The America’s Got Talent 2010 winner was selected last night. Michael Grimm wasn’t favored as the America’s Got Talent 2010 winner, as America’s Got Talent looked to go in Jackie Evancho’s favor. Although Michael Grimm sang the blues and had his life altered by Hurricane Katrina, Jackie Evancho had the hook of being a 10-year-old opera singer. That made her the favorite going into the final 2, with even Grimm expecting to lose. Instead, the America’s Got Talent 2010 winner was Michael Grimm after all, which will allow him to turn things around for his family.
The final four came down to Michael Grimm, Jackie Evancho, black-lights illusionist group Fighting Gravity and Prince Poppycock. Although Fighting Gravity performed with Lionel Richie, and Prince Poppycock worked with Donna Summer, they were the first two out.
As such, the America’s Got Talent 2010 winner would either be Michael Grimm or Jackie Evancho, which was fitting. Grimm lost nearly everything in Hurricane Katrina, but he was able to sing the blues to the finish. For the finale, he got to sing “When A Man Loves A Woman” — inspired by his future fiancée — and “Me and Bobby McGee” with Jewel.
But many expected the America’s Got Talent 2010 winner to be Jackie Evancho, with her 10-year-old opera pipes. She demonstrated them one last time in a duet with grownup opera star Sarah Brightman, which seemed to put her over the top.
Instead, when the final vote came in, Grimm was chosen. It is becoming more common for reality competition favorites to lose, as American Idol has shown in the last few years. Choosing Grimm as the America’s Got Talent 2010 winner made for a good story, although some may have doubted if it was better than Jackie’s.
Nevertheless, Grimm told People that the win will allow him to buy a new house for his grandparents, as he hoped to do from the start. He also plans to propose to his girlfriend, although he will be busy with other things in the future.
As the America’s Got Talent 2010 winner, Grimm will headline the show’s live tour starting on Oct. 1. He will also make his own album at some point, to start living up to judge Piers Morgan’s claims that he is a young Van Morrison.
But Morgan also said that Evancho was the season’s Susan Boyle, even if she wasn’t the America’s Got Talent 2010 winner. Yet, since Boyle didn’t win the British version of the show, and had her career take off anyway, it shows how defeat may turn into victory before long.
People- “America’s Got Talent’s $1 Million Winner to Buy Home for Grandparents”
Richmond Times-Dispatch- “Fighting Gravity finishes 3’rd in America’s Got Talent”
USA TODAY- “America’s Got Talent crowns a winner”