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.”