I discovered this yesterday via Dale Price at Dyspeptic Mutterings and via The Anchoress
A humble, modest cell phone salesman, a rather dumpy, ordinary-looking guy in a bad suit, enters a TV talent competition, reveals his extraordinary gift, and blows the judges away. Even Simon Cowell, the King of Putdowns and Snarky Comments, is visibly moved. There's something almost operatic in that storyline alone. But the best part is, the fairy tale continues right to the end:
If you watch the original video over on YouTube, notice the cheap shots and mean-spirited jibes some people felt compelled to make. If you ever needed proof that we live in a fallen world, just look at the jealousy and resentment that can come out when someone does something beautiful and extraordinary like this. I don't know beans about opera--never cared much for it, to be honest--and perhaps someone more familiar with the music than I could find fault with his technique, but it's obvious the man has tremendous talent that can only be improved with the right coaching and development. If you ask me, the guy deserves credit simply for having the brass to sing opera in front of a national TV audience in a culture where pop music is the dominant form. Here's to Paul Potts! I hope this is the start of great things for him!