By now, many folks have heard the story of Paul Potts. If you haven’t, you need to see the video below! He has become an overnight sensation. An incredible story of a 36-year-old British man who was making a living as a mobile cellphone salesman. Check out the story line…it’s made for Hollywood: Bullied as kid and consequently, resorts to singing; Has ambitions of being an opera singer but gives up his dreams; Wasn’t even going to audition for the talent show…But alas, he enters and wins the Britain’s Got Talent show [equivalent to 'American Idol' here in the Stateside]. It’s a little mushy but what a wonderful story of a hidden talent that is now uncovered for others to enjoy. I have a reputation of a tough man to maintain but I have to confess I got a little teary-eyed the first time I saw this video. The last time I cried was when the Seattle Seahawks lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl couple years back. That was painful but that’s another story.
While there was some “controversy” of some details that revealed Paul had some vocal training, the truth seems to be that he really is an average bloke.
I have never worked as a professional singer. I have poured everything I could earn into a few lessons, but everyone taking part in this television show has had some training,’ he said yesterday.
‘My four performances with Bath Opera a few years back were all amateur. I am angry about this because I have never earned anything, although I did get petrol expenses a couple of times.’ His story is confirmed this weekend by the singing teacher who gave him lessons until Potts was forced to give up in 2003 because of illness. Potts adds that he has always been open about a trip to Italy to improve his voice. He had saved up to sing for Luciano Pavarotti in a masterclass, but had no tuition from the great tenor. [read the full interview]
What’s he going to do with the earnings? Well, he intends to pay off some debt and fix his teeth. How average and ordinary can you get? The bloke even has a MySpace account. I guarantee you that you’re going to see commercials soon with a montage of his singing and ordinary folks saying, “I am Paul Potts.”
I want to resist the temptation of making this a nice “spiritual illustration” but how can one resist? One of the thoughts that came across my mind as I was seeing this video was the thought of all the undiscovered beauty [and talent] in the lives of all people. And maybe part of the function of the body of Christ and pastors is to serve as “talent scouts” or discoverers.