September 16th, 2010
04:34 PM ET
Although some in Hollywood liken reality TV stars to other, more scantily-clad sorts of performers, Michael Grimm doesn't seem like he belongs in that category of fame-seekers.
The 30-year-old blues singer was named the winner of “America’s Got Talent” last night, triumphing over the operatic talents of 10-year-old Jackie Evancho, and he says he’s going to take the $1 million prize money and stick to his original plan: buying his grandparents a home.
From the start, Grimm – who lost almost everything in Hurricane Katrina – had hopes that entering “America’s Got Talent” would eventually help him get a house for his grandparents, who raised him.
“My grandparents don’t have to worry about anything anymore,” he told People. “I can’t put into words what that means to me. They’ve supported me in music through the years, and they’ve seen me fall and get back up and keep going. Now I can take care of them.”
Perhaps the moment was made that much sweeter by the shock of his surprise win. Judge Piers Morgan believed Grimm’s competition, Evancho, to be akin to Susan Boyle.
“I really thought Jackie had it in the bag,” Grimm told People. “I was preparing my speech to leave. I couldn’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.”
We know there are some who are not too happy about Evancho's loss - although iReporter Kathi Cordsen says she's "pleased" with Grimm's win; you can check out her full recap of the show here - but it looks like Evancho’s loss could one day end up a win after all.
Many people thought Susan Boyle was going to best the competition on “Britain’s Got Talent,” but she ended placing second, Morgan pointed out. “Now [Boyle’s] sold millions of albums,” he added. “Jackie’s going to have a superstar’s career.”
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