From mobile phone salesman to talent show king, it’s been an unlikely journey for Britain’s Got Talent winner, opera singer Paul Potts. The unassuming Welshman faced stiff competition from child stars, a wisecracking puppeteer and even a couple of flashy barmen.
Reality TV shows are generally known for praising looks over substance, and many were sure cute six-year-old Connie Talbott had the title in the bag. Then Paul Potts began to sing.
His rousing rendition of Nessum Dorma earned him a standing ovation from the appreciative crowd and judges.
“I think we’ve seen the winner of Britain’s Got Talent,” enthused Piers Morgan, and his fellow judges, Simon Cowell and Amanda Holden, couldn’t help but agree.
So did the voting public, rewarding Paul Potts’ efforts with £100,000 and a prime slot on the Royal Variety Performance where he’ll sing for the Queen. As you can see below, no one was more stunned by the verdict than Paul himself.