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Reed Grimm advances to Hollywood on American Idol

Reed Grimm's family and big group of supporters are all smiles as they watch the popular show American Idol and hear that Grimm will advance to the next round of competition in Hollywood. Left to right: Grimm's aunt, Carolyn Grupe; Raye's cousin Susie Matzek; Grimm's mother, Colleen Raye; and Grimm's cousin, Derek O'Keefe. <i>Debbie Griffin photos</i>2 / 4
American Idol showed a few clips of Reed Grimm performing at a young age.3 / 4
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A big crowd gathered at Junior's Bar and Grill in River Falls the night of Thursday, Jan. 19, joining enthusiastic mom and well-known local singer Colleen Raye in front of a large-screen TV to watch her son, Reed Grimm, appear on American Idol.

Grimm's Pittsburgh audition appeared in the first half hour of the show, including video footage of him playing onstage as a kid. He also told judges that he was born into a musical family since mom Raye and dad Steve Grimm are both singers and musicians.

AI showed Grimm's initial audition, for which he sang "As Days Go By," the theme song to Family Matters, he also jammed around the stage playing air guitar and "enthralling" the audience, according to one of the judges. He wore a vintage shirt of Raye's from when she and Steve had a softball team in Atlantic City.

His family ordered new replica shirts to match the old one in which he'd auditioned.

AI Judge Jennifer Lopez told him on the show that one sign of a good performer is that people never know what they're going to do next and so keep their eyes glued to the performer. Lopez said she saw that quality in Grimm.

Soon the judges voted and announced that Grimm would advance to Hollywood for the next round of competition.

Raye is a well-known singer who performs often in the region and also works at Westside Elementary in River Falls. Many may know Grimm from his New Year's Eve performance with the Minnesota Jazz Orchestra Big Band at the Hudson-based Phipps Center for the Arts.

Grimm also plays in his own band, the Shoeless Revolution.

For the next few weeks, AI will air more of the many initial auditions from all around the country. The "Hollywood Rounds Part I" is scheduled to air Feb. 9.