Paul Potts has been dumped from Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions in the very first week.
The singer, who won the first ever series of BGT in 2007, looked mortified after failing to even make it into the top three.
The former mobile phone salesman, 48, reached the final of America’s champions series earlier this year but shockingly came crashing out of the British version at the first attempt.
Paul looked mortified after discovering he was out of the competition – having been beaten by some dancing stormtroopers.
Simon Cowell had confessed that Paul’s performance was “shaky” at the start but was stunned that he missed out.
Shocked Amanda Holden yelled out: “What about Paul Potts?”
He was beaten by Boogie Storm, Ashley and Sully and Bello and Annaliese Nock who made up the top three.
Amazing sand artist Kseniya Simonova also went through to the grand final after receiving Amanda’s golden buzzer.
Paul had received a standing ovation from the judges after his mesmerising performance.
Dishing out some criticism, Simon said: “I’m going to be honest with you Paul, I thought you started shaky and then halfway through the song it took me back to your first audition which was you realising if you don’t hit the big notes its over.
“And that’s what happened Paul, you hit the big note when it mattered. What I admire about you is you didn’t need to be here tonight and the fact that you care is why you are a champion and always will be a champion.”
David Walliams said: “It’s the perfect story isn’t it as you really are the regular guy with one extraordinary talent and it took this show to share that with the world.
“Wouldn’t it be the most perfect thing, you won this 12 years ago, to win the champions.”
Amanda joked that the only thing that had changed about Paul was his teeth, while Alesha Dixon praised the singer for his “humility”.
Before his performance, Paul had spoken about winning the champions series over a decade after his famous victory.
He said: “There’s no real way for preparing what would happen after Britain’s Got Talent. I went from selling mobile phones to selling records.
“There’s quite a bit at stake but its great to return to where it began. It would be mind-blowing for me to become the first winner of Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions…Continue Reading