British tenor Paul Potts (age 48) stunned the judges of “America’s Got Talent (AGT): The Champions” with his powerful rendition of “Caruso”, a song written by Italian singer-songwriter Lucio Dalla in 1986.
Paul Potts’ performance on January 21, 2019 received a standing ovation from the audience and the judges, who had nothing but praises for him.
Judge Mel B said:
Wow, I mean, that was just mind-blowingly beautiful. You just reminded all that you can still be famous and amazing and still be humble, and have your feet on the floor down to earth.
Simon Cowell, the creator of “British Got Talent” and the “Got Talent” franchise had this to say about Potts:
Apart from anything else, you actually define what this show was meant to be, which was people with extraordinary talent who just weren’t given a chance. And you came on the show, the public loves you, your dreams came true. And I’m really, really happy that you’ve come back.
To those comments Paul Potts softly replied, “Thank You!”
What most viewers didn’t know is that Paul Potts wasn’t even in full voice when he gave that incredible performance.
Days before the broadcast of the AGT Champions episode, he tweeted a sneak peek of his act and said that it wasn’t a bad performance considering he had a cold during the run up and had mild laryngitis.
Watch Paul Potts’ performance on AGT: Champions that everyone is raving about:
Paul Potts sings “Caruso” on AGT Champions
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Potts got the highest number of votes by the end of the show from the Superfans, assuring him a spot in the finals. Superfans are delegates from all 50 states in the US, chosen from dedicated AGT viewers.
Extreme roller blade act Billy and Emily England got the second highest number of Superfans vote, followed by magician Jon Dorenbos.
Paul Potts is the first winner of Britain’s Got Talent (2007). After his win, he had recorded 5 studio albums. His debut album, titled “One Chance” went multi-platinum in several countries and sold 2,000,000 copies. “One Chance” is also the title of a Hollywood biographical film based on Paul Potts’ life which starred James Corden.
Before he sang “Caruso” on AGT: The Champions, Potts said he had performed in “about 1100 concerts” in the last 11 years.
He said he looks back to the Got Talent show with fondness and gratitude because: “I walked on to the stage a nobody, and left it as somebody.”
Paul Potts will join singers Susan Boyle, Cristina Ramos, and Angelica Hale, as well as stand up comedian Preacher Lawson and extreme knife throwers Deadly Games, in the finals of AGT Champions.
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