11 Responses to “Feel good story”

  1. Mad June 18, 2007 at 10:45 PM #

    I didn’t see this when it aired but there was a segment on him on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams tonight and all I could think was “wow!” when I saw him….amazing!

  2. Lori June 19, 2007 at 12:49 AM #

    Absolutely gorgeous voice. Simply beautiful.

  3. Paula June 19, 2007 at 4:56 AM #


    It made me feel good. lol

  4. Christine d'Abo June 19, 2007 at 8:18 AM #

    Wow…amazing voice. I’m going to have to listen to that again.

  5. Ciar Cullen June 19, 2007 at 9:20 AM #

    I almost teared up when I first saw this. It’s an amazing piece of music in any case, and a really hard piece to pull off. Amazing. Makes you wonder how much raw talent is hidden, never discovered. I hope he gets picked up by an opera company.

  6. kate r June 19, 2007 at 10:35 AM #

    how’d he get that polished and that good with no one noticing the voice? He had to have had some training, right?

  7. kate r June 19, 2007 at 10:46 AM #


    he’s got the talent but he did spend 12,000 pounds on singing lessons at one point in his life. With his winning dough, he’s going to get new teeth.

  8. Bianca D'Arc June 19, 2007 at 11:06 AM #

    That’s amazing! I don’t watch American Idol and never heard of this show, but I doubt the same thing could ever happen in the US. For one thing, we don’t have the same history with Nessun Dorma (his audition piece) as soccer fans in the UK do.

    Pavarotti’s recording of that aria (from Tosca, I believe) was used as the theme for one of their champion soccer teams and sold obscene amounts of records for him a few years ago. It’s a very hard aria to carry off, but he did a really good job and I can see why they advanced him into the finals. What a great Cinderella story! Thanks for posting it!

  9. RLGelber June 19, 2007 at 2:51 PM #

    What an incredible story. I hadn’t heard about this.

  10. Kate Davies June 20, 2007 at 2:47 PM #

    I just watched that first clip for the umpteenth time, this one with my 9YO, and got goose bumps. Again.

    Said 9YO was shocked watching Simon. “Mom, he’s smiling! For the first time ever!”

    Thanks for sharing. What a great story.

  11. Erin the Innocent June 21, 2007 at 9:36 AM #

    WOW! That was stunning. This guy has an amazing talent.

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