The winner of America’s Got Talent 2010 has been announced, after a showdown between soul crooner Michael Grimm and 10 year singing sensation Jackie Evancho.
Jackie Evancho has received high praise all round for her mature singing talents, as well as her mature attitude towards life and performing, unlike some other performers twice her age. She is America’s favorite, and the most talked-about contestant this season. She was America’s choice from YouTube, and has effortlessly moved forward in the competition ever since. She seems really sweet and grateful and angelic and special. Special enough to be crowned this season’s America’s Got Talent winner? I have been rooting for her to win too!
No! In a surprise ending, Mississippi singer Michael Grimm beat Evancho to win America’s Got Talent, $1 million and the chance to headline a show in Vegas.
After losing, the ever-poised Evancho showed her respect and maturity, saying “This experience has been amazing,” she said, without showing any sign of disappointment. “I have loved every single moment that I’ve been doing it, and I just really hope that I’ll be able to sing for you guys again.”
Grimm, the winner, was in disbelief and shock at the announcement, saying “Is this really happening, is this real?”
“It’s an unbelievable achievement to get this far,” said host Nick Cannon, addressing the four America’s Got Talent finalists — Prince Poppycock, Michael Grimm, Jackie Evancho and Fighting Gravity.
The “Finale Results” show got off to a disco start as Prince Poppycock sang “Last Dance” with Donna Summer. Next up, Michael Grimm did “Me and Bobby McGee” with Jewel, followed by Lionel Richie singing “Dancing On the Ceiling” as Fighting Gravity performed.
After some audition recaps and a Nick Cannon montage, Jackie Evancho performed a goosebump-producing duet “Time To Say Goodbye” with opera star Sarah Brightman.
“It was amazing because I’ve been dreaming of this day all my life. And to be singing with the girl — the woman — who has been helping me with all the songs, it’s just amazing to be here with her.” Evancho said after her performance with Sarah.
Sarah Brightman has this say about Evancho : “Jackie is a beautiful, wonderful little girl with a wonderful voice. I want her to save it and preserve it and enjoy her life with it because I think her life is going to be very, very special.”
This YouTube video features a performance by each of the four finalists but it is not from the America’s Got Talent grand finale. Enjoy!