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This was sent to me by ashacat's uncle. I think you could call this an example of don't hide your light under a basket, or more properly, what happens when someone lifts that basket up. Crank up your speakers and enjoy:

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matociquala
Sep. 29th, 2007 01:42 pm (UTC)
Wow.

We are such *amazing* monkeys.
netcurmudgeon
Sep. 29th, 2007 02:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah. It literally brought tears to my eyes and I don't even like opera!
matociquala
Sep. 29th, 2007 07:45 pm (UTC)
It's the way he wins them all over, when they're all sitting there prepared to be horrified by this ordinary looking man with the broken front tooth.
shesingsnow
Sep. 29th, 2007 02:55 pm (UTC)
Do you remember when the whole Paul Potts phenomenon swept the country?!! He's incredible.

Paul Potts is coming up again in the public consciousness because his album was just released... FYI. His story is fantastic... he's had a hard life, and he only entered the contest on the flip of a coin. Talk about one of those times when a single moment changes your life forever.
netcurmudgeon
Sep. 29th, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC)
Ya'know, being a non-TV household, we missed it. I never would have known about Mr. Potts were it not for Asha's uncle in Calgary who periodically forwards jokes and whatnot.
shesingsnow
Sep. 29th, 2007 08:03 pm (UTC)
*grin* I must confess, I first saw it on LJ... and then heard about it from my Welsh customers at Disney. Not to worry - it wasn't on American television. It just sorta bubbled up out of YouTube and spilled out into the news. Then, all of a sudden, Paul Potts was watercooler talk.

The judge on the right's name is Simon Cowell (sp?), who among other things is known for finding and creating music "stars" through reality television shows. Mr Cowell through judicious editing comes across on tv as an ass, but he knows his stuff. He started a show called "Britain's Got Talent" where as far as I know, anyone spinning hula hoops or walking on their hands can come and audition. There's an American version of the show, but I've never seen it.
shesingsnow
Sep. 29th, 2007 03:14 pm (UTC)
Just in case this helps -- this particular song is Nessun Dorma from the opera Turandot by Puccini. Many folks that do not particularly like opera like Puccini. The song's been used in quite a few films and a bunch of commercials, so it resonates unexpectedly with lots of folks who may not follow opera.

That said, this is the song that made Pavarotti a household name. I'm thinking it's no coincidence that it's done the same for Paul Potts. And he did a spectacular job on the show. I love that he's been discovered at the beginning of his (operatic) vocal career, just when his voice is getting seasoned. Love it. :-D
netcurmudgeon
Sep. 29th, 2007 07:40 pm (UTC)
That does. Thank you; now I understand why I had a feeling for the piece the first time I saw the clip. His voice is just wonderful, and his enunciation and clarity ... I don't know a word of Italian, but the words were coming through brilliantly.
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