Monday, June 18, 2007
This is rather cheering. A portly chap called Paul Potts, endowed with absolutely none of the requisites of stardom, but, like Leonard Cohen, 'born with the gift of a golden voice', wins Britain's Got Talent (a TV contest modelled on America's Got Talent). His voice (unlike old Len's) is a powerful tenor, and all he had to do was belt out Nessun Dorma. The biggest, boldest, most potent expression of irresistible tenordom - it never fails. There was nothing else he could have done that would have won him the contest. And now this touching latest on Paul Potts. I hope he enjoys his moment, maybe even makes a career - he seems a nice man, ravaged with self-doubt and beset by misfortune. No doubt the reptiles of showbiz and the gutter press are all over him like a rash. Let's hope he survives, strengthened in every way - and with better teeth.
Posted by Nige at 2:03 pm