From the confession that he has a self-confidence problem to the looks on the judges' faces - this ambling Welsh chub is here to sing opera? - the producers were tugging at the heart strings.  I get that. I really do.

But WOW.

The big idea? Risk something. Few worthwhile ideas have ever met with success without courage. And many fine things - many fine things - have been lost for its want.

Hat tip: Andrew Sullivan