'American Idol' Contestant Reed Grimm: Is His Willy Wonka Song Cool or Annoying?
'American Idol' Contestant Reed Grimm: Is His Willy Wonka Song Cool or Annoying?
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
There's no denying that American Idol season 11 contestant Reed Grimm has a gimmick that works. When he first auditioned in Pittsburgh he delivered a scat-filled performance of the Family Matters theme song that won the judges' hearts. Then, in the first round of Hollywood Week, he almost sheepishly announced he would sing "I've Got a Golden Ticket" from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

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Once was entertaining, but is Reed Grimm anything more than an amusing novelty act? So far we've seen him do basically the same thing twice, and I'm curious to see if he can actually sing without relying on nostalgic songs or scatting. Right now he seems more like a writer for Adult Swim's Robot Chicken than a singer.

I could easily see this being his niche as each week he finds a way to sing another ridiculous song. Maybe he'll do a scat version of "I'm a Little Teapot." Or the Chili's baby back ribs jingle. Or Adam Sandler's Hanukkah song. Or the "Nations of the World" song from Animaniacs.

At this point, I'd be more than happy to see Reed Grimm sucked up by a chocolate pipe. But time will tell if Grimm grows into an artist capable of more than just novelty songs.

What do you think of Reed Grimm? Is he the next American Idol or just an amusing court jester?

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