Talking with Paul Potts

paul_potts_passione.jpgPaul Potts first sang opera in 1999 in a karaoke competition, dressed as Luciano Pavarotti. In the following years he dabbled in amateur opera but it was in June 2007 when his audition for Britain’s Got Talent was broadcast that he began his truly extraordinary journey towards winning the first season of the competition and becoming known around the world as the mobile phone salesman with the incredible voice. Millions of people around the world have watched that first audition that blew the audience and the judges away.

The last two years have been an epic journey of incredible hard work and dedication. His debut album One Chance, which sold over three and a half million albums, rocketed to the number one spot in 13 countries including the UK, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong and Mexico and stormed to the top 10 in a further eight. In the UK, his album outsold the entire top 10 collectively in its first week.

Paul’s latest album Passione has just been released and he joined me on the phone today during my morning radio programme on 98.5 Sonshine FM.

My job allows me the opportunity to speak to many well known people from all around the world. I’d have to say that my chat with Paul would rank among my favourite interviews because he seems like such an ordinary guy. He certainly has an amazing voice but he is still genuine and down to earth.

Just click the play button on the audio player at the bottom of this post to hear our conversation.

I spoke to Paul about suffering at the hands of bullies in his younger years, comparisons between his story and that of Susan Boyle, the unlikely star of this year’s season of Britain’s Got Talent and about the career path he thought of following when he was just six.

I hope you’ll take the time to listen to the interview and enjoy spending some time with the remarkable Paul Potts.

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Rodney Olsen

Rodney is a husband, father, cyclist, blogger and podcaster from Perth Western Australia.

He previously worked in radio for about 25 years but these days he spends his time at Compassion Australia, working towards releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.

The views he expresses here are his own.

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