In 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.
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.