Was shown this clip today. It’s Paul Potts – some of you may know who he is; if you don’t, you probably soon will – at his televised audition at an episode of Britain’s Got Talent, the British version of American Idol.
I was blown away. It’s not just that he is good – it’s also the way one of the judges showed his obvious (good-natured but obvious) doubt about Paul’s ability before he sang; the audience’s reaction (a spontaneous standing ovation, and an all-round gleeful delight that they were witnessing something this extraordinary); the facial expression of the famously sharp-tongued Simon Cowell, from incredulous to stunned to appreciative (he’s literally open-mouthed stunned at one point).
P/S. And it’s clear Paul Potts didn’t know he was good – there was a point at the end of his performance when one of the judges smiled at Paul to let him know it’s okay, relax, he did well, and then laughed a little bit in disbelief that Paul did not know he was good. He’s a classic likeable underdog, and we can all identify with those folks :)
PP/S. The Aerosmith song at the end of the clip has no place there.