Paul Potts is ensuring a fellow opera singer and America’s Received Expertise star is rarely forgotten.
Following his efficiency on the America’s Received Expertise: The Champions finals, the first-ever Britain’s Received Expertise winner reminded viewers in regards to the legacy of Neal E. Boyd, who received the third season of AGT in 2008 and died in June 2018 on the age of 42.
“There’s an America’s Received Expertise winner that isn’t right here tonight: Neal E. Boyd. Like me, he got here right here as an underdog, he gave his all, he received, and one factor you may by no means take away is the truth that he’s a champion,” Potts advised viewers, including, “He’s a winner.”
Missouri native Boyd, who beforehand joked to PEOPLE that “my voice is large, like me,” suffered from plenty of medical points, together with coronary heart failure, kidney failure and liver illness.
Talking with PEOPLE about how opera connects all individuals from world wide, Potts says, “No type of music belongs to anybody. It belongs to everybody. Opera isn’t only for the rich and the ‘educated’. It’s for everybody.”
Like Boyd, Potts considers himself to be an underdog in Champions.
“I’m fairly an unassuming individual,” Potts tells PEOPLE. “I’m, and I don’t assume I’ll ever be a kind of performers that ooze confidence and soar up and down. I’ve remained true to myself all through. I could be fairly shy, and I feel that is nonetheless evident.”
Although he stays humble, he has now turn out to be a prime canine: A function movie was made about Potts’ life story, 2013’s One Likelihood, starring James Cordon as Potts.
Being part of Champions is a particular milestone for Potts.
“I really do really feel like I’m already a ‘champion’, and it is extremely satisfying that I used to be the primary champion of Britain’s Received Expertise. It’s at all times nice to be the one which units the usual,” he says.
“Received Expertise is the place issues started for me, and I’ll at all times be grateful to Received Expertise for giving me my success and for enabling me to be my full self,” Potts says of why he selected to take part within the NBC spinoff. “I’ll always remember or flip my again on the factor that has given me the platform to be who I actually am.”
As for fame and newfound fortune, Potts says his life isn’t all a couple of profitable profession.
“I get to do what I like for my profession, which is a dream come true for anybody. I don’t rely success as being about wealthy and/or well-known. Doing what makes you, you is for me what defines success,” he says.
Potts emphasizes, “Doing what makes you’re feeling full is the final word definition of success.”
America’s Received Expertise: The Champions airs Mondays at eight p.m. ET on NBC.