America’s Got Talent 2010 has crowned a winner and it is blues singer Michael Grimm. It was a huge shock because the favorite going into the final was 10-year-old opera singer Jackie Evancho. She came in second place. The group Fighting Gravity was third and Prince Poppycock was fourth. Host Nick Cannon announced that 2010 had the highest voting count by America in the show’s history. According to Variety magazine the over night TV viewer-ship numbers for the Tuesday final was 14 million. The Wednesday night results show garnered 16 million.
This is the final and all four Acts had to be in top form. The judges told America that $1 million dollars was at stake along with a headline show in Las Vegas. The other performances before don’t count. The slate is clean, the pressure was incredible and so was the tension.
My two favorites in the final were Prince Poppycock and Fighting Gravity. They both had problems. I thought Poppycock was doing great as he returned to opera singing. He left behind the outrageous fun. He toned it down but his showmanship was spot on with the huge armor, sword, helmet and topping it off with the gigantic red feather. All of a sudden judge Piers Morgan pushed his red buzzer near the end of Poppycock’s song. That completely ruined it for me.
I could not believe it. The audience couldn’t believe it. The other Judges Howie Mandel and Sharon Osbourne were shocked and angry. Piers Morgan was then booed by everybody and it created an over night controversy that led into the results show. Howie Mandel went on Access Hollywood Live the next day and told the host’s about the backlash against Piers. A friend of Poppycock went up to Piers during the commercial break and pounded on the judge’s table. This friend said that what Piers did was “bull” and he has nothing on Larry King. Piers Morgan will soon take over Larry King’s job on CNN.
On the Wednesday results show Piers Morgan did apologize to Prince Poppycock. He said that it was wrong of him to press his red buzzer. He went on to say that the reason why he did it was because Poppycock took out all of his craziness. Everybody loved the outrageous and over-the-top performer who went serious in the final. I think he didn’t want Poppycock to out do Jackie Evancho whom he believed should win this competition. Piers lost though because Evancho took second place. Poppycock also lost because that red buzzer ruined his performance and cost him votes.
Fighting Gravity did not fare too well either. On the final you cannot make a mistake whether it be huge or small. The TV audience is very critical. They watch everything and they saw this group make a mistake near the end of their Act. An invisible man wasn’t so invisible. It ruined the illusion of an Act where there has to be no human flesh seen. I agreed with Piers Morgan. It was good but not great when there is $1 Million dollars at stake. I believe Fighting Gravity lost votes because of that mistake.
With all of that said. I had to vote for the $1 million dollar performance. It was not Jackie Evancho because I couldn’t hear her lower notes in that opera song. It was a fine performance but not stellar. So that left me with Michael Grimm who was not my favorite going in. This guy came out and blew the competition aside with a great rendition of When a Man Loves a Woman. People are saying he channeled Michael Bolton. I totally disagree. Grimm channeled the legend himself Percy Sledge. His singing was filled with love, frustration, pain and the heartache of loving a good woman. I thought it was an incredible performance.
It was a great and competitive year for America’s Got talent 2010. I had fun watching and voting. Host Nick Cannon announced that the top ten final performers would tour America with Michael Grimm as the headliner. That begins in October 2010. I wish the Final Four the best. They will all have good careers. Prince Poppycock has already reaped some reward for being on the show. He performed with Ross The Intern on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Thursday night (9-16-10). Not too bad after placing fourth on one of the biggest talent competitions on TV.