Britain's Got Talent's Paul Potts shares how he spent his prize money

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It's been almost 12 years since Paul Potts stormed to victory on the first series of Britain's Got Talent, so now seems like as good a time as any to find out what he did with his £100,000 prize.

Opera singer Paul Potts competed in the first ever series of Britain's Got Talent back in 2007, and his audition performance of 'Nessun Dorma' quickly became one of the show's most memorable auditions.

As well as winning himself a chance to perform for Queen Elizabeth II at the 2007 Royal Variety Performance, Potts also pocketed a cool £100,000 for winning the show, and speaking to, he revealed what that money was spent on.

"A lot of it went on debts, because we were quite a long way in debt," he said, referring to himself and his wife Julie-Ann. "Some of it went to the tax man. Pity it wasn’t a quid because he wouldn’t [have wanted to] take it.

"Obviously we bought a house, but that’s an investment in itself. We don’t really splash that much, it’s not our way."

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Potts is currently competing on America's Got Talent: The Champions, where he'll be going head to head with another Britain's Got Talent favourite, Susan Boyle.

Speaking about his decision to take part in the series, Potts admitted that there was "an element of risk" involved.

"You didn’t want to get there and not make the final, you’d feel like you failed," he said. "That’s possibly why some winners and some competitors decided not to.

"So many people [are] on the same level. As a winner, there will be some that don’t make it to the final. It’s all about showcasing yourself to America and around the world."

America's Got Talent: The Champions airs on NBC in the US, with Netflix airing the show in the UK.

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