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Simon Cowell is not only the toughest critic on American Idol, he also tells it like it is on the British version called Britain's Got Talent. When a video from that show surfaced on YouTube, millions went crazy for the shy cell phone salesman with a passion for opera. "By day, I sell mobile phones. My dream is to spend my life doing what I feel that I was born to do," Paul said before his performance on Britain's Got Talent.

The unlikely contestant gave the performance of a lifetime, bringing tears to the eyes of audience members and rousing a standing ovation. Paul went on to win the competition and was immediately signed to a record deal by Simon Cowell.

Now, Paul performs an operatic song from his first album One Chance for the Oprah audience. "People in our audience are crying and [they] don't even understand Italian," Oprah says. "That's when you know."
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Published on November 06, 2007

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