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Grimm's a hit in Hollywood, back home

Scenes from Reed Grimm's Ellsworth school days were shown on a small screen in the EHS Cafetorium during Reed Grimm Night Tuesday.1 / 7
Youths recorded good luck messages to Reed Grimm in a hallway off of the EHS Cafetorium Tuesday.2 / 7
A reporter from Fox-9 TV in the Twin Cities interviewed members of the audience for Reed Grimm Night at Ellsworth High School Tuesday.3 / 7
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All attentions at the concession stand in the EHS Cafetorium were focused on the big screen when Reed Grimm performed on the "American Idol" TV show.5 / 7
Voting information was available on a table in the entryway to the EHS Cafetorium for Reed Grimm Night Tuesday.6 / 7
Reed Grimm Night was held Tuesday for the benefit of fans of the "American Idol" TV show contestant from Ellsworth. Grimm not only performed live on the Fox-TV program for the first time that night, but wowed the show's panel of celebrity judges. A big screen was set up in the EHS Cafetorium for viewing the evening's episode, while a smaller screen displayed clips of Grimm during his local school years. Congratulatory messages were sent to him by a crowd of 100-to-150 or so who attended the event, also o...7 / 7

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.

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