December 04, 2008


I don't watch American Idol or shows like it, but I happened upon a youtube tonight of the winner of the British version. Paul Potts is a real life Mr. Tanner, only with a happy ending.

This clip of his initial tryout for the show is excellent. You can just see the dread on the judges' faces when he says he's going to sing opera.

It is beautiful.

Why don't we get opera singers winning American Idol?

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1 I've seen that before, but it still gave me goosebumps and brought tears to my eyes!

Posted by: Miss Ladybug at December 04, 2008 04:53 PM (zoxao)

2 Oh my...thank you so much for sharing that. It actually brought tears to my eyes and gave me goose bumps. Amazing...

Posted by: Stacy at December 04, 2008 06:43 PM (/fVrW)

3 ditto. and then there's the teeny-boppers. . . . on whatever reality TV show is currently posing for "must-see-TV" the sublime vs. the trendy. Funny, because tears seem to be the stamp of the sublime. [and yes, it was funny to see the look of apprehension on the judges faces when he said "opera"!]

Posted by: prophet at December 05, 2008 03:32 AM (3GLn5)

4 Loved it! And I love prophet's point: "tears seem to be the stamp of the sublime." *Ducking rocks now* Hubby has gotten me into American Idol, but I do see real artistry in a few of the contestants. Not all, by any stretch of the imagination, but I did recognize a different artistry in the latest AI winner (David Cook). Like I said, it's different from Paul Potts's talent, but still another type of artistry, appreciable in its own way... at least in my mind. :-) As to why they don't have opera singers winning, it's a pop singing competition, (unfortunately and probably *unwisely*), so they turn down the good opera singers and tell them to stick with that. It sure would liven things up if they had all sorts of competition - and I'd be interested to see how the more sublime arts fared against the teeny-bopper crowd... :-)

Posted by: kannie at December 05, 2008 11:54 AM (iT8dn)

5 Actually this wasn't Idol, it was Britains got talent. On the America's got talent version, there was an opera singer also and he won the $1,000,000. His name is Neal Boyd and he sang the same song, it always make everyone cry.

Posted by: rayanne at December 05, 2008 03:58 PM (l/CzG)

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