I am Dork, and Sometimes I Cry for No Reason

April 10, 2009

Ok, don't make fun of me. If you read Cake Wrecks, you probably already watched this video, cuz that is what led me to it. This is from Britain's Got Talent, about a cellphone salesman who wants to make it big singing opera.





So, anyhoo, I watched it. And for reason's I'm not sure I can even identify, I started to cry. I was feeling like a giant weirdo with tears streaming down my face until I saw that I wasn't the only one. One of the judges and some audience members were crying too.

But I'm still not sure why. The song was beautiful, but it was either in Latin or Italian, so I don't know what he was actually saying. But the whole thing just felt like such a triumph of the human spirit. Or something. Like I said, I don't know why it got to me. Does you? Did anyone else get a little emotional, or is it just me?

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11 comments

  1. I think part of what made it emotional was how palpable the judges skepticism was before he started singing. They were absolutely convinced he was going to stink, and then he was over the top amazing. It made me tear up too. I think part of my tears were for the knowledge that he has likely started on a path that would take him to his dreams

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  2. I don't watch, so this was amazing!

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  3. I think a big part of it wasn't just the singing, but how it was this unremarkable fat dude, a lowlife cellphone salesman, who nobody expected a good performance from, who's going to sing *opera* of all things, and then he belts out this beautiful song -- and the crowd goes wild! and everyone accepts him for what he wants to be, rather than what he was.

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  4. I cry at service projects, grocery store grand openings, and everything inbetween. You are not alone!

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  5. I cried too when I first saw this and that's why I bought his album. I don't listen to it all that often, but I wanted to support him somehow. He's had his teeth fixed since he won Britain's Got Talent, which I feel is a bit of a shame. Cool story.

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  6. Here's a great new one from this year's season. Get out the tissue, it's a doozy.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lp0IWv8QZY

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  7. I cried when I saw that, too. I've heard better renditions of that piece, but they were from classically trained professional singers (like Pavarotti), not amateurs in a talent competition. Considering what they expected him to do and what he actually did, that was absolutely remarkable.

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  8. I cried like a walrus when I saw this. I saw it quite a while ago, but I still like it Paul Potts is cool.

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  9. This one is from that same season and is great too. I cried during this one, too.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWNoiVrJDsE

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  10. I cried when I watched that too. Can I join the dork club?

    ~motherboard

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