Paul Potts won ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent competition. As if he was going to lose to a little girl in a dress. I love what the host said to him on stage following his performance in the final: “Paul, I’ve got one question for you – can you get me a Nokia 6210?
American Idol has a bit of UK competition, ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent. It’s very much like AI, except that it’s more of a traditional talent show where all kinds of lunacy can ensue. And it’s even got Simon Cowell as a judge. And now, there’s an American version, hosted by Jerry Springer and featuring people like David Hasselhoff and Sharon Osbourne as judges. I think I’d rather have Simon Cowell – and hopefully Hasselhoff won’t be singing anything. It would be very cool though, if Sharon’s husband showed up on occasion as a guest judge. Cowell is the executive producer of the US show.
Recently on the UK programme (sorry for the spelling, but hey – the show is english), a mobile phone salesman of rather modest means from Wales turned up. He’s called Paul Potts, and he gave an amazing performance (especially for a guy schlepping phones at Car Phone Warehouse) of a piece from the opera Nessun Dorma. It’s brilliant. The winner gets to perform for the Queen at the Royal Variety Performance, and also wins 100k pounds sterling.
*update* – Paul won!
The Urban Dictionary is a brilliant reference for words not commonly found in more accepted publications. It’s also quite funny. Definitions are of course featured, as well as examples of the words used contextually. Adding and editing are also allowed.
A few examples:
A completely useless individual who is unaware of his/her own complete uselessness.
Tell that shitbird I’m out of the office. Until the 12th…of never.
A form of government with one person exercising absolute power and unrestricted control in a government who regularly disregards opinions, petitions or mandates of the people or elected representatives.
The misguided War On Terrorism has turned the United States of America from a Democracy to a Decidership.
I occasionally peruse Craigslist, as great deals can sometimes be found on just about anything. It’s a great resource for things like wicker chairs, 20 year old TV’s, or one owner BMW 740il’s. While looking for the latter, I came across this brilliant ad for a buick (and it’s got Dynaride!). The ad uses a truly untapped vernacular that should probably be standard issue in any undergraduate level copywriting class, and I would think that Madison Ave. could put it to rather good use as well.
My favorite line: “TOP OF THE LINE SONY DECK THE BEAT SLAPS HARD IT ALSO HAS REMOTE STARTER AND PAGER ALARM TOP OF THE LINE SHIT I AINT PLAYIN.” I also love the way the writer spells the word “but”.