Opera singer Paul Potts has won the final of the variety show Britain's Got Talent.

Mr Potts will receive a cheque of £100,000 and the opportunity to perform in front of the Queen at the Royal Variety performance.

A salesman by profession, Mr Potts, won over the audience with his version of an opera classic, Nessun Dorma.

He beat off competition from six other finalists, including a six-year-old singer who impressed judge Simon Cowell, a break dancing group, a bottle-juggling pair 'The Bar Wizards' and a puppeteer.

The signer received a standing ovation from the 2000-strong audience at Cardiff's Millennium Centre as well as unanimous praise from ex-tabloid editor Piers Morgan, actress Amanda Holden and Simon Cowell who are judges on the show.

The former salesman was on the verge of tears after being declared the winner saying: "I cannot believe it at all, I'm like jelly. Thank you for believing in me, it is absolutely bonkers."

He added that performing for the queen would mean "absolutely everything" to him.

18/06/2007 07:57:17