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Prince Poppycock From 'America's Got Talent': Who Is This Guy?

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Sep 12th 2010 4:30PM
Prince PoppycockIf you haven't been watching 'America's Got Talent' over the summer you have missed out on quite the sensation: Prince Poppycock.

Then again, even if you haven't watched, you probably at least read headlines on sites like TVSquad or heard about him around the watercooler at work because Poppycock has been a serious contender for the 'America's Got Talent' crown as early as his New York audition and is now part of the Top 4 finale airing next week.

This unique and colorful singer not only boasts an amazing opera voice, but isn't afraid of ridicule and knows exactly how to entertain a crowd. He makes opera fun!

So who is behind all that powder, wig and glitter? Let's meet one of the most unusual and popular 'AGT' contestants!

Prince Poppycock is portrayed by 32-year-old John Andrew Quale. He is a store clerk by day and singer by night.

Quale landed his first professional singing gig when he was only 11 years old. From then on, he continued to train and perform with musicals and choirs. He starred in the musical 'The Beastly Bombing,' which won the LA Weekly Theater Award for Best Musical and was also performed off-Broadway.

Prince PoppycockIn 2006, Quale was asked by a club to perform the song 'Largo al Factotum, which is about a fabulous hairdresser at a club. Their only demand was that he wear a wig while singing. Instead of just donning said wig, John put on powder as well -- thus creating Prince Poppycock. The Prince quickly became a sensation and John was asked to open for bands and sing at extravagant events.

While Poppycock is a flamboyant and extroverted singer, Quale himself is softspoken and shy. The contrast is quite impressive, as you will notice in the video at the bottom of this post.

When John first walked on stage at his New York audition (see video below), the crowd and judges seemed wary of the performance they were about to see. But after a few seconds of singing and performing, Poppycock won everybody over -- he even got a standing ovation.

Over the summer, Prince Poppycock won over the 'America's Got Talent' viewiers, crowd, and judges, thanks to solid, fun, and entertaining performances that allowed him not only to gather quite the fan base and popularity but also secure a spot in the Top 4. In our poll asking TV Squad readers who will win next week's finale, Prince Poppycock is in second, just few tenths of a percent behind heavenly young opera singer Jackie Evancho (results as of 2:30PM ET.)

John Quale's solo debut album, titled 'Worldview,' is available on iTunes. You can learn more about Prince Poppycock and John Quale on the Prince Poppycock Official Website and by following him on Twitter.

Prince Poppycock and the other Top 4 contestants will perform in a 60-minute 'America's Got Talent' live show, Tues. Sept. 14, 9PM ET on NBC. The live two-hour finale will air Wed. Sept. 15, 8PM ET on NBC.


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Ray B. Di Pietro

Prince Poppycock you are the sound of music. you create a feeling deep within, that connects us with the universe. For those so fortunate, who can hear the celestial melodies, and repeat them for us who can not are truly blessed by God. Prince Poppycock you open our hearts to the feelings not within us. you do not play notes on paper, you are---the the music that we hear. It comes through you with out change. We are blessed to be in your presence.
Ray B Dipietro

October 09 2010 at 6:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

WHY was the traveling show scheduled for
FRESNO Oct 3, cancelled ????

September 29 2010 at 2:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This year of AMT had a lot of talent..... most of my favorites made it to the finals. Prince Poppycock didn't take home the grand prize...but he's still a winner.
I hope someone will give him a chance so he can take his talent further,as well as the other runner ups. All around good talent. Good luck to all.

September 22 2010 at 8:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Why do we have Brits deciding who in America has talent? They should be deciding on a dental plan.

September 21 2010 at 7:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Another comment. We must remember that the top 10 get to go on the tour! And most will get picked up by someone in the business. As some stated, Fighting Gravity and Prince Poppycock are both perfect for Las Vegas. To the person who mentioned the chicken farmer who won last year? Whaat did happen to him. I liked him a lot, but point well taken, and Michael can be found in any neighborhood bar.I did think they had the best talent all around that they have ever had, and some people lost out early on that I think should not have been sent home. Waiting for next season, and I know the View already asked Jackie to be on their show. As Adam has been on Kay Leno several times, winning is not the only thing, he got the money and can buy his grandparents a home now.

September 18 2010 at 11:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

it has passed, and Micheal Grimm has no business winning. Poppycock blew it as Piers said Tuesday night, Jackie is sent from heaven, and even looks like an angel! how she lost is beyond me.

September 18 2010 at 5:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Great!!!! I KNEW the "torn-jeans wearing/hippie" trend, (starting in the 1960s!), would have to end -- sometime! I was beginning to give up hope it would end in my lifetime.....but now, (thanks to his Most Royal Highness, Prince Poppycock!), it seems to have at least a challenge! Opera making a comeback? ( : Fancy dress making a comeback? ( : REAL talent making a comeback? ( : Hooray! (Plus, the CHARACTER, 'Prince Poppycock' seems at least a little gay. Nice 21st century touch of equality for all!) I offer to the Prince a low and graceful cyberspace curtsy! All Hail Prince Poppycock! Talent and elegance again are here/ And we do cheer / And none shall mock / The talent / And Elegance / Of Prince Poppycock!

September 17 2010 at 4:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

jackie evancho should work for disney doing voice overs,
i would pay money to see jackie evancho and charlotte church in a death match

September 17 2010 at 7:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm happy that michael Grim won, Jackie is way too young to be in a talent contest with adult's and i would never have voted for her. She is talented but who wants to hear opera all the time and her voice will change as she get's older. I like the prince too, Pierce is an idiot who thinks that he knows everything, he had no right to buzz prince poppycock. I hope that he felt like a fool after Sharon told him off.

September 17 2010 at 4:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cheryl Byers

America's got dummies!!They voted a mediocre guitar player with a "piano bar" voice as best!! This was partially the influence of the judges, who emphasized his "sad story." They should have NOTHING to say during the final performances. Jackie, of course, is probably the most talented child on the planet, but is too young for a Vegas act and her voice should be protected or she could injure her undeveloped vocal chords. But Poppycock and Fighting Gravity are GREAT and creative Vegas acts. I was rooting for Poppycock from the moment I saw him. The man is a true comic genius as well as a terrific opera singer and I certainly expect Vegas to take note of him and book him. How clever of him to realize there are thousands of good opera singers, so to "make it" he had to have a gimmick - and what a gimmick it is! Fighting Gravity should also be offered an act. But Michael Grimm reminds me of last year's winner, the "singer" with his cap on backward who was an indigent "chicken plucker" from the South - and never heard from again! I'm sure he could use the million dollars, but he never made it beyond one performance in Vegas. This will be the fate of Michael Grimm, another mediocre singer with a stupid hat. Who would pay Vegas prices to hear this guy when they could hear as good at a local bar? He'll be "yesterday's news" long before Poppycock is a hit playing a very long gig in Vegas!!!

September 16 2010 at 4:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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