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America's Got Talent 5

America’s Got Talent star: $1 million prize actually worth about $200,000

America’s Got Talent‘s fifth winner, Michael Grimm, received only about $200,000 as his prize for winning the show, which advertises its prize as $1 million. That’s because he took the lump sum, instead of getting paid over time. During the show’s second season, I analyzed the fine print of America’s Got Talent’s $1 million prize …

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Survivor survives move to Wed. with higher ratings, but Talent beats it and Big Brother

In the battle for reality TV ratings Wednesday night, there were many winners. Survivor survived its move to Wednesday nights, increasing its ratings from a year ago, while Big Brother‘s finale was also up. However, America’s Got Talent pulled in more viewers than either show–and significantly more than the Bragade. TV By the Numbers has …

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Mediocre singer Michael Grimm wins America’s Got Talent, ending an otherwise strong season

A mediocre singer won America’s Got Talent 5 yet again, as Michael Grimm beat runner-up Jackie Evancho, third-place Fighting Gravity, and fourth-place Prince Poppycock. What a grim outcome. ZING! Prince Poppycock was voted out first, which is unsurprising considering his lackluster performance on the finale. He explained on Facebook that technical difficulties affected his performance, …

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Three of America’s Got Talent 5’s four finalists were discovered by producers online

Of America’s Got Talent‘s final four, three of them didn’t show up to the auditions: two were recruited by the show’s producers, who found the performers online, while one came from the YouTube auditions. Only Michael Grimm stood in line to audition, having been rejected last year. Fighting Gravity “was discovered virally, after five original …

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America’s Got Talent finalists: Fighting Gravity, Prince Poppycock versus two singers

America’s Got Talent 5 has its final four: Fighting Gravity, Prince Poppycock, Michael Grimm, and Jackie Evancho, and they’ll compete in next week’s finale. That means magician Michael Grasso, singer Taylor Matthews, singing sisters Christina and Ali, dancers Anna and Patryk, and dance group Studio One Young Beast Society were all eliminated. The most amazing …

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