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Last night, we watched the culmination the summer’s top rated show crown a new winner. And, boy, it was a doozy. Michael Grimm, the soulful crooner from Mississippi, was chosen over the seemingly unstoppable 10 year old Opera sensation, Jackie Evancho.

Here is a replay of Michael’s final performance from Tuesday.

The finale was actually pretty good. Not TWO HOURS worth of finale… really, did we need the Goo-Goo Dolls?… but still pretty good.  The four finalists got to perform with their idols. Prince Poppycock sang “Last Dance” with Donna Summer. I thought they would have really made a good pairing at Studio 54 back in the day. Michael Grimm performed “Me and Bobby McGee” with Jewel. That was a good performance, and Jewel was looking quite smashing in that purple jumpsuit. Fighting Gravity performed an entertaining routine as Lionel Ritchie sang “Dancing on the Ceiling.” and young Jackie cemented her position as Sarah Brightman’s heir apparent as they performed “Time to Say Goodbye” together.

We also had a lovely performance by the reject all-stars. Oh, yes, we got to remember why some men should not wear spandex and that dancing eyebrows really ARE creepy…. really… THEY.ARE.CREEPY.  But the creme de la creme performance came courtesy of Nick, who brought back Spongetta Parrish to sing her self-penned song “Studio”…yes, you are already singing it, aren’t you. “Up in my studio. Stu-dio… up in my stu-dio… ” hehehe… good.  The big surprise was when T-Pain came out and performed with her. I have to admit… if anyone could do something with that song, it’s T-Pain. Just sayin’.

And, just because I love you all…. here is Spongetta’s performance. You will thank me later.

As to the results, I have to admit, I was pissed that Prince Poppycock came in fourth place. I truly blame Piers for this result. Piers buzzed Poppycock during his performance of “Nussun Dorma”. Called it self-indulgent. Bull… it was a beautiful performance and not deserving of being buzzed. I really didn’t appreciate Piers saying he should have buzzed Poppycock 10 seconds earlier last night, either. That was rude. You. Do.Not.Mess.With.The.Poppies. We do not forget…

Imagine my happy surprise when I heard Michael’s name called. It tickled me to see the joy and excitement on his face… he truly didn’t know what to say, he was so excited. I am happy for him… and I am happy that he will be able to give back to the grandparents who gave so much to him. It really was a heartwarming moment.

So, all in all… a very good season for America’s Got Talent. I love this show. More than American Idol.  Yes, singers have won almost every time, but we STILL get the hope of variety and we get to see people of all ages and walks of life live their dreams. That gives me hope that my dreams are still worth chasing… and I can’t wait for next season and the new batch of dreamers to come through.


And then there were 4. Tonight’s America’s Got Talent results show was a nail biter. Oh, sure, we knew one person was a shoe-in: Jackie Evancho. Short, 10, sings like a 30 year old. Yeah, her.  But we’ll get to that in a sec. Let’s go in order, shall we?

First to be called up were my absolute favorites, Prince Poppycock and Michael Grasso. I ADORED both of these guys. I was pulling sooooooooo hard for both of them to go through and to see them together SUCKED. I was hoping Nick would say both went through… but alas, there was only one…. and it was POPPYCOCK!!!!! I’m a Poppy. I squealed like a school girl; but that squee was tinged with sadness. I am going to miss that handsome devil of a magician… but I think he will have a show in Vegas. He is THAT good.

Next two acts called center stage were Michael Grimm and Taylor Mathews. I thought that was interesting. You can never count out the tween and teen femal vote in these things.  The stars aligned, though, and I felt the redeeming announcement of Michael Grimm going through to the finals.

I have to admit, it was funny watching Michael and Le Poppycock standing side by side… Lovely juxtaposition of manhood there… and I was digging every bit of it.

The next acts up were Jeremy VanSchoonhoven and Christina and Ali. I was thinking one of two things: Major upset or neither of the acts were going through. Much to my delight, it was the latter. Gave me that much more hope for Fighting Gravity to make it through.

Now we’re back to Jackie Evancho. I will admit this to everyone here: I’m not a fan. She can sing, yes… she’s cute, sure. I just don’t have the emotional attachment to her that I do to Prince Poppycock or Fighting Gravity or the two Michaels. But I digress…

Jackie gets called to the stage with another act. Now, it was going to suck for whatever act was called with her because that would be like a death knell sounding. Well, the act that got to hear the bell toll was none other than the other kid act, Anna and Patryk. I actually held out hope for a second that the dancers would pull the upset after recovering masterfully from Anna’s fall last night. Well, I can’t get that lucky. Jackie went through.

That left Fighting Gravity and Studio One Young Beast Society fighting for the last spot. I don’t even have to tell you how much of a non-surprise this result was…. Fighting Gravity takes the last spot.

I know everyone is calling it for Jackie to win this. But I really think that Prince Poppycock and Fighting Gravity have the more Vegas worthy shows. And let us not count out Michael Grimm. He has a MASSIVE following, major YouTube hits and the ladies love him. It is going to be a horserace and I, for one, cannot wait.

Oh, and one more thing:


I had to throw that one in there. Just sayin’.

Well, we are down to the Top 10 on America’s Got Talent.

1. Prince Poppycock

2 Michael Grimm

3. Jeremy VanSchoonhoven

4. Christina and Ali

5. Michael Grasso

6. Anna and Patryk

7. Jackie Evancho

8. Studio 1 Young Beast Society

9. Fighting Gravity

10. Taylor Mathews

This is an interesting Top 10. This season, instead of the Top 10 leading directly to the winner; the top 10 leads to a Top 4 which will then crown the winner of the 1 million dollars and headline show in Vegas.

We see a lot of singers in this Top 10. Half the acts sing. What will be curious to see is whether Jackie Evancho will ride her current popularity all the way    to the winner’s circle again the more “Gaga”esque Prince Poppycock.

Can Jackie win it all on "Talent"?

Will Prince Poppycock be the last Opera singer standing?

But what about Michael Grimm? He has been EXTREMELY popular on YouTube and it will be tough to beat the bluesy sound, good looks, and heart tugging story.

Maybe Michael's future won't be Grimm on "Talent"...

There are some dark horses in this contest, though. First up is Michael Grasso. I loved him in both original auditions and was ticked off when the judges didn’t send him to the Top 48. Well… I must have not been the only one ticked off. Michael was brought back in the wild card round and proceeded to WOW everyone with his slick presentations and stunning illusions. I LOVE Michael Grasso and I would not be sad AT ALL to see a magician– THE Hollywood staple– win it all on Talent.

Can Michael Grasso pull a win out of his hat on "Talent"?

The only other act that really has a chance to make things challenging for Evancho are the college variety act Fighting Gravity. This group is incredibly unique and they have been able to change up their routine each time. I expect tonight’s performance will be just as good… and will make for an interesting vote.

Can this variety act defeat the singers on "Talent"?

As for the other acts, I don’t see them making the Top 4–unless Christina and Ali’s story is enough to sway the voters to take away from one of the front runners.

I don’t know about you all… but I am looking forward to tonight. This is one of the strongest Top 10 fields ever on this show; and tonight will be a true battle royale.

The remainder of my favorites have performed on America’s Got Talent and there were a few surprises in the results. All in all, though, the fan girl is pretty pleased with how things have turned out.

Here is the review:

Haspop performed in the third quarter final. He danced/mimed his way through his “autobiography”; and I have to admit, it was definitely better than the first audition. The way he moves is AMAZING. You wonder if he is human, because it is tough to find a human who can move like he does. Haspop is definitely a true contender to win this season and I am looking forward to seeing what else he brings to the table in the semis.

Debra Romer finally came into her own in her quarter final performance. She combined innocence and sex-kitten appeal and started to really look like a star. She easily passed through to the semis. I don’t see her winning this outright, but she will get some great exposure from being on the show.

CJ Dippa brought the house down with another one of his original creations during his quarter final performance. The problem with his act, and that of the other kid’s acts, is that America isn’t going to vote for them to win. I don’t think America wants to subject such young people to all of that pressure. CJ did not go through, but I think we will see more from him as he gets older. He has the dedication and the skill for it; and AGT was a very good first step in the right direction.

Strikers All Stars should have performed on a different night. Instead, they performed on the last quarter final night and went up against Prince Poppycock, Arc Attack,  Murray and more. Their performance was good, and on any other night, would have gotten them into the semis, but the talent was just too close to call on this last night of quarter finals, and the Strikers failed to move to the next round.

And, of course…

… there was my favorite royal, Prince Poppycock. I can’t tell you all enough how much I adore the Poppycock. He is so theatrical, and his voice is to die for. His is another unique presence on this show, and he has (as Piers says) the best technical voice on the show. He and Haspop are MADE for Vegas. I don’t know who I want to win more, so let’s just say I want to see these two as the last two acts standing. If that were to happen, I would be one thrilled fan girl.

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