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Nov 14, 2007

For all of you, who might have missed it I cannot help sharing this momentuous event:

Paul Potts transforms the sceptic jury and the audience from disbelief to roaring enthusiasm in the UK TV-competition "Britain's got talent":

http://youtube.com/watch?v=exyJ2CSfrHo

One simply cannot help being happy for what happens.
See for yourselves!


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Julia Glasmann
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Amazing! Nov 14, 2007

I am really not a softie, but I had goose bumps and was a little teary-eyed. What a pity that I can't follow the show here in Germany

Thanks for sharing, Mats!


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Thank you, Mats Nov 14, 2007

Well, I am a softie! But this would have touched me even if I weren't.

Mats, I took you at your word and downloaded it. I seldom download videos because of my slow dialup connection (it took more than 20 minutes), but every now and then it's worth it. This time it was. Thank you.

Jane


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xxxLia Fail  Identity Verified
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wonderful:-) Nov 14, 2007

Paul Pott’s YouTube Clip Most Highly Rated EVER!
Tags: Britain's Got Talent, Paul Potts

A clip of Britain’s got Talent winner, Paul Potts singing Nessun Dorma has become YouTube’s highest rated clip EVER!

The clip has been viewed a massive 6,476,461 times and has received 16449 ratings.


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Actually, it's great material for an opera Nov 15, 2007

Mats Wiman wrote:

One simply cannot help being happy for what happens.


I mean, the subtext. As you get teary-eyed, you ask yourself, are you:

1.) tuning in to Turandot?
2.) missing Pavarotti?
3.) mentally wondering how many cell phone salesmen (or simply "people" for that matter) aren't doing what they want to do?

And while you're at it running through all the famous voices who ever touched the aria, were any of them ever so humble?

And lastly, opera itself -- what comes after O corvo branco?


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Liliana Roman-Hamilton  Identity Verified
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and what about....Connie! Nov 15, 2007

If Paul Potts put a tear into your eyes, take a look at the other contestant of the program, the adorable, cutie patootie Connie Talbot, singing "Over the Rainbow".


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWNoiVrJDsE


I must say, it melted even my heart (that is not particularly moved by kids)...

Enjoy
Lily


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Graciela Guzman  Identity Verified
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Thanks for sharing! Nov 15, 2007

I had already seen Paul Potts clip and I loved his voice and attitude.

Connie is also an incredible singer, and so sweet!

I admire people who can sing like they do.

Take care,

Graciela


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Definition of "amateur" Nov 15, 2007

Mats Wiman wrote:
For all of you, who might have missed it I cannot help sharing this momentuous event...


Of course, Paul Potts was only an amateur in the strict sense of the word. Prior to taking part in the competition, he had never been paid for singing.

He did, however, have music lessons and he had sung roles in full-scale opera productions previously.

But yes, a marvelous rags to riches story.


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Kathryn Strachecky  Identity Verified
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Quite agree Nov 15, 2007

Liliana Roman-Hamilton wrote:

If Paul Potts put a tear into your eyes, take a look at the other contestant of the program, the adorable, cutie patootie Connie Talbot, singing "Over the Rainbow".


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWNoiVrJDsE


I must say, it melted even my heart (that is not particularly moved by kids)...

Enjoy
Lily


I enjoyed Paul Potts, but he lost a lot of his humility, which made his charm, by the final.
But little Connie, with her microphone as big as herself and her gappy smile, really stole the show for me.

Thanks for sharing Mats!


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lbc2002
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thank you for sharing Nov 15, 2007

excellent!
thank you


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Mats Wiman  Identity Verified
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I do not miss Pavarotti Nov 15, 2007

Parrot wrote:
I mean, the subtext. As you get teary-eyed, you ask yourself, are you:
1.) tuning in to Turandot?
2.) missing Pavarotti?
3.) mentally wondering how many cell phone salesmen (or simply "people" for that matter) aren't doing what they want to do?


1.) No
2.) No. I listened to him singing nessun Dorma and it sounded like an empty barrel for all bravado and profesionalism.
No poetry, no spirit and phrasing like a machine.

3.) Indeed! That is the beauty of these competitions. The unobtrusive talent reaches the limelight by delivering something that people love.

Mats


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Parrot  Identity Verified
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It's a critical method, Mats Nov 15, 2007

To get to the heart of why you appreciate things, you have to rule out every other possibility

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Great! Nov 15, 2007

Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

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Abdellatif Bouhid  Identity Verified
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Thank you Mats and Liliana. Nov 15, 2007

These competitions open the field to people who otherwise wold never be found.

[Edited at 2007-11-15 13:11]


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Erik Freitag  Identity Verified
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Cute Nov 15, 2007

Hi!

Connie's cute! Could anybody enlighten me as to what she answers to the "judge's" question what she thinks about whether the queen would like her singing? I just can't understand what she's saying there...

Thank you!

Erik



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