Paul Potts

Paul Robert Potts(born 13 October 1970)is a British tenor. In 2007, he won the first series of ITV 'sBritain's Got Talentwith his performance of " Nessun dorma ", an aria from Puccini 's operaTurandot. As a singer of operatic pop music, Potts recorded the albumOne Chance, which topped sales charts in nine countries. Prior to winningBritain's Got Talent, Potts was a manager at The Carphone Warehouse . He had served as a Bristol city councillor from 1996 until 2003, and also had performed in amateur opera from 1999 to 2003.

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 Paul Potts's Early life

néeHiggins), a supermarket cashier.He has two brothers and one sister.

He also sang with the choir at Chester Park Junior School and with the choirs at several Bristol churches, including Christ Church. Potts said in interviews that he had been bullied in school, and that experience may have made him lack self-confidence . He has also said that his voice had always been a source of solace in the past when he was bullied.

After he left school in 1987 Potts had various jobs including working at Waitrose and Tesco ; he also may have worked part-time at Debenhams .

, Potts took a six-month sabbatical from his job and resigned on 5 March 2008.

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 Paul Potts's Singing career

in 2001; Don Ottavio in Mozart'sDon Giovanniin 2003; and Radames in Verdi 'sAidain 2003.He also performed the role of the Chevalier des Grieux in Puccini'sManon Lescautfor the Southgate Opera Company in London, an amateur company, in May 2003. Additionally, he sang with a small ensemble from the Royal Philharmonic in front of an audience of 15,000 and toured northern Italy as a soloist as part of his music classes there.

despite doctors' wishes to remove an adrenal tumour they had discovered during his illness from a burst appendix , and shortly after the tumour surgery performedManon Lescaut. Potts broke his collarbone and suffered whiplash in a bicycle accident in 2003. The mishap and financial difficulties that followed led him to enterBritain's Got Talentdespite not having sung in years.

He also participated in the soundtrack of epic Korean dramaQueen Seondeok, singing two major characters, Deokman and Yushin 's love theme "Passo Dopo Passo" in Italian, meaning "Step by Step". He has also performed a duet with world famous soprano, Hayley Westenra ,Sei Con Me, featured in his albumPassione.

Britain's Got Talent[edit]

Main article: Britain's Got Talent

Potts sang the full rendition of Giacomo Puccini 's " Nessun dorma ", which was condensed for broadcast. His rendition of the song brought looks of awe from the judges. Potts received a standing ovation from the audience of 2,000 people. The YouTube video clip from the show has had more than 149 million views,making it one of the top 100 most watched YouTube videos.

He progressed to the final after receiving the highest public vote in that show.He performed "Nessun dorma" again for his finale on 17 June 2007, as well as an encore after he won the competition. Potts defeated the bookmakers' co-favourite Connie Talbot , and received the highest percentage of two million votes cast to win £100,000. He then performed at theRoyal Variety Performanceon 3 December 2007, in front of Queen Elizabeth II .

On 3 December 2012, he was invited to celebrate 100 years of theRoyal Variety Performancealongside Spelbound , Diversity and 2009 finalist Stavros Flatley. Together they performed a dance routine finishing with Potts singing "Nessun Dorma" with Diversity dancing to the song.

Doubts over amateur status[edit]

and had plans for a summer tour with that orchestra.Potts responded that he had not claimed to be completely untutored, only that he had never performed any concert for pay and was therefore an amateur. He also said that the Pavarotti masterclass he attended in Italy was paid for from his own savings and was a single masterclass, not regular coaching.

AfterBritain's Got Talent[edit]

,and appeared live on NBC's programmeToday.

On 16 July 2007, his debut albumOne Chancewas released in the UK, and claimed the No. 1 spot in the UK Album Chart the following week. In December 2007, Prime Minister Gordon Brown presented Potts with a platinum disc for having sold 2,000,000 copies of his album.

of 97 concerts in 85 cities across 23 countries; this ended on 12 November. This included three outdoor classical music concerts with the Finnish violinist Linda Brava and the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra at Sofiero Palace , Sundbyholms Castle and Slottskogsvallen from 24 to 26 July.In the semi-finals of the 2009 series ofBritain's Got Talent, Potts appeared in a comeback performance.

about YouTube, a site where clips of his performances had been viewed over 92 million times as of April 2012;as of April 2009, his first appearance onBritain's Got Talentwas the fourth most viewed YouTube video in the UK. On 24 November 2007, Potts was interviewed on the National Public Radio programmeWeekend Edition. On 15 August 2008, he performed before the German football season opener match between Bayern Munich and Hamburger SV in front of 69,000 visitors as well as on 2 September 2008 during the farewell game for Oliver Kahn .

In August 2008, he did a now famous duet with Daniel Powter on the Wolfbaggin' Tour. In October 2008, Paul Potts sang in Japanese TV advertisements for Ryukakusan Direct throat medicine.Potts received two nominations at the Echo Awards 2009 in Germany: Best International Male Artist and Album of the Year. He won the 2009 Echo Award for Best International Male Artist on 21 February 2009. On 22 April 2009, Potts was the guest co-host on the Australian television programmeThe Morning Showwith Kylie Gillies . Expanding his talent to the online world, Paul Potts recently performed an exclusive in studio performance for AOL Sessions .He collaborated with Swedish singer Carola Häggkvist on her Christmas albumChristmas in Bethlehem, singing " O Holy Night ". Potts has appeared twice on the popular Korean Talent TV showStar King, first in 2008 and once again in 2010.

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 Paul Potts's Discography

Studio albums[]

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positionsCertificationsSales
One Chance
  • Released: 16 July 2007
  • Label:Syco,Columbia
  • Format: Digital download, CD
1 1 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 4 23
  • UK: 2× Platinum
  • SWE: 3× Platinum
  • GER: 5× Platinum
  • NZ: 3× Platinum
  • AUS: 2× Platinum
  • Released: 1 June 2009
  • Label: Syco, Columbia
  • Format: Digital download, CD
5 7 5 4 6 3 15 1 5 9 33
  • SWE: Gold
  • NZ: Gold
  • TAI: Platinum
  • SWE: 20,000
  • US: 16,000+
  • NZ: 7,500+
Cinema Paradiso
  • Released: 15 October 2010
  • Label: Sony Music Entertainment
  • Format: Digital download, CD
33 65 17 40 9 68
One Chance:
The Incredible True Story of Paul Potts

Motion Picture Soundtrack
  • Released: 21 October 2013 (Germany)
  • Label: Sony Music Entertainment
  • Format: Digital download, CD
33 40 2
  • Released: 12 October 2014
  • Label: Sony Music Entertainment
  • Format: Digital download, CD
36 36
"—" denotes album that did not chart or was not released.


YearTitlePeak chart positionsAlbum
2007" 100 8 13 2 52 12 One Chance

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  1. "Nessun Dorma" got the 19th best-selling single of 2008 in Germany and was certified as Gold for selling more than 150,000 copies.[47][48] In the UK, the song charted due to digital downloads only.

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