On “America’s Got Talent,” there is a lot of pressure to get bigger and and flashier every week. Nobody feels that pressure more than Michael Grasso, the first magician to make the “AGT” finals. Grasso was sent home during Las Vegas week, but he was brought back as a Wild Card.
“I know what it’s like to go home and I know what it’s like to make it to the Top 10,” laughs Grasso. “I’m the first magician to make it to the Top 10, so it’s a dream come true.”
“For a magician, it’s very hard and it’s very expensive,” he continues. “It’s not like a singer where you can just come up with a new song. You have to come up with a bigger illusion and every act you do has to basically be a ‘closer.’ It’s very difficult and the timeframe of practice is getting shorter and shorter.”
Even though Prince Poppycock is a singer, who can just pick a new song, the pressure for a bigger performance still mounts for the over-the-top opera singer. His Top 10 performance promises a medley of Americana songs complete with a bigger stable of dancers and a quote from the Declaration of Independence.
“‘America’s Got Talent’ has a wonderful array of choreographers and backup dancers that they supply us with, but I am bringing three extra dancers this time because I have a little something extra in store — I’m doing a kick line, so the more the merrier,” Prince Poppycock teases. “It’s a homage to both Uncle Sam and Liberace.”
“America’s Got Talent” airs on Tuesday and Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. on NBC.