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Who won ‘America’s Got Talent’?

Michael-Grim-AGT-Bill-Medley-2In a bit of a shocker, 10-year-old opera phenom Jackie Evancho did not win “America’s Got Talent.”

Instead, soul singer Michael Grimm (right) pulled out a major upset and took home the  $1 million prize and a gig in Las Vegas.

Nonetheless, all four finale acts are strong. All four are entertaining. It was without a doubt the best top 4 in the show’s five-year history. There are no losers.

Grimm is not guaranteed a long-term gig in Vegas. Last year’s undeserving winner Kevin Skinner made only a ten-week appearance there as part of an “America’s Got Talent” variety show. His album did not even chart on the Billboard Top 200.

Did you think Michael Grimm deserved the victory?

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Grimm is better than Skinner, which isn’t saying much. But he is likable and has improved throughout the show. He could make a career out of this.

But the other three acts in the finals may all outlast him.

Evancho, who has been virtually flawless every time she’s hit the stage, is obviously so young, she’s still a major work in progress. So far, she appears unflappable and mature beyond her years on stage. She could be the next Charlotte Church and star in PBS specials in years to come. It’ll be interesting to see her journey as she grows up.

And given that AGT voters love young kids and opera, I’m stunned she did not win. Perhaps being the front-runner all this time tamped down her votes just enough to let Grimm through.

Fighting Gravity didn’t have a chance. Only singers seem to win this competition. (And yes, season two winner Terry Fator used puppets but he still sang.) And I have to agree with Piers Morgan. Tuesday’s performance had potential but it didn’t feel fully conceived. The magic was lost near the end. Still, it’s a great act, one worthy of Vegas.

Prince Poppycock did take himself too seriously. I thought he sounded just fine Tuesday, but he works better as a camp act. In fact, he is so good as a camp act, Vegas is beckoning for him. He’s got it made.

You can see all four, plus the rest of the top 10 on the tour this fall, which arrives at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on November 6. You can get tickets at Ticketmaster here. Prices range from $51.70 to $112.65, including fees.

145 comments Add your comment

Gary

September 16th, 2010
10:30 am

Pretty sure there are loosers. Maybe the millions who wasted so much time and effort watching a low budget gong show. TV does provide good information and entertainment. This had neither.

Michael

September 16th, 2010
10:41 am

People may vote for this show, but how many are actually going to go to Vegas and pay money to see the winner? Minimal, I’m sure. Especially for a singer – there are tons of other, well established performers that the masses know better. Fighting Gravity would at least be able to hold their own weight with their theatrics. Sure, they may have been “off,” but they can fine tune it with a solid schedule.

Where does the winner even perform their show, anyway?

Ms Jacque Wojciechowski

September 16th, 2010
10:42 am

I was hoping “Jackie” would win BUT “Fighting Gravity” would certainly fit in at Vegas.
Both were my picks…sorry guys but it makes me wonder about the choice of the winner. May he have success but there are so many pop singers around it was two other performances that I thought in MY HUMBLE OPINION that should have won. Will I watch the show again????

Ms Jacque Wojciechowski

September 16th, 2010
10:43 am

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BONNIE

September 16th, 2010
10:47 am

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Ms Jacque Wojciechowski

September 16th, 2010
10:49 am

I was hoing that either “Jackie” or “Fighting Gravity” would win…Gravity would certainly fit in at Vegas…the choice winner…May he h ave success but there are so many pop singers around it was two other performances that I thought IN MY HUMBLE OPINION that should have won.
I hope God gives Jackie the Grace to keep her voice in her continued studies–that of an angel.
Will I watch the show again???

Deb Berry

September 16th, 2010
10:58 am

My top two picks were Michael and Jackie. I am glad Michael won this time and I am sure Jackie will go on to a wonderful career as she grows up.. She is amazing. It just was the time for Michael.

Mo

September 16th, 2010
11:03 am

What sucks for the winner is that he doesnt get his winnings in one lump sum. His million gets spread out over the NEXT 40 YEARS. Like NBC doesnt have the $$.

Mo

September 16th, 2010
11:03 am

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Big D

September 16th, 2010
11:12 am

Because a person writes a heart felt commentary on Michael Grimm’s life and success here on this blog…knowing full well that he will never see it… is a testament to the goodness in people. It is not the point that Michael will ever see it..it is for the person who wrote it and the rewards they receive for being gracious with their love and admiration.
May life treat you well Mike…you are a true talent.

boots

September 16th, 2010
11:12 am

They are charging $50 to $112 for tickets to a tour? Uh… no thanks. They must think we are all made of money and don’t mind spending like Obama and Peliosi spend OUR money in Washington – recklessly and with a total disregard to the health of the nation.

RonC

September 16th, 2010
11:16 am

There probably isn’t another 10 year old girl on the planet that can sing like Jackie. There are hundreds that can sing like Michael. If the contest is based purely on talent, Jackie should have won. Michael has a great story and had the sympathy card, that’s why he won. Would you pay to see Michael in concert-I know I wouldn’t. I would go see Jackie and the other two acts in a heartbeat. Michael seems like a really humble guy and I am sure he could use the money. America wishes him the best- but clearly he wasn’t the most talented.

Renee

September 16th, 2010
11:19 am

I was wanting Michael to win from the start. I think Jackie is a great singer, but it bumbed me out to think she would be doing a Vegas act. The little girl that was on last year (the 4 year old) was later voted out because most felt she was to young . They need a show just for talented kids..Some get through on thier cuteness alone. To me Jackie just seemed to adult already..Let her be a kid , she has lots of years to become an adult and she will make her millions..as for now Michael Grimm was the right choice..

John Downing

September 16th, 2010
11:19 am

Pearce I think you should have won Sharon was wrong Bahahahah

Aykaterina

September 16th, 2010
11:24 am

I totally disagree with the whole premise of the show. It is supposed to be for raw untapped talent, many of these people including the winner already have cd’s out. Do I like Grimm’s music? Of course..I’m not an idiot, he is talented, but I could purchase his music on itunes before this contest started…how “raw” is that?

Medchill

September 16th, 2010
11:30 am

Aykaterina

September 16th, 2010
11:32 am

I also agree with the previous person that said singers should be on American Idol or something, AGT should be about all of the other types of acts out there, two singers who qalready have cd’s out took up 2 spots in the top 4. Someone else could have used that chance. The whole show should be reformatted.

TAMMIE

September 16th, 2010
11:36 am

SO GLAD HE WON HE TOTALY DESERVED IT

Medchill

September 16th, 2010
11:44 am

Since the voting was to be based on a SINGLE night, the USA got it right.

Rickster

September 16th, 2010
11:54 am

The “One Million Dollars” is like almost every other big money payout – including the lottery. Enough money is put in an annuity that will fund the advertised amount over the specified payout period.

The contestant has the chance to take that amount of money upfront.

Donna

September 16th, 2010
11:55 am

So glad Michael won. I will buy his CD and he already has one for sale. I am sure the next one will be great too! He reminds me of Johnny Lang or the New Orleans sound I love when I visit there. Jackie was awesome too but at 10 she has a long career ahead of her. Michael could use the break and even with the money paid over several years it will certainly come in handy. America did vote so those that are complaining, I hope they put in their 10 votes. I did and am happy for Michael. He is also very hot so he will make a great star! The guy that won last year was a good singer but not easy on the eyes. I also liked all the final 10 acts and so glad they will tour this year. Great variety show for the summer. NBC finally got something right. (Still mad about the late-night deal)

Music101

September 16th, 2010
12:20 pm

@boots and @Rob, you are idiots! Why do you people have to keep bringing up Obama in EVERYTHING! OMG! Jackie is great but I can assure you that there is another untapped talented kid out there with just as much talent as she has. I remember watching a show about Christina Aguillera losing on Star Search. The guy who beat her is not even a singer today but she has one of the best voices I’ve ever heard. Who knows what this girl will end up doing. Hopefully her parents will allow her to be a kid first and not try to cash in on her talents. Sure, let her take voice lessons, join the school chorus, but most importantly, let her be a kid first. You see how these kid stars turn out and it rarely is pretty.

Ashley

September 16th, 2010
12:22 pm

Glad Michael won. If the judges’ had their way, Sharon would have PP win; Howie loved Fighting Gravity; and Piers loved the little girl. Oh my, how he and Simon would love to get her on their record company. Don’t say it’s fixed; America just voted differently from the Brits and Canadian judges’ ideas.

betty

September 16th, 2010
12:26 pm

Michael was my pick the moment I heard him sing his first song. He connects with the audience and seems very humble and sincere. He definitely deserved to win. Jackie was ok. I agree she has a unique voice for a child her age, but she seemed “programmed” in so many ways. I, for one, would not pay to see a Vegas show with that type of entertainment. Maybe it was just me, but Michael seemed to sincerely appreciate the positive feedback he received from the judges, but Jackie came across as “expecting” positive feedback. I agree with another comment I read, although Jackie has talent, she reminds me of a windup doll. Good luck to both of them, but I believe Michael is the well deserved winner.

George

September 16th, 2010
12:38 pm

I wish people knew what they are talking about before they post.
SHE WILL BE IN VEGAS on the tour either way. There is no Vegas contract like they used to do. This is just a HEADLINER position and the “million dollar” prize. I love how people say they didnt vote for her to “save” her from Vegas…Guess what, you failed. She will be in Vegas. She will never ever have a real childhood so get over that. She is a rare talent and her mother is going to milk that for all its worth.

Bob G

September 16th, 2010
12:39 pm

After the chicken farmer won last year, nothing supprizes me. If you have a raspy voice and a sad story you will win AGT every time. But if you can sing like and Angel in another language and hit highs no pop singer can, you’ll not win. Maybe Sharon can have a good diner with the money her husband won on his bet.(that was aces Sharon to mention the bet,way to go girl) The voters surely don’t think Micheal
had the most talent but had the best story like the chichen farmer last year.

Judy

September 16th, 2010
12:42 pm

I really enjoyed both of them. However, it did seem that Jackie was
rehearsed to say the correct answers. She has a beautiful voice, but
for now let her be a little girl. I am glad Michael won. Doors of
opportunity will open.

Dusty10x

September 16th, 2010
12:42 pm

THE LITTLE GIRL GOT THE MOST VOTES. The Vegas House that helps pay didn’t want a little girl act because of labor laws and restrictions for age. The Vegas house selects the winner EVERY year. The view vote is a sham.You can see who got the most votes by watching the audience. Girl gets standing ovations every time.I agree that she would be a poor act for the idiots in Vegas but it was a talent contest and they cheated her out of the prize. There will never be a winner that doesn’t appear to be an act that will play in Vegas well because Vegas makes the choice.

Martha D

September 16th, 2010
12:52 pm

I voted for Michael, when I heard little Jackie say she gave up her friends, her pets, school and her family for this!!!! I thought that is terrible, the poor little girl needs a life. She can always and will forever sing.

George

September 16th, 2010
12:52 pm

Dusty you are completely wrong. 100% wrong. She is going to perform at Vegas along with the rest of the top 10. Get your facts straight people!
The winner doesnt win an ACT in Vegas they win the HEADLINER. Learn to pay attention!

MERMAID

September 16th, 2010
12:59 pm

JACKIE SHOULD HAVE WON YES MICHEAL WAS A GOOD SINGER BUT (MY LITTLE ANGEL) AS I CALLED HER WAS AND IS AN AMAZING SINGER I AGREE THAT SHE SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO BE A LITTLE GIRL BUT I THINK SHE CAN DO BOTH AS FAR AS I SEEN AND I DO NOT THINK SHE LOOK OR TRIED TO LOOK OLDER THAN SHE IS BUT SHE CAN SING OPERA JUST LIKE THE BIG OPERA STARS AND THAT IS WHAT THE SHOW IS ALL ABOUT (TRUE TALENT) I HAVE NEVER HEARD ANOTHER LITTLE GIRL OR BOY WITH THAT GREAT KINDA SINGING VOICE JACKIE CLEARLY SOULD HAVE WON ON HER PURE TALENT ANMERICA YOU REALLY GOT IT WRONG THIS TIME GOD BLESS YOU ANGEL YOU WILL HAVE A GREAT CAREER AMERICA YOU ROBBED A LITTLE GIRL OF A BIG DREAM THAT SHE DESERVED I DO NOT THINK I WILL EVER WATCH THE SHOW AGAIN

kreedham

September 16th, 2010
1:07 pm

Congrats to Michael on the win. I doubt he will ever be huge but he got a great career boost. His first album (after show) should sell decently enough. If he’s lucky to have a hit or two (a la Chris Daugthery) he’ll go farther. I suspect his future will ultimately be in places like the Tabernacle around the country.

Jackie was great and will have a great career! Unfortunately, she won’t have much of a childhood!

Fighting Gravity could be huge. With better production coming their way they can tour or just set up camp in Vegas, Reno, Atlantic City! Those boys are probably busy trying to figure out if they can finish their degrees. I suspect most will work 8 months and go to school a semester at a time cause I bet most will try to finish school.

Copperfield looked like he was having fun…he’s usually so serious. Grasso will keep working at it and have a pretty good career.

And it’s funny that if your choice didn’t win you think it’s fixed.

AGT

September 16th, 2010
1:28 pm

Jackie DID WIN !, but because she is two young for Vegas, It was given to michael, because he was the best after Jackie. Everybody that watched Americas Got Talent, would know she won it. And my facts are straight!!!!!

Alej

September 16th, 2010
1:36 pm

Fighting gravity should have won.. Why the hell do a whole show on talent acts for vegas when they just pick singers thats what gay american idol is for. im not saying there not talented but if i want to watch singing ill watch american idol.. plus singing is boring unless you make a real show out of it!!

Jury Dell

September 16th, 2010
1:45 pm

This is depressing Rod Ho. Are you telling us Michael’s chances of a long Vegas run are Grimm?
I was already distressed at unrelated news I heard today that Adam Lambart is as odd as a football bat. You’re piling on Dude.

Em

September 16th, 2010
1:57 pm

I was really disappointed with the results last night, down to the winner, but I’m pleased to see all of the top ten will be touring. I’m actually considering going – I had several favorites in the top ten that I’d love to see live. (Also glad to see your mention that Skinner did NOT deserve to win last year. I wondered what happened to him – they didn’t even trot him out during the finale.)

Linda

September 16th, 2010
2:02 pm

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Denver

September 16th, 2010
2:11 pm

There was no doubt Jackie blew everyone out of the water with her God given talant…I do not think anyone under 21 will ever win America’s Got Talent because of the Vegas part of winning…. to be fair to all contestents they need to just give money and leave Vegas out of it. If AGT thinks it is not good for kids to win, then they should not let people 18 and under compete.

Michael

September 16th, 2010
2:31 pm

Come on people! why are you so obsessed with jackie evancho? It is pretty eaasy for her to be ”flawless” when she has only preformed maybe 3 or 4 times! And all the comments that she really won is a LIE she will be preforming in Las vegas already..just accept the truth for what it is! And all this about ”my little angel” and ”the cutest contestant” means nothing when it comes to talent..if a contestant wants to play on cuteness they should join another show because this is call ”america’s got TALENT ” not america’s got cuteness.” and the audience has nothingto do with the popularity of a contestant i have seen many contestants that got a standing applause and did not make it that is a SMALL portion of america in that audience..and the whole idea that you are accusing of fraud because ”your little angel” didn’t win..i have seen six year olds that can except loss better than you!

bandmom09

September 16th, 2010
2:51 pm

This show is fixed, just like Idol is. The last 2 seasons have winners that will go no where. However the other three finalists have a career ahead of them.

tj

September 16th, 2010
2:54 pm

I was sick of jackie evancho sweet little attitude, made me sick I’m glad michael grimm won

odalisse

September 16th, 2010
3:18 pm

im only 12 years old and i think jakie was awsome i can sing but not like her but no offense i think fighting gravity should of won if i was famous i would of makin them famous……. congrats michael grimm you rock… :-D

MyPatooti

September 16th, 2010
3:25 pm

As Sharon Osborne likes to say, “once again the voters got it right”. Even though Jackie E has more talent and the better voice and the brighter future, the voters realized she needs to live her childhood and go to school. Las Vegas is not the place for her right now. The voters showed some common sense and logic. She will make up that million dollars in no time.

Bustin' Loose!

September 16th, 2010
3:33 pm

Can we talk about the travesty that occurred on Top Chef last night? Talk about affirmative action! WOW!

Scott

September 16th, 2010
3:43 pm

Hey dueling hats! Michael Grimm vs. Rodney Ho. Let the rumble begin!

DJ

September 16th, 2010
3:48 pm

Ok…To wrap up the truth. The show should be called “who needs a million dollars more.” Michael Grimm won that show hands down because he’s broke and needs it. Jackie will make ten folds what Grimm will undoubtedly! My wife and I laughed hysterically when the announcement came the last 2 years. As soon as Fighting Gravity got eliminated we knew who the sappy voters voted for. “We didn’t vote for Jackie because she needs to be a kid and doesn’t need big bad Vegas to corrupt her.” Idiots. She’s going to Vegas right along with Mr. Grimm for that one night and then she alone will leave to travel the world on tour. It’s funny to read that most of the people who voted ten times or more actually voted for someone less deserving for reasons like, “she too young for a Vegas show” when she’s still going to Vegas….Thus, the new title “Who needs the million more”.
His family does need it though, good for him! It’s just too bad for a true talent like Jakie who was clearly a better act, not “vegas act”, because no one on this show gets a guarenteed contract for a show in Las Vegas. The last episode I will ever watch, was pure stupidity!

Whatever

September 16th, 2010
3:52 pm

A 10 year old has no business with a contract in Las Vegas. The voters got it right.

DJ

September 16th, 2010
3:56 pm

Whatever?????? You like most have NO idea what your writing about…….Ther is NO contract for Vegas! You probably voted for Grimm for that reason too……Who needs a million….

Jury Dell

September 16th, 2010
4:38 pm

I so wanted little Jackie to win all that money and perform for weeks in Vegas so she could bet big at the craps table.

soccer mom

September 16th, 2010
4:54 pm

Michael Grimm won because the American public liked his act best. It’s a matter of opinion who was best. Jackie was good too. They are different types of singers. I don’t care for opera. I enjoyed Michael Grimm the most in the finale and that is why I voted for him. Apparently I had a lot of company.