Thursday, February 16, 2012

American Idol Update!

First of all, I'm sorry for being so MIA lately. Here's the thing... One, I've been really busy, and two, I don't feel like I have that many exciting things to report as of late. ;) Anyway, as you may or may not recall, it wasn't too long ago that I did an entry about a fellow UW-L alum, Reed Grimm, who was in the audition previews for American Idol. Well, it's been a little while since that post, and since there's probably a decent chance that most of you don't follow the show like I do, I thought I'd give you a little bit of an update. Basically, he's ROCKIN' it! He obviously made it to Hollywood week, and once there, he made it through his solo round (see video below) and two group rounds. They really seem to LOVE him. And as you'll see in the video, he originally planned to sing his solo acapella, and with less than an hour before his performance, he was told he couldn't sing without the band. After a minor panic, he pulled it together and put on a pretty cool performance. At this point in time, he's in the Top 42 (out of hundreds of thousands of hopefuls). This week, they perform solo again, and the judges will narrow it down to the Top 24, at which point they perform for America and WE get to vote. Not gonna lie, I think he's got an amazing shot at making it into the top 24. I don't know how far he'll make it, but I'm just so excited for him and hope people respond well to him! If you're interested, you can also check out this article on UW-L's website. Naturally, the school and everyone who went there is proud to have an alum repping us so well!

Lastly, IF you watch, I thought I'd let you know that I'm also a big, big fan of a contestant named Heejun Han. I've included his audition video below too. Skip to 1:15 if you just want to hear him sing. Love his voice, love that song, love everything about him. He's a bit awkward, yet hilarious, and he doesn't have a clue how good he is. I encourage you to search videos of him on YouTube. His Idol clips have been pretty awesome. He's been a HUGE part of the show up to this point, and I have no doubt in my mind that he'll be in the Top 24 given how much screen time they've devoted to him. I think he belongs there. I can tell you at least one person who agrees: L. He love, Love, LOVES Heejun. Almost too much. ;) Interestingly, L watched an episode of Idol simply to see Reed's audition (he doesn't normally watch), and now he's hooked and even claimed he'll vote too. Wow! I was equally impressed and am excited to see how this season plays out. I'll be rooting for both of them! :)

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