Michael Grimm went into the America’s Got Talent Finals as the dark horse contestant, the sympathetic contender who had the heartbreaking story of loss and continued hope. His was the story of a man and family who saw their lives devastated by Hurricane Katrina, but but love and strength of family had pulled him and his grandparents through. They were his support and the reason he was on the America’s Got Talent stage. And his loss and hopefulness could be heard in every soulful note he had sung up until his Top 4 performance. But Michael Grimm’s rendition of Percy Sledge’s “When A Man Loves A Woman” was his piece de resistance and a perfect culmination of his work on the show.
With his guitar slung over his shoulder, Michael Grimm hit a few bluesy notes, showing that he was no slouch with a . He then stepped into the microphone and seemed to breathe the lyrics of “When A Man Loves A Woman.” It was so effortless. Over the years, great versions of “When A Man Loves A Woman” has never failed to impress, but those performing the song usually look as if it is hard work belting out the emotional tune. Michael Grimm’s rendition showed nary a strain. It was smooth.
And it was beautiful…
Piers Morgan told the Mississippi singer that he was exactly what the show was looking for. He noted that Michael Grimm was the kind of artist that should be representing America. Sharon Osbourne told him that her husband, rock legend Ozzy Osbourne, had bet $100 that he would win the competition. Howie Mandel was so excited by Grimm’s performance that he declared the soulful singer would win America’s Got Talent.
If it seemed that Michael Grimm was singing as if the song was meant for someone, he was. Michael Grimm told People magazine after the show that: “I have a girl I was dedicating it to. She’s my love, Lucy. We’ve been together going on three years. She’s my best friend.”
But was it enough? Was Michael Grimm’s soulful and heartfelt performance good enough for the win? Will he hold off Jackie Evancho, Prince Poppycock, and Fighting Gravity, the rest of the Top 4?
Watch Michael Grimm’s America’s Got Talent Finals performance of “When A Man Loves A Woman” and judge for yourself. Did Ozzy Osbourne win $100?
“America’s Got Talent,” NBC Television