America, we need to talk. Wednesday night “America’s Got Talent” long shot Michael Grimm of well-worn hat and bluesy voice fame won the competition.
So, now I have a couple of questions – namely, “What what?” and “Huh?”
Out of all the possible “Talent” outcomes, well, that just wasn’t one of them. Oddsmakers and Internet polls had 10-year-old soprano Jackie Evancho in the lead. Ever-hopeful lovers of glam and glitz (high five!) pegged Prince Poppycock for the top honor. Even Fighting Gravity’s unique black-light routines had a vocal following. But Michael Grimm? He’s the dark horse no one saw coming.
Not even him, if Grimm’s own gobsmacked reaction to the news was anything to go by.
So, what happened? Was it the crooner’s sedate persona? His perfectly respectable, if not jaw dropping, raspy song stylings? Or was it that sad story about his grandparents? Hmm. It was the grandparents, wasn’t it?
Then again, maybe it didn’t have anything to do with Grimm. Maybe everyone simply assumed child prodigy Evancho had the win in the bag and therefore failed to cast those all-important votes. It doesn’t matter now. Results are what count.
Oh, America, this isn’t the first time you’ve zigged when you were expected to zag, a fact Adam Lambert knows all too well. It’s just that it never ceases amaze. Hey, remember that time you kept Kate Gosselin “Dancing” for five long weeks? And the less said about Sanjaya Malakar’s extra-long “American Idol” stay the better.
Of course, Grimm’s win wasn’t quite the same. It was just equally inexplicable.