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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.
From Trending on Twitter to interviews for television, the last few months have been a flurry of activity for Reed Grimm who grew up in Ellsworth. He is one of the top 42 contestants on the popular show "American Idol." This week those contestants will perform solos and the field will be narrowed to 24. "American Idol" airs at 7 p.m. on Feb. 22 and 23. The shows highlight solo competition and the top 24 contestants will be chosen.
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.
The Wednesday night edition of American Idol was a big night for area contestant Reed Grimm. Not only did the group he performed with sail through to solo competition, but at the last minute before he was to sing a solo, a cappella, he found out he had to use the back up band. On-air footage of Grimm showed him working with musical directors, calling his mother Colleen Raye for moral support and eventually changing it up again to sing 'Georgia on my Mind,' while playing the drums himself. This is a place he is comfortable with.
Last week Colleen Raye watched "American Idol" at Junior's Bar and Grill in River Falls with family members and friends. Wednesday night, her son Reed Grimm was shown performing in the singles competition. He chose another quirky song -- "I've Got a Golden Ticket" -- from "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory." His rendition was enough for the judges to unanimously agree to send him through to the group competition. For the group competition the contestants are given a list of 20 plus songs. They must pick a song and team up with other contestants to form a group of four or five.
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.
On Jan. 5, St. Croix Animal Friends appointed new members to their board of directors bringing the total to 17. The new board is starting the New Year off with an ambitious agenda: to raise enough money to build a long awaited animal shelter in St. Croix County. The organization, founded in 2005 by now president Diana Neubarth, purchased six acres of land located near the southeast corner of the interchange between I-94 and Hwy. 65 just south of Roberts in 2010. This moved it another step closer to a long-time goal.
Monday night, November 28, parents and their children gathered in the Hudson High School auditorium for the 21st annual Stop Drug and Alcohol Abuse Poster Contest award ceremony. This year 1,400 students from 18 different schools countywide entered the contest which St. Croix County District Attorney Eric Johnson started in 1989. A committee of judges votes on all of the entries. The top ten entries in each grade category are awarded certificates for a $100 savings bond.
Pauline Staberg has cleaned 'house.' An avid teacher bent on making sure every year was fresh and different for her students, she collected mountains of materials including puppets. When she moved from North Hudson where she taught for 18 years to River Crest Elementary, both sides of the hallway in North Hudson were full of items for her fellow teachers to take and use. At the end of the day, she still moved 200 boxes to River Crest. However, with the end of the school year near, Staberg again offered her co-workers a bonanza of items.