Sweden’s got talent, too July 9, 2007Posted by Jeff in Italian, Opera, Theater, Vaudeville, Weirdness.
Paul Potts, a cellphone salesman from Port Talbot, South Wales, with a name only a Cambodian dictator could love, has won the Britain’s Got Talent TV competition with a little ditty that some Italian guy wrote for the World Cup:
Okay, before we get too excited, this was his competition in the finals:
That football song Mr. Potts was singing was written by Giacomo Puccini for his last opera, Turandot.
In all sincerity, I wish Mr. Potts a long and prosperous career. The more successful he is selling records singing arias like “Nessun dorma”, the more likely a few of his fans will seek out this:
Far be it from me to question’s Simon Cowell’s taste in opera, but I think I know which version I prefer. And comparing the two is unfair, but then, comparing any tenor to Jussi Björling is unfair.
Although come to think of it, there is a resemblance: