Britain's Got Talent winner Paul Potts will see his debut album hit the shops in 15 countries, including the US.

The opera singer won the ITV1 talent show in June and left the three judges, including Simon Cowell, speechless during his first audition.

"You work at Carphone Warehouse and you did that," Cowell said after Potts sang his first rendition of the opera song Nessun Dorma.

"I wasn't expecting that. I thought you were absolutely fantastic."

Fellow judge Amanda Holden said she thought Potts was "a little lump of coal … that is going to turn into a diamond".

Clips of Potts winning the show have been viewed by tens of millions of fans across the globe and the 36-year-old Welshman signed a £1 million recording deal with Cowell after his victory.

Before the show Potts had £30,000 worth of debt and was recovering from a serious motorbike accident.

He will now perform in front of the Queen at the Royal Variety Performance as well as embarking on his lucrative singing career.

While working as a salesman Potts took part in some singing classes but gave up after it became too expensive for him to continue.

Pott's album, called One Chance, is scheduled for a UK release on July 16th and will be available in the US on July 23rd.

05/07/2007 12:36:25