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'America's Got Talent' winner Michael Grimm is in the market for a house and a ring [poll]

September 16, 2010 |  9:40 am

Michael-grimm "Is this really ... ? Is this ... ?"

That was Michael Grimm's question to host Nick Cannon on Wednesday night after his name was called over 10-year-old Jackie Evancho's as the 2010 winner of "America's Got Talent."

"I couldn’t believe I heard my name," the Mississippi-born singer told People. "I was trying to make sure that what I thought was going on was going on, you know?" (Note that before asking Cannon about his own fate, he hugged his wee competitor and checked to make sure she was OK. Can you say, "Aww"?)

Grimm plans to use his $1-million prize -- payable over 40 years, according to the small print -- to buy a house for his grandparents, who raised him, and lost everything in Hurricane Katrina (which did hit much more than New Orleans). Also on the agenda: proposing to Lucie, his girlfriend of three years.

He'll headline the upcoming "AGT" tour as well.

So welcome to the ranks of celebrities with actual talent, Mr. Grimm, and Miss Evancho too. Our friends at Culture Monster have coverage of the little girl with the big, big voice.

Remember, Susan Boyle and Adam Lambert weren't "the winner" either, and they're doing kind of all right these days.

Did your favorite win? Let us know, below.


-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Michael Grimm, sans trademark hat, on "America's Got Talent" on July 20. Credit: Trae Patton / NBC / Associated Press