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America’s Got Talent Winner Michael Grimm Was Truly Surprised & Humbled!

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

In last season’s auditions for AGT Michael Grimm didn’t even make the first cut. Good thing the Henderson, NV get it a second shot.

Grimm walked away with the America’s Got Talent $1 million prize, leaving 10-year-old singer Jackie Evancho, who many expected to win, in second place. Both were ISH favorites.

“I really didn’t expect to win, especially being next to [Jackie] on stage,” Michael says the morning after. “It was an honor, but at that same time, I was very scared. I said, ‘I went this far and I’ve had a wonderful time.’ I was thinking of all the thank yous I was going to say when they voted Jackie through. They said my name and I absolutely could not believe it. It took me by surprise.”

Michael plans to use some of his winnings to build a home for his grandparents, who lost everything in Hurricane Katrina, and to help others in his community. He says he doesn’t need much himself.

“A lot of people asked me about American Idol and doing that,” he says. “I was always afraid of doing Idol because of what the American Idol is in definition. I am not that guy with all due respect. There are a lot of kids out there that want that spot. I never went on it for that reason. I thought America’s Got Talent would give me the opportunity to do what I do and do it all the way through — if America would allow me to do so, which they did.”

Michael will start the America’s Got Talent tour on October 1 in Oakland, CA, headline a date at Caesar’s Palace, and continue with the 25-city tour until November. But then Michael, who credits George Jones, Otis Redding and Bill Medley as his biggest influences, would like to record an album.

“There are all kinds of people I would love to work with,” he says. “I have been working on [the album] in my head and on paper for many years. I haven’t had the money to back me. I have an idea for an album. We will see what happens with that. Whoever I sign with, we will get to do that.”

American Idol Takes To MySpace For Auditions!

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Hey it worked for America’s Got Talent when they found finalist Jackie Evancho on YouTube.

So Idol will celebrate it’s 10-year anniversary by allowing performers to submit online audition videos to MySpace.

From now through October 6, singers between the age of 15 and 28 (as of July 15, 2010) have the opportunity to submit an audition video.

According to a news release from the network, entrants must demonstrate their “stellar singing ability by performing one of the songs from the approved list a cappella. Videos are limited to 40 seconds in length, and are limited to one submission per person. Auditions will be judged in a similar fashion to the live audition cities and a select number will advance to the next round of callbacks in Los Angeles.”

The song list includes Bill WithersAin’t No SunshineKeith Urban’s Kiss a Girl and Barry Manilow’s Copacabana, to name a few. Fans will be able to share the videos across various networks and watch highlights in a special gallery on the MySpace page.

This American Idol hiatus has been a roller coaster ride. With Simon Cowell, Ellen DeGeneres and Kara DioGuardi out as judges, the show also dropped its age limit to 15 to make sure it doesn’t miss out on a potential Justin Bieber.