A Voice Rises
On the night of June 9th 2007, a new television reality show called 'Britain's Got Talent' went on
air in the UK. On its first ever broadcast, a shy, unassuming man opened his mouth to sing the
famous operatic aria 'Nessun Dorma', delivering a beautiful, stirring rendition that would change
his life from that moment forward.
Swept up in the contagious emotion of Giacomo Puccini's stunning aria, and the unlikely figure
with crooked teeth and diluted confidence who had crooned it for them, the show's three
judges -- Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan -- stared in awe at what they had just
witnessed, while the audience of 2,000 at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff erupted in a
standing ovation. Britain was instantly won over by Paul Potts, who was then working as a
manager at the Port Talbot branch of The Carphone Warehouse, and followed him on his
journey to becoming the first ever winner of the new talent show and, subsequently, a world-
famous opera singer. Potts' unanticipated vocal prowess didn't stay confined to UK shores for
long, blazing a scorched trail around the globe as news of his improbable audition went viral
and millions watched it for themselves on YouTube.
But despite his own admission before going on stage that he was lacking in confidence, few
knew the herculean effort it had taken for Potts to reach that point, and the trials, tribulations
and monumental setbacks he had suffered along the way. As thrilling as Potts' on-air success
was to behold, it was the story leading up to his 'Britain's Got Talent' appearance that the
filmmakers of One Chance wanted to tell: the tale of a steelworker's son from south Wales who
fell in love with opera at an early age and, despite bullying, skepticism and physical hardship,
never gave up on trying to achieve his dreams. And by the way, it's a comedy.
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