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i am probably the last one to have seen this (because i don't much care for those "american idol" type shows), but OMG, i wish i had seen the show in which this aired (britain's got talent, yet another simon cowell show). the video is fun because it starts out with this chubby little telephone salesman with bad teeth in front of the microphone and you can pretty much read the judges' minds from the expressions on their faces. and then:

http://www.maniacworld.com/Phone-Salesman-Amazes-Crowd.html

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on 2007-10-11 21:50 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] whey.livejournal.com
Ahh, that was totally worth interrupting our TiVo of this week's Poker After Dark. ^^

on 2007-10-12 02:59 (UTC)
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Posted by [identity profile] pir-anha.livejournal.com
*cackle*.

on 2007-10-11 23:10 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] prairierabbit.livejournal.com
Wow. Thanks, I don't typically watch those shows either, and that was great.

on 2007-10-12 00:53 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] velochicdunord.livejournal.com
Oh. My. God.

That guy is the next Pavarotti.

Humble roots, minimal trainin, massive pipes.

on 2007-10-12 02:42 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] leiacat.livejournal.com
Yeah, that was my reaction too. I never watch any of these shows, but it hit my friends list, and my jaw dropped, and seeing the judges' jaws drop was worth the price of admission. (And I'm pretty sure he won, too.)

on 2007-10-12 02:59 (UTC)
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Posted by [identity profile] pir-anha.livejournal.com
yeah, he won. and got signed by sony for a record contract. i might just buy the album.

on 2007-10-12 15:41 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] novazembla.livejournal.com
From a New York Times article about record producer Rick Rubin about a month ago:

All this Zen calm notwithstanding, Rubin, who was drinking ginger tea, was working. "Do you know about Paul Potts?" he asked as he went to the kitchen to get his laptop. "You have to see this. It totally blew my mind." Rubin found the proper link and turned the screen to face me. The clip was from a British show called "Britain's Got Talent," a version of "American Idol." Despite its popularity, Rubin has never seen "American Idol," and he had never heard of Simon Cowell, who is a judge on both programs.

"This is insane," Rubin said enthusiastically as the clip began. In the video, an ordinary-looking middle-aged man waited nervously backstage. When he faced the judges, he told them he worked at a mobile-phone store and wanted to sing opera. The studio audience looked annoyed — they clearly wanted to hear a pop song — and the judges were cold and dismissive. No one expected anything remarkable from this dull-looking, forgettable guy.

But then Paul Potts sang — "Nessun dorma" from "Turandot." He had an improbably beautiful voice. "Where does that come from?" Rubin said as he watched. Tears were rolling down his cheeks. "I can't look at this without crying," he said. "His voice is so beautiful." When Potts finished his song, Cowell said, "I thought you were absolutely fantastic." The studio audience roared with approval, and Potts beamed.

"It's August now — that show was eight weeks ago," Rubin said. "In England, Paul Potts is already gigantic, but we are going to launch him in America. This just blew my mind."

@%<

paul potts

on 2007-10-12 18:29 (UTC)
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Posted by [identity profile] pir-anha.livejournal.com
thanks. how cool is that. i'm happy for him. i hope this ride will be everything he hoped for -- most of all that he'll get to sing all he wants instead of having to sell phones.

yeah, i cried too. now, i am probably building a little close to the water right now anyway. but i am not even a particular opera fan (i don't hate it, but for the most part can take it or leave it). yet this guy's voice has some ineffable quality that touches something mystical in me.

today i'm feeling like i am a little closer to understanding why the japanese go ga-ga over their idea of "purity".

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