The Saturday Post

I don't watch reality shows. I'm not a fan of Biggest Loser, So You Think You Can Dance, Survivor.

Over the summer, Jim and I did watch Persons Unknown -- definitely not a reality show. We'd always turn on the television a little in advance, just to be sure to catch it on DVR so we could fast-forward through the commercials.

America's Got Talent was on NBC just before Persons Unknown. Which meant we'd occasionally catch bits and pieces of the performances of the contestants, most of whom were horrid. One in particular, though, caught my eye a time or two ... so much so that after convincing Jim to give him a listen, we eventually started intentionally watching the darn show just to see how he did. (Man, those shows know how to suck you in!)

The contestant who caught my eye was Michael Grimm. I loved his voice, his humility, his dedication to trying to win in order to buy his grandparents a new house -- something I'd usually consider gag-worthy schtick, but it was believable coming from this kid.

This is his audition, which we didn't see when it aired because at that point we were still just fast-forwarding to get to Persons Unknown:

Jim and I did see his final three or four performances, and crossed our fingers he'd win -- even over the amazing 10-year-old opera singer, Jackie Evancho. (I really sound like a fan of the show, don't I!?)

Here is Michael Grimm's final performance -- the one on which he won, the one that led him to $1 million and a new home for his grandparents:

What a voice. What a performance. What a humble kid. And what a truly kind and thoughtful grandson!

If you want to find out more about Michael Grimm, visit the official Michael Grimm website.

Oh, and by the way, I'm still not a fan of reality shows -- or America's Got Talent. This was an exception made for an exceptional voice. I can't see such talent coming around again next season.