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Grimm Wins 'America's Got Talent'

07:01 AM Thursday 9/16/10 | |

Bluesy crooner Michael Grimm has traded his fedora for the crown on "America's Got Talent."

Grimm, a native of Waveland, Miss., was revealed as the winner of the NBC variety competition on its season conclusion airing Wednesday. Viewers had cast their votes after Tuesday's performance show.

Grimm, 30, looked shocked when he heard his name announced. Then he bent to hug and earnestly console the runner-up, 10-year-old soprano sensation Jackie Evancho of Pittsburgh.

Many handicappers had expected Jackie to be the top vote-getter. Her pure, powerful voice repeatedly left the judges (Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel) scrambling to find new ways to sing her praises.

But Grimm's soft-spoken manner and signature stingy-brimmed hat endeared him to "Talent" viewers, along with his soulful vocals. Describing himself as "just a boy from Mississippi," he more than once expressed surprise that he had made it through the weeks of competition.

From the start he had said that, if he won, he wanted to use some of his prize money to help his grandparents, who raised him and lost everything in Hurricane Katrina. He plans to give them a new home.

Along with his $1 million prize as winner, Grimm will headline a national "America's Got Talent" live tour.

The two other finalists were Prince Poppycock, the outlandishly costumed operatic creation of Los Angeles store clerk John Quale, and the performance troupe Fighting Gravity, a group of 13 fraternity brothers from Virginia Tech at Blacksburg, Va.

Comments

  1. GrahamBanks wrote:

    05:22 PM, Sep 16, 2010

    Michael Grimm is a great talent.  He deserved to win, although I expect he will have a great career regardless of where he finished in the final 4.  Fighting Gravity will have a great Vegas show regardless, and Michael will have a great music career regardless.  However, I hope Michael can still take care of his grandparents when he finds out that the prize is not $1 million, but $25k per year for the next 40 years.

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  2. millionaireintraining wrote:

    08:53 AM, Sep 16, 2010

    Well deserved.  This guy has a killer voice that I could just sit and listen to for hours. Lots of soul.  Congrats, Michael!