American Idol Contestant Hails from Arlington

by ARLnow.com February 10, 2011 at 10:23 am 2,261 27 Comments

American Idol headed to San Francisco last night for another round of auditions. There they found 26-year-old Emily Anne Reed, a native of Arlington who moved to the west coast to, as she puts it, spread her wings.

Reed, who was working as a barista and had just lost her house to a fire one week before the audition, impressed the judges with her unique, jazzy vocals. The judges voted 2-1 to send her to Hollywood, with Steven Tyler dissenting and saying her melody left “a lot to be desired.”

If anybody knows Emily Anne from her Arlington days, could you tell us a bit more about her in the comments?

  • DT

    I am pretty tired of the tales of woe for all the contestants this year. That said, it is cool to see an Arlington girl on there. She has an interesting voice but honestly no shot to win the whole thing.

  • Arlwhenever

    It appears that Miss Emily Anne Reed is daughter of a fellow by the name of Fred Reed who, among other things, is author of the books “Nekkid in Austin: Drop Your Inner Child Down a Well” and “A Brass Pole in Bangkok: A Thing I Aspire to Be” and “Curmudgeing Through Paradise: Reports from a Fractal Dung Beetle”

    His more recent musings can be found here,


    If Emily Anne Reed continues on, this could get very interesting.

    • AlDix

      If this part is true… then color me extremely intrigued. Fred Reed’s rantings are hilarious bordering on lunacy. Hope she wins it all, just so this dude can be on national tv.

  • local

    Steven Tyler’s melodies leave alot to be desired.

    • FedUp


      • Tabby

        He leaves a lot to be desired, full stop.

  • Steve

    Did she shout GRRRL POWER on the casting couch?

    • mehoo

      You work really hard to find a way to be a jerk about everything. I’m impressed.

    • Sheriff Gonna Getcha

      Actually, Steve, she did. That was right after she said the real reason that she moved to California was because of the smoking ban in Virginia bars.

  • SouthArlJD

    I couldn’t figure out at first what Tyler said, and then found he was praying “please be good, please be good”, meaning he loved the look of her. I listened twice because at first I wasn’t sure what to make of her. The kid has a very interesting, jazzy-bluesy voice, and her little ditty with the guitar came across extremely well. She may not be able to stretch out to cover all the other genres one sees on American Idol, but I really liked her sound with its shades of Billy Holiday vibe. She was nervous singing a capella, but with her guitar she really rocked the song. Let’s see how far she goes.

  • SouthArlJD

    The most important question for Arlingtonians is: Northside or Southside? Someone tell me which part of the county this kid is from.

    • Josh S

      ….smallest county in the nation…..
      ….human nature being what it is…..
      —-if we all lived in one apartment building, it would be “what floor is she from?”——–

      • Max

        She is northside.

      • SouthArlJD

        Now you’re talking.

      • Andrea

        If it matters, she is from the affordable housing units near Waverly Hills.

  • QPGirl

    She reminds me of the late, great Eva Cassidy, which means she is probably much to interesting to make it far on Idol.

    • SouthArlJD

      Exactly. I’d like a chance to hear this kid do a whole set. She is intriguing.

  • My Hood

    She’s from the northside. Went to Swanson and Yorktown with her. Ain’t no sad story to be told.

    • hwasay

      We were buddies in middle school and the first few years of high school. Super nice girl.

      • SouthArlJD

        Was she in band or anything at Yorktown? They have a terrific music program.

    • Andrea

      My Hood clearly doesn’t know her well. Sweet person that overcame many challenges.

  • nadnerb

    haha from the northside. just shows how close minded you are. just cause someone is from north arlington doesn’t mean they are extremely affluent. and even if they are it doesn’t mean they are any less of a person who can experience hardships.

    • My Hood

      Did you grow up in Arlington and go to Yorktown? Yeah, didn’t think so.
      She didn’t come from an extremely affluent family and neither did I. Just
      because you live in North Arlington doesn’t mean you’re rich and can’t experience hardships. But it does mean that you’ve been given every opportunity under the sun.

  • KArlington

    She’s darling and I love her voice/attitude. Hope she gets noticed through the show since she’d never win…too interesting and quirky for a show that’s about finding lowest common denominator BritneyBieber types.

  • SouthArlJD

    I asked the northside/southside question just to tweak those on this site who get their jollies from trashing either. It wasn’t serious. I don’t care where she came from in Arlington and think it’s nice that a kid from Arlington is making a name for herself.

  • MIchael H.

    I don’t watch the show, but I think it’s neat to see a local gal get through to the next round. Hope she does well.

  • Mittendorf

    Just saw that Emily Anne did not make it past the group competition. It was a very quick footnote. Too bad, I would’ve liked to see how she performed.


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