Paul Potts sings his way to America’s Got Talent: The Champions final
PAUL POTTS has become the second British act to make it through to the final of America’s Got Talent: The Champions.
The special edition of the show brings together former winners and standout acts from the programme around the world.
Earlier in the season Scottish singer Susan Boyle booked her place in the final and yesterday she was joined by Bristol-born tenor Potts.
The former phone salesman, who shot to fame after winning the first season of Britain’s Got Talent in 2007, received a standing ovation for his cover of Italian song Caruso.
All four judges — Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel — praised the performance, with Cowell describing it as ‘extraordinary’ while Spice Girl Mel said it was ‘beautiful’.
Potts made it to the final three alongside magician Jon Dorenbos and roller blade due Billy and Emily.
After a public vote the 48-year-old was named the winner, meaning he will have a shot at America’s Got Talent ultimate champion.
Potts and Boyle, who finished second on BGT in 2009, were not the only British entrants.
Courtney Hadwin, the teenager who reached the final of America’s Got Talent last year, made it to the final three in her heat but failed to go through. And Ashleigh Butler, who won season six of BGT with performing dog Pudsey, was knocked out in the same episode.
Acts already in the final are singer Angelica Hale, comedian Preacher Lawson, danger act Deadly Games and rocker Cristina Ramos. The series continues in the US next week.
Author: Keiran Southern