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Nearly 600 people, young and old and everything in between packed the Ellsworth High School Cafetorium, March 8. The tickets were free and limited to six per person. They all wanted to welcome home Reed Grimm. People were waiting in line at 3:15 p.m. on March 6 when the distribution started. Nearly all of them were given out in just over 20 minutes. The next morning when the school office opened only a couple of dozen tickets remained and they were gone in seconds.
Last week, local "American Idol" contestant Reed Grimm was voted off the show, but not until after some emotional peaks and valleys were experienced by Grimm, himself, as well as friends, family and fans from coast to coast. "I had some ups and downs," said Grimm, during a telephone interview Saturday, not quite 24 hours after stepping off the plane from Los Angeles. "There were lots of emotions (Thursday night) all the while you are trying to stay in the present." Grimm, like millions of viewers, thought for a moment he was in the top ten.
In Thursday's American Idol elimination night, the audiences in Los Angeles and at Junior's Bar and Grill in River Falls were taken on an emotional ride that was filled with highs and lows right to the very end of the two-hour show. Local contestant Reed Grimm was voted off. He did not garner enough votes from the public to make the top 10, but even that was uncertain when he was in a group of three pulled out. None of the three made it through, but Grimm was left hanging and told to sit back down. The entire audience in L.A.
"American Idol" candidate Reed Grimm was a hit with the judges in his first live performance Tuesday night on Fox. Typical of Grimm's personality he volunteered to be the first to perform. A native of Ellsworth, he sang a jazzy rendition of "Moves Like Jagger" by Maroon Five. "I'm glad it was you who was bold enough to start off this Season one one," said judge Randy Jackson. Thirteen semi-final male performers sang Tuesday night and the women get their turn Wednesday night.
Voting is critical for American Idol contestants to stay in the running now that taped shows have ended and live broadcasts begin Tuesday. The top 12 males, one of which is local musician and singer Reed Grimm, perform tonight at 7 p.m. People may vote, via phone or texting, for only two hours after the conclusion of the show in this time zone. Those votes determine which six contestants will be in the top 12 finalists. Wednesday night the process will be repeated for the top 12 females.
Yes, Reed Grimm appears a little quirky on "American Idol," but it is that and his genuine kindness and compassion that makes him the real deal. Grimm is remembered as a terrific kid by practically everyone who knows him -- adults and peers alike. Now the world is has the chance to realize the same thing about him. Viewed by nearly 20 million people the show is carried throughout the world and Grimm's name and videos of his performances have showed up nearly everywhere.
In an emotional recap of Grimm's journey from his audition in Pittsburg to his solo performance in Las Vegas, American Idol viewers traveled with him the whole distance Wednesday night. The judges reminded Grimm they are looking for a singer and confidently told him he has what it takes. Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez agreed with fellow judge Randy Jackson about Grimm's considerable talent. Check our websites for updates, new video the February 22 American Idol show and new information on what is next for Grimm, as well as more of the interview with him.
Thursday night, American Idol moved to Las Vegas where 70 finalists from the Hollywood group and solos competitions performed at the Aria Resort on the Viva Elvis stage. Tonight Reed Grimm was teamed up with Haley Johnson, 22, Beaverton, Ore., Eben Franckewitz, 15, Loveland Ohio, Elise Testone, 28, Charleston, S.C. for the group competitions in Las Vegas. They made it through the first cut after a stellar performance which balanced all of their individual talents.
As the field of contestants continues to narrow on the national television show American Idol, area contestant Reed Grimm passed another hurtle this week. Wednesday evening his mother Colleen Raye, along with nearly 50 other supporters including relatives, friends and co-workers watched as him performed his single number. Reed chose to sing a song from Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Next week comes the group competition in which contestants must form groups with four or five fellow contestants. They have one night to rehearse. Stay tuned to see if Grimm makes it through next week.
Coming up is Hollywood week for the American Idol. It is the next time viewers in this area may have the chance to see Reed Grimm perform on national television. The Ellsworth native made it to Hollywood, from his audition in Pittsburg. This is the fifth time he has tried out for the show which is in it's eleventh season. While Grimm was born into a musically talented family, he spent nearly all of his childhood off the road attending schools in Ellsworth.