Paul Potts was exactly what the producers of Britain's Got Talent were looking for when they finally launched the program in the U.K. after much delay: an ordinary bloke, working in an ordinary job, but with an extraordinary talent. Simon Cowell's latest project, after half a decade of involvement with TV talent shows primarily involving singers, was a national contest with a public vote for all types of talents -- singers, dancers, magicians, ventriloquists, and even more extreme novelty acts. After an aborted start when the show's chosen host, Paul O'Grady, defected to Channel Four television and refused to front the show for ITV, flagship presenters Ant & Dec were brought in and the program finally got underway in June 2007. Along with the multitude of singers at the audition stage, in walked acts such as Doctor Gore (a horror magician specializing in cutting people up), Kit Kat Dolls (a drag act), and several cute children of various ages, the youngest being Connie Talbot, a six-year-old singer. When Paul Potts arrived and said he was going to singNessun Dorma, all doubts were cast aside and he was immediately considered the joint favorite to win the contest, with prize money of £100,000 and a chance to perform at The Royal Variety Show.