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Paul Potts the Welshman who stole the show of the programme "Britain`s Got Talent". A very real from Rags to Riches story here. From the brink of bankruptcy to being in a star all within a matter of weeks. Paul is an accomplished Tenor and released his album "One Chance"after being voted the winner of that well known British television show. The clarity and polish of his voice is spine tingling. Though some of the Opera critics have commented on his lack of finesse ,if you enjoy a superb tenor voice,then join ranks and just listen to what he has to offer. The album has a mix of genres,the opening track being "Nessun Dorma" sung with such passion. Other tracks include: Time to say goodbye Amapola Everybody hurts Caruso Nella Fantasia You raise me up My way Cavatina Music of the night The mixture of song tells you that Paul does not aspire to be what he is not. His voice is crystal clear,heart warming and brings tears to your eyes. Since winning "Britain's got talent" Paul went on to appear at the Royal Variety performance ,and has since been touring extensively.
Paul Potts is the tenor singer that shot to fame after winning the first series of Britains Got Talent. At the auditions he spoke to the camera about being bullied at school, and in the media after he won was extensive coverage about how he overcame all of that to do so well for himself. I brought this CD after he won, because me and my mum enjoyed his performances the most and thought he was the best contestant to have won. The first track on the CD is Nessum Dorma by Puccini which he sung in his first audition for the panel. When he said he was going to sing opera, Simon Cowell sort of rolled his eyes... but his mouth dropped open when he actually sung. After he finished, he had a standing ovation from the audience. The second track is Time to say goodbye (Con Te Partiro) which he sung in the semi final for which he received the highest amount of votes, and actually looked shocked when Ant and Dec announced this and then went to the final. The third is Amapola, which is a spanish song which originally had spanish lyrics but now also has English lyrics. However Paul sings the original Spanish lyrics. Everybody Hurts (Ognuno Soffre) is the fourth track on this cd, which was an R.E.M song, however Paul covered it on this cd, but sang it in Italian which is the title in brackets. Caruso is the fifth track on this cd. It was originally a song dedicated to an Italian tenor. It has been covered by many singers, including Josh Groban and Pavarotti. Nella Fantasia has been covered by a lot of singers as well, including Russell Watson, Katherine Jenkins and Sarah Brightman. This song is about how the singer sees a world that could be (translation: In My Fantasy). You Raise Me Up (Por Ti Sere) is the next track on the cd. Paul sings this in Italian, but it has many many cover versions. My Way (A Mi Manera) is also sung in Italian, but is an alternative version of a song sung by Frank Sinatra about a man who is dying. His ninth track is called Cavatina, however this term is applied to a short of simple character, which this is. He sings in English and is backed by a simple guitar accompaniment. The last track is Music Of The Night, which most people will recognise as from Phantom Of The Opera, from when the Phantom has managed to get Christine down to his hideaway under the opera house. However the lyrics are slightly different to the stage version. This album was definately worth the £9.77 I paid in Asda as soon as it was released, because many of the songs on here I have heard performed by the people that were in my A level music class and it brings back good memories, not to mention having a song from my all time favourite musical! I had never heard Time to say goodbye before Paul performed it in the semi final, and it was such an amazing performance that I knew it would be a favourite for a long time, so I am glad I brought it. Also Nessum Dorma and Nella Fantasia are tracks I have particularly enjoyed, my mum has several version of these on different cd's and I have never really taken to them before, but now I like both of them. Cavatina, in my opinion, gives some variety on the cd, rather than the usual italian songs, similarly to Amapola, sung in Spanish. When I brought it I wasn't particularly impressed that You Raise Me Up was on here, as at the time I thought it was way over covered, not to mention the Westlife version that my sister loved at the time and I thought was awful. However I like the variety that it is sung in Italian, rather than the numerous English versions that, to be honest, bored me somewhat.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Nessun Dorma
2 Time To Say Goodbye (Con Te Partiro)
4 Everybody Hurts (Ognuno Soffre)
6 Nella Fantasia
7 You Raise Me Up (Por Ti Sere)
8 My Way (A Mi Manera)
10 Music Of The Night