Prince Poppycock is a definite favorite to win America’s Got Talent. The finals of the hugely popular ABC talent competition have come down to the top four contestants. Three are singers, each with a strong following of fans; Prince Poppycock aka John Quale, Jackie Evancho and Michael Grimm. The fourth member of this elite group is Fighting Gravity, a black light illusion act from Virginia Tech.
John Quale has been singing professionally since the age of eleven, where as a member of the Washington Operas Children Choir he preformed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. As a teen, Quale began composing and recording his own music. While talented in the arts, the young singer /composer was forced to drop out of high school because of bullying.
Prince Poppycock alluded to his teen years on America’s Got Talent when it was announced he has been voted a spot in the top ten. In his thank you to the audience the Prince sent a message to all the young people watching tonight, that have been harassed because you are different, “don’t give up on your dreams”. The moment was poignant as Quale shared the pain behind Prince Poppycock and up-lifting showing his tenacity in following his dream.
Quale has a long resume of credits on stage performing in musicals, as a member of the Chicago synth-pop band Endora, playing Jesus in the musical, “The Beastly Bombing”, and opening for several groups including the Dresden Dolls.
Prince Poppycock, the “roguish operatic dandy”, as described on his website, came to life in 2006, when Quale was asked to perform at a friend’s club, with one stipulation, he must wear a wig. Never one to let a friend down, Quale donned not only a powdered wig but an elaborate costume straight out of the era of King Louis XIV, and powdered white face glam (ed) up with fake eyelashes and red lips.
The look on the America’s Got Talent Judges was that of curiosity, amusement and disbelief as Nick Cannon introduced the Prince to the audience at the New York auditions. The looks turned to amazement as Poppycock began to sing, “Largo al factotum”, from the Barber of Seville. Check out the audition on www.youtube.com Prince Poppycock America’s Got Talent New York Audition.
The rest is history as Poppycock, stepped up his performance each and every level of the competition. One more performance before the American viewing audience and the Prince could walk away $1,000,000 richer, and even if he doesn’t win the million, Prince Poppycock has won America’s heart.