Britain’s Got Talent: Paul Potts win

Opera singer Paul Potts has won the final of Britain’s Got Talent, after wowing the judges and public with his singing voice. Over two million votes were cast by the public, with a percentage of the money raised from phone calls going to charity.

Britains Got Talent - Paul Potts wins

The mobile phone salesman, from Port Talbot beat competition from five other acts to take the title at the end of the nine-day series.

He wins £100,000 as well as the chance to sing for the Queen at the Royal Variety Performance on December 3.

Potts sailed through the competition after singing Nessun Dorma, which he also sang in the final.

Other acts who took part in the final included puppeteer Damon Scott, dance troupe Kombat Breakers and six-year-old singer Connie Talbot

“I can’t think of anybody that I would rather see represent this show in front of her Majesty The Queen than Paul Potts,” Piers Morgan said after the result was announced.

“I’m so proud of you,” said Simon Cowell, revealing that Paul would be in the recording studio making his debut album next week.

Potts, meanwhile, said he was “speechless”.

The following is a clip of Paul singing Nessun Dorma on his initial appearance on Britain’s Got Talent.

And this is a clip from the end of the final in which Paul Potts is revealed as the winner of Britain’s Got Talent and gives an encore performance of Nessun Dorma.

15 Responses to “Britain’s Got Talent: Paul Potts win”


  • Paul is an excellent singer theres no doubt about it but after all that training he’s had – what do you expect?

    I don’t think its fair that people like Paul who have worked with the best should be able to appear on this show after all its for everyday people with NATURAL talent.

    I really wanted Damon or Connie to win. Damon was the “Entertainer” which is what the Royal Variety is all about and Connie, well, she was just out of this world. If my 5yr old daughter could sing like thaat I’d be the proudest Mum in the world!

    C’mon Simon – are you gonna give her a recording contract????

    Well Done to everyone – you were all winners!!

  • I agree I thought the way he was portrayed as untrained bullied lonely man with no self confidence but to be able to sing like that was amazing but now I find he knows Pavarroti and had £12000 worth of training!!!!!!! if I had voted for him I would want it back!! I wish I had voted for Connie as she carnt have had any training at 6 yrs old . Or can she? I might buy a cd from her but I WILL NEVER buy anything of mr POTTS who hoodwinked all of the watching public who voted for him.

  • tracey paul has no formal training he said that in intial interview he is self taught and has a nayural abi9lity

  • Neither of the kids should have won. I was so glad when they didn’t. It was obvious, though, that one of the singers would win though because it’s easier to market a singer. And can he only sing Nessun Dorma?! Plenty of good tunes out there for a tenor and he sticks with that one over and over and over. Can’t wait until he fades into obscurity.

    For pure entertainment it should have been the BarWizards.

  • Hi folks,

    I am an opera singer myself, and have taken many years of training; I continue to coach and take regular vocal instruction. I’ve shared this clip of Paul with many of my colleagues. We have all been very moved by his singing, and also by the story of someone who is following a dream.

    It’s interesting to hear how many people view “opera training” as some sort of magical talisman that makes singing the most athletic music every written somehow effortless. If only that were the case!

    I’m very disappointed to read how the British tabloids have minimized what this fellow Paul has managed to do on his own, through paying for lessons and taking master classes. The fact that he has little professional stage experience does show in his performance technique, but that aside, two very important things about Paul are obvious to viewers, and, no doubt, to the judges.

    The first is that he has a voice that allows him to sing an extremely vocally challenging tenor aria. The voice is a god-given thing, and if you don’t have the instrument, no amount of training can take its place.

    The second thing is the true emotion that Paul is able to connect with internally, and convey to an audience through acting with his voice. This concept of an emotional performance is also something that I believe one is born with; training exists to nurture and develop this emotional authenticity, but cannot create it.

    Bravo to Paul! He and the rest of us should continue to “dream big”, and to follow those dreams.

    One word of warning, however, that I’d like to give to Paul himself: Paul, your dream is to sing opera, and that means being on the stage, and not in the recording studio. Forget about selling albums, don’t let some record producer milk this publicity for themselves at the expense of your career development. Take the prize money as a sign that singing opera is what you are supposed to be doing. Get out there and start auditioning like the rest of us who, who like you, have a dream of a life-long career on the opera stage.

    Break a leg!
    Matthew

  • Hi,
    I just want to say to Matthew what you said is so true and you are a kind person for saying what you said about paul and I wish you all the best for the future too… and for Paul WTG Buddy I am soooooo Daaam proud of you and obviously Iam not the only one who is…. you have the whole of the UK standing behind you… and along with every country you can imagine… God Bless you Buddy and I wish all you all the best for the Future…. Take Care from Kev

  • In all my years of listening opera I can only say that Paul Potts has a great career and he will be known as the humble Welch opera singer because he not only stole our hearts but has build the upcomming of a new era of opera singers, this is the break-throu for new breed of young singers, Lucciano Pavarotti would be proud to heard Potts and he might probably help this subdit to grow in his future career. Congratulations you humble subdit of the queen.

    Here in Puerto Rico you made many people cry after seen and heard you at the audition.

  • Pavarotti has gone. will paul be the next?

  • paul potts has only done amatuer work, and he is not a trained opera singer. Connie was a cute little girl, coached more than most her age, she is no Charlotte Church, butpaul has a unique gift, it is his voice and not pavarotti that you can listen to all day, and his humble demeanor we should all strive for.

  • Paul Potts is a brilliant singer, well done!!! I’m so happy for him, he deserves it

  • This competition came to my attention by fluke. Some comments.

    First, the young man who had some really good comedic lines was disturbingly aware of the audience response. I truly hope he builds more balance into his life than just performing.

    Connie Talbot has probably been trained somewhat, and I’d like to know by whom, but there is no way to put into a person’s voice the ability to make others cry. I’ve studied voice for years as a hobby and can attest that you either have what it takes to move your audience, making you an artist, or you are merely a singer. Even a voice like Janis Joplin’s can be magical simply because she had the ability to touch her audience (not my kind of singing, but she had that God-given talent). No amount of spectacular clarity and range like Charlotte Church’s (who is just fabulous) can overshadow that this little girl has not only talent but also artistry. I hope and pray she will not become a prima donna, that she will be allowed to grow up whilst developing other areas of life, not just this phenomenal gift. Time will tell, and hopefully her parents will protect her, and help her remain balanced.

    Paul Potts was here in Toronto last night. The tickets started at $166 and went up to the high $300′s per seat. Five days prior, there were twelve tickets left. He is going to Mesa, Arizona, where the tickets start in the mid-$300 range and go up to the high $800s per seat. He has reportedly recorded an album of music which he is singing. If it is his dream to sing roles in opera, I truly hope he has the courage after this tour to focus on the training he needs to finish his stage presence. As has been said above, he has a talent which can only be honed, not created by lessons. I wish him success. There is so much more to life than just making money.

    Simon Cowell was wrong to suggest Connie should go into the recording studio immediately. Thank goodness cooler heads prevailed. Praying her parents remain centered and remember she is a little girl.

    Harry Chapin wrote a song about Mr Tanner, whose singing was “his life, it was not his livelihood”.

    Congratulations to the finalists, who were all excellent.

  • Anitta, I saw Paul Potts in concert in Tampa on March 2nd. I am stunned by the amount of money you paid for tickets.

    I purchased my tickets through Ticketmaster. The seats ranged from $45 to $35. I had given up hope of finding a ticket, but kept checking Ticketmaster every day. There were other ticket outlets charging a lot of money for good seats, but I did not want to pay their prices.

    I was so lucky. After logging onto Ticketmaster for the umpteenth time, I found 2 tickets in the 2nd row center and grabbed them up fast.

    Was absolutely thrilled by his concert. However, I do hope Paul is given a rest after his world tour.

  • GOD be your fulfilment,Paul Potts.We don’t think you will be Pavarotti,you will be PAUL.
    GOOD luck

  • I HAVE LOVED BALLET AND OPERA SINCE I WAS A LITTLE GIRL. I UNDERSTAND WHAT PAUL IS TALKING ABOUT WHEN HE SAID THE WORD
    ‘PASSION”. I DO NOT SING BUT I CAN BRING TEARS TO PEOPLE’S EYES WITH THE POETRY I WRITE. THAT IS MY PASSION. NO ONE BELIEVED I HAD ANY GIFT. MY AUNT SAID I WAS TO DUMB TO WRITE LIKE I DID. I DO IT BECAUSE LIKE PAUL I HAVE A GIFT GOD GAVE ME. I WILL BY EVERY ALBUM HE MAKES BECAUSE HIS SONGS MAKE ME FEEL GOOD, LIKE MY POETRY HELPS OTHERS PAUL HAS HELP ME. THANK YOU PAUL.

  • hey he deserved to win

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