As one series of Britain’s Got Talent comes to an end, the first winner, Paul Potts has this week released his second album, Passione. I caught up with the former Carphone Warehouse employee to chat about music.
To anyone who hasn't heard of you yet, how would you describe your sound?
It is difficult to describe, I sing many types of music with an operatic voice.
Tell us a bit about the inspiration behind your foxy new record.
Not sure about the foxy! Passione is about the many emotions that we go through in life: meeting our loved one for the first time, losing love, thinking we’ll never see them again, and falling in love.
If you were going to give us just one song of yours to listen to so that you would become our new favourite singer, what would it be?
Tristesse, which is about loving someone, losing their love and believing that you would get to hold them again
If you could cover another musician's song, what would it be?
Evanescence - "My Immortal"
You know we're having a bit of an economic crisis here at the moment, if people wanted to spend their last £10 on a cd this weekend, why should they buy yours?
There is something on the cd for everyone. It covers a variety of emotions that we all go through.
What three artists / bands would you have to headline your dream festival?
Pavarotti, Genesis and Dire Straits – all classics!
What has been your favourite musical memory to date?
It has been making this album. It has taken a year from planning it to releasing it, and it was more about who I am and the music I love.
Who do you think is the greatest artist around at the moment?
I can’t think of anyone around at the moment that for me tops Genesis – they are brilliant entertainers and storytellers.
If you could only listen to one CD for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Genesis: Live over Europe – it is full of all their classics.
What one thing did you always want as a child but never got?
A train set!
What did you think of this year/s Britain’s Got Talent acts? Who were your faves?
It was a great year for the show and there were some fantastic acts. Some that stood out for me were Diversity, Susan Boyle and Shaheen.
What one piece of advice would you give to the acts?
That now is when the work starts. It is up to them to establish themselves. But they also have to remember to enjoy themselves!
How did it feel to be going back to the BGT studios again to perform two years since winning?
It was quite nerve wracking, but it was great to be back. I was glad Simon didn’t buzz me!
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