Contestant Reed Grimm was the lucky guy who got to kickstart the live competition on 'American Idol' tonight. He gave us a jazzy rendition of ‘Moves Like Jagger’ by Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera and even if he was feeling the heat of being the first to go, he certainly didn’t show that he was sweating.
Reed Grimm planned to go a capella for his 'American Idol' solo performance after Group Week and for Solo Day during the Hollywood round of auditions. However, since the hopefuls are required to sing with the band or play an instrument, he had 30 minutes to come with Plan B. Can you say "Crunch time" for Reed Grimm? It was a sink or swim moment, and by the end, Grimm, 26, was doing the backstroke.
Finally! Last Thursday's episode of 'American Idol' spotlighted ambulances and montages of nervous contestants throwing up in trash cans, but this week the singing is back. Seconds after disjointed and dramatic girl group the Bettys offered up an over-soloing train wreck, the group Groovesauce "set the bar" at Wednesday's group day, according to Randy Jackson.
The stakes are high in Hollywood Round 1 this week as some wannabe stars are hitting their marks and others are just hitting strings of wrong notes. After we enjoyed a line of epic foibles (like one girl begging in a high squeak, "Can I just sing one more note? Just one more?" ... ), Steven Tyler went backstage to offer a bit of a pep talk to the nervous contestants, urging that he wanted to see some snapping, yelling and "freaking out."