Archive for February 1st, 2008

The Amazing Story of Paul Potts

Just a couple of hours ago, I was calling my sister who is studying abroad. We were exchanging news and stories when she asked me whether I have heard about Paul Potts or not. Since I really haven’t heard his name before, my sister told me that he’s the winner of the first series of Britain’s Got Talent. I remember seeing a video about a girl who is also a participant of the show where she wowed Simon Cowell with her rendition of Somewhere over the Rainbow. The girl name is Connie Talbot. My sister told me that she made it into the final round but Paul is the winner. She then gave me the link to the video of Paul’s audition.

Connie is a talented girl, and I love hearing her sing Somewhere over the Rainbow, so I was quite curious about this Paul guy. So I visit the link and suddenly I found myself crying my eyes out. It was beautiful! I don’t really know why, but I felt very much moved by Paul’s audition where he sings Nessun Dorma, an operatic aria from Turandot. There’s something about the way he sings that felt like magic. I think he really gave his all, singing that audition. Especially when I heard him told them about his lack of confidence, how his singing is his solace whenever he got bullied. In a way, he relates to all of us, who at a point in our life felt the same way as he did. And that, coupled with his amazing way of singing, touch me in a way I never felt before. And I believe many people felt the same way, too.

Paul Potts changes many lives with his singing. His, mine, and I believe, many more lives too. I wish him all the best on his newfound life. Thank you for teaching me to dream and hope again. God bless you, Paul Potts.