American singer and songwriter Michael Grimm (age 41), the winner of America’s Got Talent (AGT) Season 5, performs an impassioned cover of “I’d Rather Go Blind” by Etta James on Preliminary 3 of AGT: The Champions Season 2.
Performance: “I’d Rather Go Blind” by Etta James
Got Talent history: (America’s Got Talent) AGT: S5 – Winner
Michael Grimm auditioned in Los Angeles for the America’s Got Talent Season 5 aired on June 1, 2010. He received praise from all three judges, advancing him to Vegas Week. During Vegas week, he performed “Try a Little Tenderness” and advanced to the quarterfinals, wherein he performed “Tired of Being Alone.” He advanced to the semifinals where early on in the show, Sharon Osbourne commented that her husband Ozzy Osbourne was rooting for Grimm.
During the semifinals, Grimm sang “You Can Leave Your Hat On” while recovering from a dehydration related illness. Despite his illness, his performance was lauded by the judges, and he advanced to the finals. After performing “Let’s Stay Together” in the Top 10 without his guitar, he advanced to the Top 4. In the finale on September 14, 2010, Grimm performed “When a Man Loves a Woman” pointing to his girlfriend, Lucie, in the audience. The following day, it was revealed that Grimm won the show, beating child singer Jackie Evancho.
Grimm’s winnings included one million dollars and the opportunity to headline the AGT Tour Show, including one show at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas on October 8, 2010. In September 2010, Grimm appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and and made good on a promise and proposed to his girlfriend of nearly three years, Lucie Zolcerova.
Prior to his AGT win, Grimm performed at Las Vegas, Nevada casinos for eleven years . He was born in Colorado on the Fort Carson base and raised by his grandparents in Mississippi. He used some of his winnings to build his grandparents a new house.
In September, 2010, Grimm signed a record deal with Epic Records and the album was released on May 17, 2011. The album debuted at #13 on US Pop Music Charts on May 26, 2011, selling 23,000 copies. On the Billboard Top 200, his album reached #13 the week of June 4, 2011.
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