile makeover’ under the care of renowned cosmetic dentist Dr Johann Styger at the Portmore Dental Practice, Weybridge, Surrey.
However, unlike many celebrities who choose treatment to achieve the perfect ‘Hollywood smile’, the reasons for Paul’s lengthy dental treatment we not just cosmetic. “There were very important health reasons behind Paul’s decision to seek dental treatment,” explains Dr Styger, who believes that without intervention, Paul would have eventually developed problems with his teeth that may have affected his ability to sing. [more]
Although "The Associates," a comedy series about young lawyers at a Manhattan law firm, only lasted about nine episodes in 1979, one of its memorable scenes involved a palimony case.
A young woman claimed that her live-in relationship with a wealthy man had prevented her from pursuing her own career and that she deserved palimony to compensate for the damage to her career.
This testimony led one of the young attorneys to think that he had found the perfect opening for his wealthy client. He pressed the young woman to tell the court what career she had abandoned. [more]
"Opera" was her reply.
The Royal Variety Performance proved a memorable night for Liverpool. Philip Key reports
WHAT a start! The Royal Variety Performance got off to one of its most spectacular openings last night and one with a strong Liverpool connection.
The British singer Seal began calmly enough with a rendition of The Beatles’ Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds and as he sang the stage filled with more and more people. There were people swinging from trapezes, stilt walkers, someone doing backflips on a board, drummers and finally Liverpool’s own Sense of Sound choir adding its own distinctive sound.
It was amazing stuff and one that the rest of the show would have trouble matching.
Paul Potts is scared he'll accidentally head butt the Queen when he meets her at the Royal Variety Performance tonight.
The 36-year-old is due to sing in front of Her Majesty on the show - which is recorded for broadcast later this week - but is dreading being introduced afterwards.
Opera singing discovery Paul Potts was hailed as the star of the Royal Variety Show in front of the Queen last night.
The former mobile phone salesman from Port Talbot was on the star-studded bill at Liverpool Empire Theatre as part of his prize for winning the TV show Britain's Got Talent.
WITH £38,000 worth of debt, a burst appendix, a tumour in his abdomen and a broken collar bone, Paul Potts was in danger of becoming the unluckiest man in Britain.
Today, three years after climbing out of a hospital bed, Paul is just back from turning on the Christmas lights in Manhattan.
Fresh from a transatlantic flight and a promotional tour of Canada and America, he is pondering his fortunes, still amazed that he was invited to open the Christmas decorations display in the window of the legendary Bloomingdale's department store.
As recoveries go, this guy makes Lazarus look poorly.
Since winning Britain's Got Talent in the summer his schedule is less like that of a sickly mobile phone salesman and more that of an international rock star.
Carphone Warehouse salesman Paul Potts won the hearts of the nation when he appeared on Britain's Got Talent.
His rendition of Puccini's Nessun Dorma wowed the audience and judges and led to him taking the crown.
Since then he has stormed to the top of the charts with his debut album One Chance selling over 1 million copies and reaching No1 in 12 countries.
PAUL Potts, the pint-sized tenor who hid his talent from his colleagues at Carphone Warehouse and had all but given up on singing for a living, has won a huge following since winning Britain's Got Talent.
His album One Chance outsold the rest of the top 10 combined and has topped the charts in 13 countries.
His audition video for the show designed to find a new star to appear at the Royal Variety Performance has been viewed on YouTube tens of millions of times and is now one of the site’s all-time most viewed videos.
Now Britain's Most Talented is on his way to Liverpool for his most nerve-wracking concert to date.
The 36-year-old from Port Talbot in South Wales will sing in front of the Queen at the Royal Variety Performance alongside Bon Jovi, Enrique Iglesias and Katherine Jenkins at the annual charity concert, held this year at the Empire Theatre. [More]
TALENT show winner Paul Potts is keeping stum over details of his set at the Royal Variety Performance next week - but admits to having more than a few nerves for the occasion.
The 36-year-old opera singer is refusing to reveal what he will be singing for the Queen but says his fans will not be disappointed.
And despite to singing to tens of thousands of people around the world Paul says he will be pacing the floor before he goes on stage at Liverpool's Empire Theatre next Monday. Click here for a complete article
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OPERATIC superstar Paul Potts has been on a rollercoaster ride since winning the TV show Britain’s Got Talent - taking our breath away with a voice that parallels the phenomenal Pavarotti. Yet the shy Welshman who has spent the majority of his life plagued by self-doubt, only worked up the courage to apply after tossing a coin, as he tells Nicola McCafferty...
Paul Potts famously wore a £35 Tesco suit when he first appeared on our television screens earlier this year.
Within minutes, he had 'blown away' TV’s Mr Nasty, Simon Cowell, and reduced fellow judge Amanda Holden to tears. [MORE]
The amazing story of Paul Potts
Bill Needham stopped by one day this week.
Bill and I don't know each other very well, but we share one thing -- that I know of -- other than the color of our hair: We both love the opera.
Sounds pretentious, doesn't it? I suppose that's because there are some folks who try to make more out of opera than it really is. Just like some visual art. You know the kind I mean. The kind you wash off the kitchen walls when your 2-year-old gets the muse while armed with a red crayon. But if you run a high-class art gallery, you call it art. And you say you are a patron of "the arts."
The arts. (click here for a complete article)
When I left university I didn’t think the world owed me a living. I’d graduated in philosophy, theology, film and television studies. But 1993 was the worst time for graduate employment. I applied for jobs in the civil service, but part of the application was a logic test, and I was never much of a mathematician. So I worked as a verger at Bristol Cathedral for three months, and then at another church for a further three months. Then I found a job at Tesco in Bristol. I’ve always been prepared to roll up my sleeves. But when I was moved on to nights it was like living with permanent jet lag — your body can’t switch off. More
LIVE in our studios Friday November 16th. Tune in as Paul Potts will be performing a selection of arias from his debut CD One Chance and sharing his amazing rags-to-riches story with viewers.
Thanks to his victory in the finale of Britain's hottest talent show, Britain's Got Talent, this quiet, unassuming 36-year-old has become the most famous former mobile phone salesman in the country!
The man who once admitted he'd spent most of his life feeling insignificant and anonymous has become one of the most popular 'hits' on the video-sharing website YouTube, with millions upon millions of fans across the globe logging on to lose themselves in the magic of his rich and powerful voice.
"It's slowly starting to sink in now and, although I'm exhausted, I'm loving it!"
U.K. singer wows Toronto crowd
Winner of British TV show is popular on YouTube
Paul Potts, a 36-year-old cellphone salesman-turned-operatic star, made a surprise appearance in downtown Toronto today. In his only public performance in Canada, Potts stopped people in the financial district in their tracks with five songs and an encore. He stayed to sign CDs for three hours.
Paul Potts, a 36-year-old cellphone salesman-turned-operatic star, made a surprise appearance in downtown Toronto today.
In his only public performance in Canada, Potts stopped people in the financial district in their tracks with five songs and an encore.
He stayed to sign CDs for three hours.
Paul Potts To Open Bloomingdale's Holiday Windows Monday November 19th
Special Musical Performance By Britain's Got Talent Winner and Oprah Favorite Potts
Hosted By Lance Bass, Author of 'Out Of Sync,' Currently Starring in Hairspray
Windows Inspired By Children's Creations From The Children's Musuem Of Manhattan and The Children's Museum Of The Arts
WHAT: The unveiling of Bloomingdale's annual holiday windows, a New York holiday tradition
WHO: Singer Paul Potts, performing songs from his debut Columbia album 'One Chance', with Host Lance Bass, author of Out of Sync, currently starring in Hairspray
WHEN: Monday, November 19th, 4:30 pm
Paul Potts Biography from Billboard.com
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Paul Potts was exactly what the producers of Britain's Got Talent were looking for when they finally launched the program in the U.K. after much delay, an ordinary bloke, working in an ordinary job, but with an extra-ordinary talent. Simon Cowell's latest project after half a decade of involvement with TV talent shows aimed primarily for singers, was a national contest with a public vote for all types of talents, singers, dancers, magicians, ventriloquists and even more extreme novelty acts. After an aborted start when the show's chosen host, Paul O Grady defected to Channel Four television and refused to front the show for ITV, their flagship presenters Ant & Dec were brought in and the program finally got underway in June 2007.
Two tales of joy, caught in a Net
Article from The Kansas City Star
For everyone alive there comes that occasional day when the heart’s sky is clouded and some kind of lift — a bit of inspiration — is sorely needed.
I’m not immune to that universal affliction, though I’m glad to say I’ve found a dependable remedy. Two remedies in fact, both of them stored safely away in this hateful machine — a computer — upon which a worse disease, called progress, obliges me to write.
At the touch of a couple of buttons, those two cures for ennui or desperation can be called into immediate service.
Probably you know about them already. If not, you might well give them a look. MORE
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Paul Potts Wins Over YouTube
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It's hard to believe that the unassuming, soft-spoken man on the phone is responsible for over 15 million hits on YouTube. Because it's just not true -- he's since crossed the 30 million mark.
The Bristol native is neither Chris Crocker, the Britney Spears fanatic who screamed his way on YouTube to a TV offer, nor Miss South Carolina who coined the term "U.S. Americans" in her nationally televised geographical fumbling a few months ago. Instead Potts brought tears to the audience of Britain's Got Talent for his rendition of "Nessun Dorma," which he'll also sing on Oprah's YouTube Special. Potts is now known as the former cell phone salesman that could -- and who had plenty to say about his debut album One Chance, opera, and meeting his hero Pavarotti.
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His first album, One Chance, went to No. 1 in Britain and 11 other countries. He and his wife Julie-Ann, 27, live in Port Talbot, Wales. He talks to Liz Phillips about his money.
HOW MUCH WAS IN YOUR FIRST WAGE PACKET?
I was a paper boy when I was 12, a year before I was legally allowed to work. I earned £2.50 a week. After university, I worked at Waitrose, starting as a shelf-stacker on £1.62 an hour. (More)
They are getting ready for the Royal Variety Show in Britain.
Perfomer line-up is announced.
A FEW days ago a friend sent me an email with a video clip attached. “You must see this, very inspiring,” she wrote.
It was a clip from a talent search show called Britain’s Got Talent (BGT), a British version of the hugely popular American Idol. My first thought was “right, it is like one of the worst moments on American Idol thing” and was prepared to settle down for a laugh.
Then there appeared one Paul Potts, a gap tooth phone salesman, who professed to be totally lacking in confidence but loved singing. When he was asked by the judges as to why he was there at the audition. I always thought that was a silly question. Why else should someone appear on the stage before three demanding music judges, if not to sing? (More)
A few months ago, he was a mobile phone salesman in a small town in Wales.
Before that, he stacked shelves in a supermarket.
He was bullied as a schoolkid, laid low by a devastating bicycle accident in 2003, and ended up so broke he and his wife were using credit cards to buy food.
Today, thanks to the Internet and a red-hot CD, Paul Potts is one of the most famous names in music and on Tuesday, he'll become even more celebrated, courtesy of his debut appearance on the "Oprah Winfrey Show."
For the unassuming 36-year-old Englishman, the wealth, the fame, the best-selling CD, the millions of hits on YouTube and the autograph-seeking fans are a dream come true -- and it's happened so quickly he's still trying take it all in. (MORE)
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