EXCLUSIVE: A year after 'Idol' with Reed Grimm - KMSP-TV

EXCLUSIVE: A year after 'Idol' with Reed Grimm

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Season 12 of "American Idol" is just getting started, but what happens to those who almost made it to the top last season? FOX 9's Iris Perez caught up with local Idol hopeful Reed Grim to see what he's up to now.

Grimm has been pretty busy since he was cut from the show in Hollywood last march. After almost a year, he says life has been a whirlwind of growth.

"I know that it was supposed to happen as it did," he said.

Season 11 was an emotional roller coaster for the local crooner.

"Your dreams are right here -- your highs are so high and your lows are so low," he said. "You know, it gets crazy, but I guess that's the life of an artist."

Grimm auditioned five times to get on the show, but he said he saw his last audition in a totally different way -- almost as an observer of himself as he saw the judges respond.

"It was almost like an out-of-body experience," he recalled.

After securing a spot on the show and making it all the way to Hollywood, the Wisconsin native was deemed "too cabaret" by Jimmy Lovine and couldn't pull enough votes to stay. Now, he lives in Minneapolis, performing gigs with his family and spending time with his nieces.

Grimm is also working on his solo album, which he hopes to finish in 2013 -- and taking a lot of calls.

The former Idol contestant still has idols of his own -- including Stevie Wonder, Macklemore and Bobby McFerrin, and he also offered some advice for the new batch of hopefuls who will take to the stage.

"Breathe, trust yourself, be open, be a giver," Grimm said. "Give -- because the more you give, the more it's received."

While he may not have won Idol, Grimm said he his confident his destiny is still among the stars.

"I know that it's going to be music and art because I feel that it's vital to the human experience, more than people realize," he said.

You can catch Reed performing with his family at Manitou Station in White Bear Lake every Sunday night between 7:30 and 11 p.m.

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