Potts of Sour Grapes? The Paul Potts Controversy
Wherever there’s a prize to be had, jealousy and controversy are
never far away. ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent 2007 was no exception.
Some people thought Paul Potts, the tenor that brought a silent
stillness to an entire studio audience, made Amanda Holden almost as
emotional as did a very cute six year old singing sensation and
bagged thousands of public votes – shouldn’t have won. The reason:
he’s been an amateur singer for a while.
You see, at six, you haven’t had time to get many gigs, but at thirty-six, when singing’s your dream – you’ve tried a few times. That just means you’ve got determination. You’ve sung karaoke and you’ve joined an amateur operatic society if that’s your thing. That was certainly Paul Potts’ thing. He even spent ₤8,000 of his own cash on a singing course. OK it was money he got as winner of Michael Barrymore’s My Kind of People (1999) but it was money he’s deservedly earned. He didn’t get paid to appear – if he hadn’t won, he’d have got nothing.
Britain’s Got Talent was a show meant to bring us undiscovered talent. It did exactly that – would YOU have heard of Paul Potts without that show?
As Paul put it to The Sun newspaper “I am not a professional. I’ve never been paid for my singing, all the training I’ve received I paid for myself, and I grafted hard to do so.”
Too right he did! He is a mobile phone salesman, not a professional singer!
Paul Potts never professed to be completely untutored. But claims he had lessons from the great Pavarotti himself are clearly wrong. At the end of the week-long singing course, he was ASKED to sing for Pavarotti. Pavarotti may have thought Paul Potts was fantastic – if he heard what we heard on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent he probably should have thought that – but it wasn’t a career-making break.
So what’s a guy to do? Only losers give up. Paul Potts didn’t give up – he entered the biggest talent show Britain’s ever seen. Any of us could have done it. Many of us didn’t so we couldn’t win. Paul Potts won – it’s as simple as that. He won because he deserved to win.