American Idol: Reed Grimm Makes Magic Happen During Hollywood Week

Randy Jackson officially dubbed Reed Grimm from Wisconsin as American Idol Season 11’s“Casey Abrams” after what can only be described as a miraculous performance.

We didn’t see much of Reed during the group performances, only noting that he made it on to the top 98. Overnight he planned to perform an a capella performance for the judges. A half-hour before he was to take stage Nigel Lythgoe told him he had to perform with the band. Reed took the news with a smile and worked with a vocal coach to prepare a version that works with the band.

After a break down from the stress, Reed called him mom to see if she thought that he should quit the competition or keep trucking on. He took a deep breath and took a moment for himself. Just then something clicked in his head and he returned to the theater for his audition.

At last minute he told the music director he was playing drums while playing. Reed delivered a fantastic rendition of “Georgia on My Mind.” He was soulful and made the song his own. Regardless how good he sounded- let’s all note that he managed to pull this performance together in THIRTY MINUTES, then changed the entire thing as he took stage. This means nothing more than true talent.

Reed made it through to the top 48, can he pull it off again is the next question? I think yes.

by Melissa Warner on February 16th, 2012

Melissa is Unreality TV's X Factor USA expert, bringing you all the gossip on the contestants and religiously recapping their performances each week! You can follow her on Twitter and on Google+

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