The Singing Phone Salesman

Ken AshfordPopular CultureLeave a Comment

This video is getting a bit viral, so you may have seen it by now.  If not, you’re in for a treat.

It comes from a TV competition show from across the pond called "Britain’s Got Talent".  Yes, it’s basically the same as "America’s Got Talent" and "American Idol".  A bunch of contestents, three judges, etc.

In fact, one of the judges is Simon Cowell himself.  The popular British show ends with the finals this coming weekend, and the odds-on favorite — er, favourite — is a guy named Paul Potts.

Potts is a mobile phone salesman, a Welsh nobody who lacks looks and confidence.  His one dream is to sing opera.

He waddles out on to stage, and you think it’s going to be one of those crash-and-burn talent show auditions…

…but then he opens his mouth and starts to sing.

You don’t have to be an opera fan to be moved by this: