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VIDEO: Reed Grimm "Idol" Semi-finalist is welcomed home

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news River Falls, 54022
River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

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.

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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.

The crowd carried signs, had Grimm's face on a stick, wore the Grimm-Raye softball shirts and screamed with glee when Grimm came out on stage to greet them.

He took them through his 'American Idol' journey as only Grimm could do, with humor and animation to spare. Singing nearly all of the songs from the competition, the hometown crowd was clearly thrilled.

Grimm even wore the same shirt, that was saw around the world, when he first appeared in front of 'American Idol' judges during his Pittsburg audition.

"I feel like I was in a three-way tie for 14th place," said Grimm, of the circumstances which played out on the results episode of 'American Idol' March 1 when he was eliminated.

The show, concluded with questions from the audience and an autograph session. Young students, families and others stood in line up to an hour for an autograph and to have a family member snap their photo with Grimm.

"Practice and don't lose sight of your dreams," said Grimm, in answer to the question, what would you recommend a person do to succeed.

No one knows what is next for this energetic performer. One thing is for sure is his home town 'team' is behind him all the way and ready to cheer him on the next part of his journey.

One 'American Idol' fan, Chris Deiss, in the audience commented the show this week seemed kind of dull with Grimm.

The event was coordinated by Ellsworth High School teachers Shelly Moore, Peter Dulak and Mark Stoesz.

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