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Tenor Potts grabs US record deal
Paul Potts
Singer Paul Potts impressed judges with a version of Nessun Dorma
Opera singer Paul Potts, the winner of TV's Britain's Got Talent, has signed a deal to release his debut album in 15 countries, including the US.

The former mobile phone salesman won fans across the world after 10 million people viewed his winning performance on video-sharing site YouTube.

The 36-year-old Welshman signed a 1m recording deal with show judge Simon Cowell after his win last month.

The album will include Nessun Dorma, which he performed on the programme.

Karaoke competition

The deal will see One Chance released in countries including Australia, Canada, Germany, Spain and Italy.

It includes the UK and Ireland, where it is due to hit the shops on 16 July.

The singer will also embark on a UK tour in January and February of next year, culminating in a concert at London's Hammersmith Apollo on 17 February.

Potts' victory on Britain's Got Talent won him 100,000 and a spot performing at the Royal Variety Performance in front of the Queen.

The ITV1 show proved a ratings hit as 11 million people tuned into the final, in which Potts beat six-year-old singer Connie Talbot to the prize.

He first sang opera at the age of 28 for a karaoke competition when he dressed up as his idol, Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti.


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