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Q&A: Paul Potts still singing, set to release second album

Operatic singer Paul Potts performs during a TV awards ceremony in Germany.

Associated Press (2007)

Operatic singer Paul Potts performs during a TV awards ceremony in Germany.

Show contestant is still singing

I have been fascinated with Scotswoman Susan Boyle's wowing the judges — and the rest of the world — with her presentation at Britain's Got Talent. Her story reminds me of the story several years ago of Paul Potts, a cell phone salesman who made a similar impression on the judges. My question is: What is Paul Potts doing now?

Apparently, he's having the time of his life. According to his Web site,, the operatic singer — "a Bristol boy who failed his O levels" — has translated his 2007 success on the then-new program into an album that was a bestseller in 15 countries; went on a concert tour; won an international award as best new artist of 2009; and is now releasing his second album, Passione.

Adds his site, "Paul also hopes 2009 will be the year that he can renew his wedding vows after 6 years of marriage to his wonderful wife Julz and that the renovations on his new art deco house in Port Talbot, Wales, will be completed."

'Dancing With the Stars' payday

On Dancing With The Stars, are celebrity contestants and professional dancers paid by the season or number of shows they remain on?

Networks generally don't disclose what they pay on-air talent, including the professionals on Dancing With the Stars.

But the contract of the dancing competition's youngest celebrity, made public because she's under 18, shows us that at least the contestants are compensated for sticking around.

In order to participate in this season's competition, Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson had to have a judge approve a minor's contract. That agreement spelled out that Johnson receives $125,000 for appearing on the show and the finale, and makes significantly more per week the longer she lasts. For weeks three and four, Johnson will receive $10,000 per week; for the final two weeks, she would receive $50,000 a week.

There are no such public records filed in Los Angeles that indicate how the pro dancers are paid.

Johnson, who partnered with Mark Ballas, won the competition on Tuesday night.

Macaroni Grill ad music is theirs

What is the music playing during the Macaroni Grill ad? Pictured is a plate of scallops.

Janet Gieselman, senior director of marketing for Romano's Macaroni Grill, tells us the music for that ad and others was composed specifically for the company. It's unnamed and was written and performed by Limelight Sound in Dallas.

According to Limelight's Web site, it "is a music and sound production house that specializes in custom music for the broadcast medium."

To see the ads, go to You can also go to and click on "Best of '09" to hear the audio of the ad.

Q&A: Paul Potts still singing, set to release second album 05/21/09 [Last modified: Thursday, May 21, 2009 4:30am]
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