A Michael Grimm Fairytale

Michael Grimm topped Jackie Evancho on America's Got Talent and we were there for the big moment. SheKnows caught up with Grimm, Evancho and Prince Poppycock, plus Nick Cannon, Jewel and the judges. Don't miss the SheKnows red carpet videos and more, live from the America’s Got Talent finale!

A season of America's Got Talent performances led up to a Michael Grimm fairytale moment and up through the final minutes, the tension at CBS Television City was palpable.

Jewel and Michael Grimm

"You get so pulled in," Sharon Osbourne said. "I was all sweaty palms, fidgeting, 'Who is it going to be!?' It's the best thing in the world! But when it comes to the last four, they're all going to go off and have great careers. They've all had the same attention and opportunities…except only one gets the million."

Most viewers expected that the one to beat was ten-year-old opera sensation Jackie Evancho. "It was definitely shocking," host Nick Cannon conceded. "I called it last night, but I didn't think I was going to be right."

America's Got Talent judge Howie Mandel, however, called it the first time Grimm took the stage.

"I've never wavered," Mandel boasted. "He is the whole package. He has what appeals to the widest range of people. Jackie Evancho is certainly a phenomenon and amazing. Her talent is inexplicable, but how many young girls were voting to see a ten-year-old opera singer?"

America's Got Talent: Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne, Michael Grimm and Howie Mandel

Michael Grimm, on the other hand, didn't see it coming. SheKnows was the first publication in the world to get face time with the Mississippi crooner after he won and he was clearly still dazed by the news.

Michael Grimm video interview

"I can't even believe what's going on right now," Grimm gasped. "I never planned on winning. I was just hoping I'd make it onto a couple of shows. I'm used to singing in lounges, small bars and restaurants. To be here…I'm losing myself right now."

SheKnows asked winner Grimm, why AGT and not American Idol? "American Idol is not just the name of the show and I'm not the American Idol," he said. "I'm not a pop singer, a top forty singer. I came to this show so I could do what I do and they allowed me to do it all the way through. I couldn't ask for anything better."

America's Got Talent red carpet notes

SheKnows has exclusive video of Grimm, Evancho, Poppycock, Jewel and Morgan, but first, a few random tidbits from the carpet:

Osbourne tried to tell SheKnows she was nervous about her new show, The Talk, which hits CBS October 18. We couldn't imagine anything making that diva nervous -- and we were right! "I'm not, but it sounded good," Osbourne admitted with a laugh.

Piers Morgan is also preparing to get into the talk game. Just because he's set to take Larry King's seat at CNN, however, doesn't mean he plans on giving up his seat on America's Got Talent. "Unfortunately for you, I will be back," Morgan teased. "Will it be strange to go from interviewing President Obama one minute to Prince Poppycock the next? Nah. They're all human beings, aren't they?"

Piers Morgan video interview

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Comments on "America's Got Talent finale: Michael Grimm and the cast chat!"

Alice September 16, 2010 | 2:04 PM

Where did Deanna Barnett get the right to say "most viewers" expected Jackie to win? You were so wrong. Admit it.You called this wrong, not "most viewers". Obviously "most viewers" voted for Michael Grimm, the clear winner. He was surprised. It has been a show business saying for years not to go up against children or animals, which could have been his fear. Although Jackie has an amazing talent so does Michael, and this was a contest for a Las Vegas show and extensive tour. Certainly now anywhere a 10 year old belongs. Thinking voters could have been expected to take that into account when voting. I wish all 4 final contestants Great Futures, because they were all fantastic.! Yes, I voted for Michael.

kathy September 16, 2010 | 10:53 AM

Great Mike its nice to see a guy from Mississippi win , as my father was from Woodland ,Mississipi and he would say the south will rise again, and you sure have done that with your singing. Best of luck in the future and take good care of your grandma she's special .

Randa September 16, 2010 | 7:48 AM

Congratulations Michael . I agree with Linda. I also have been watching Michael Grimm all along . I knew he would win last night . I got so happy and excited when I saw him sing the night before " When A Man Loves A Woman ." As I watched last night, as they announced him as winner I clapped my hands so hard , and yelled (I knew it, I knew it ) I can't wait to hear more of him , and how he will be blessing others with his singing . I believe Michael Grimm is a very humble and sensitive young man. I very happy he won.

Linda September 16, 2010 | 3:11 AM

Congratulations Michael! I have been pulling for you since I first heard you sing! You have a strong mature y voice and I love your music/guitar. I have a son a couple of years older than you so what I am about to say just take as some motherly advise. Smile you have a great one you need to use it more! Cudos to your grandparents they did a wonderful job of raising a sweet senistive grandson. One last comment get busy and crank out that first CD. I can't wait to buy it!

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