The Welsh cell-phone salesman, 37, has a hit debut album, One Chance, and a U.S. tour starting March 1.

HOW DID YOU GET INTO OPERA? I’ve sung in church choirs since age 6. It proved an escape because people bullying me wouldn’t bother hanging around an extra hour after school waiting for me to finish choir.

WHERE DID YOU GET THE SUIT YOU WORE TO AUDITION FOR SIMON COWELL? It was a $60 off-the-[rack] supermarket suit. I have short arms and legs, so it looked six sizes too big. I still have it and won’t get rid of it—it’s a good reminder of where I’ve come from.

HOW HAS YOUR LIFE CHANGED? I actually haven’t gotten around to quitting [my job]. I still need to resign. Meeting Oprah was huge. One of the first things that happened was I tripped [in front of her]. Typical.

HAVE YOU SPLURGED ON ANYTHING? I got a laptop for myself so I can keep in touch and a pink one for [my wife] Julie-Ann—she likes pink. But we are in the same house as before and get quite a few knocks on our door from people saying hello.

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