Britain’s gone potty

Am I alone in finding Paul Potts-mania completely baffling?

For those of you who have been living in a vacuum for the past couple of months, the aforementioned appeared on and won Britain’s Got Talent on ITV, as a mobile phone-selling opera singer.

Since winning, he has released an album which has, predictably, shot to the top of the chart, outselling everything else comprehensively.

What I don’t understand is who buys this stuff? And, more pertinently, why? If people truly want to listen to opera, why not go for the real thing and buy some Enrico Caruso?

At least Enrico was never forced to sing an operatic version of REM’s Everybody Hurts!