LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Winning “America’s Got Talent” three years ago hasn’t been without some setback for former lounge singer Michael Grimm.
In a new book, “Inside AGT: The Untold Stories of ‘America’s Got Talent,’ ” Grimm discloses a series of struggles, including health issues with the grandparents who raised him and his little sister.
His grandmother, Laura Butters, has colon cancer, and his grandfather, Thomas, has been diagnosed with dementia, Grimm told the authors, Sean Daley and Ashley Majeski.
After winning the $1 million prize (he took the $400,000 immediate payout), Grimm bought a house for his grandparents, who had lost their Waveland, Miss., house during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
He bought himself a truck and got married.
“The rest I just gave away. I gave $10,000 to someone that was needing help. I gave $40,000 to someone who was helping me through the years.
“I figured I had it, I can give it away and get it again,” said Grimm, a semi-regular entertainer at Green Valley Ranch.
Since his big win, “playing in Vegas has not been easy,” he said.
“I booked a show right at AGT at the Flamingo, and we just couldn’t get the people on board. You want to talk about frustration — there it is.”
Grimm said that after his Flamingo engagement, he fired the entire management team that was assigned to him.
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