September 16, 2010 09:49 AM by Candace Young
The fifth season of America’s Got Talent on NBC ended with a bang last night as humble, soulful singer, Michael Grimm, captured America’s hearts – and votes – and won the talent competition!Â Michael receives one million dollars in prize money, the top spot on the America’s Got Talent tour, and will become a headlining act in Vegas. Read on for all of the reactions in the aftermath of Michael’s big moment…
Many people believed that powerhouse opera singer, Jackie Evancho, was a shoo-in to win America’s Got Talent,Â and, in fact, both contestants seemed a little shocked to hear Michael Grimm’s name called as the winner last night!
Michael Grimm told People Magazine afterward that he figured 10 year-old Jackie had it in the bag, saying, “I was preparing my speech to leave. I couldnâ€™t believe I heard my name. I was trying to make sure that what I thought was going on was going on, you know? This is definitely an out-of-body experience. This whole journey has been, but especially now.”
But make no mistake, Michael Grimm fully deserved the win. Piers Morgan said, “Michaelâ€™s genuine, heâ€™s sincere, heâ€™s very talented, he got better with every round, and [on Tuesday] night he gave the performance of his life. Heâ€™ll have a huge career. I think heâ€™s like a young Van Morrison.”
Piers likened Jackie Evancho to Britain’s Got Talent’s Susan Boyle, saying, “Everyone assumed Susan was going to win [Britainâ€™s Got Talent] and she finished second. Now sheâ€™s sold millions of albums. Jackieâ€™s going to have a superstarâ€™s career.”
Michael told the magazine tearfully, that he his grandparents (who lost their home in Hurricane Katrina) won’t have to worry about anything anymore, saying he plans to buy them a new home.Â Michael also said he plans to propose to his longtime girlfriend Lucy.
Of his duet with musical heroine, Jewel, on the season finale, down-to-earth Michael shared, “She made me feel so comfortable on stage. But [at one point] she smiled at me and I almost vomited. I couldnâ€™t believe she smiled at me that way!”
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