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Scenes from Reed Grimm's Ellsworth school days were shown on a small screen in the EHS Cafetorium during Reed Grimm Night Tuesday.

Grimm's a hit in Hollywood, back home

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Grimm's a hit in Hollywood, back home
Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

Wisconsin's "American Idol" candidate was a hit with the judges in his first live performance Tuesday night on Fox-TV.

Reed Grimm of Ellsworth sang a jazzy version of "Moves Like Jagger" by "Maroon-Five."

The top 24 semifinalists were singing for spots in the final 13 last week. Viewers were to choose 10 and the judges were to select the other three.

Grimm's audition was full of energy and he appeared to move effortlessly on stage. He also played drums for part of the song.

Judge Jennifer Lopez said he has an "amazing voice."

Before he sang, there was a video profile of Grimm in Ellsworth. He showed off the village's famous cheese curds and the two nieces he helps care for. The 26-year-old Grimm said it would change his life to be the next American Idol because, "I wouldn't be spending every day changing dirty diapers."

Tuesday night was devoted to the male contestants. Half of them were eliminated last week.

Grimm's mother, Colleen Raye, aunt, Janet Sparkman, and sisters, Jennifer and Sophie Grimm, were in the audience Tuesday night.

The male performers sang Tuesday night and the women got their turn Wednesday night. The finalists for Idol's 11th season were announced Thursday night.