10million voice of Britain"s Got Talent"s "Pavarotti" Jonathan Antoine


DAN WOOTTON: 10million voice of Britain's Got Talent's Pavarotti

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10:29 GMT, 19 October 2012

Just 12 months ago ago, Britain’s Got Talent runner-up Jonathan Antoine was a 16-year-old aspiring baritone battling severe depression.

Now, as his opera career soars, the male half of duo Jonathan and Charlotte has had his voice insured for 10 million.

The talent show star’s manager, Jonathan Shalit, who launched Charlotte Church to stardom, took out the policy with Lloyd’s of London this week. He is grooming the singer to be ‘the British Pavarotti’.

Opera duo Jonathan and Charlotte, seen here leaving the Classic BRIT Awards, have been signed to Simon Cowell's label

Opera duo Jonathan and Charlotte, seen here leaving the Classic BRIT Awards, have been signed to Simon Cowell's label

‘Jonathan’s still very young, and his career and future earnings potential are completely dependent on his voice,’ my source explains. ‘That’s why his team felt it was essential he take this very rare step to get it insured at this early point of his career.’

Usually, only veteran singers insure their vocal cords. Rod Stewart and Bruce Springsteen took out policies worth around 3 million.

It’s a remarkable turnaround for the Essex teenager, who had hit rock bottom before he auditioned for the ITV show earlier this year.

‘I felt life was pointless and I was suicidal,’ he said recently. Simon Cowell signed Jonathan and Charlotte Jaconelli to his record label Syco on a 1 million deal, even though they lost out to dog act Ashleigh and Pudsey in May’s final.

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Millions tuned in to watch Felix Baumgartner of Austria take his big leap

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