The home town visits of the top 3 American Idol contestants has been a tradition since season 1 and something that every hopeful wants. Well this season’s top 3 – Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, and Haley Reinahrt – got to visit their respective hometowns this weekend.
Scotty’s hometown of Garner, North Carolina went all out spending over $60,000 to make sure the Country crooner had the time of his life. He visited his old job, Lowe’s foods and bagged some groceries for laughs. He joked to the crowd that his manager called him, complaining that he had not yet submitted his two-week notice. It’s apparent that no matter how he fares in the final round, Scotty’s days as a bag boy are long gone.
Scotty put on a great show at Lake Benson Park where thousands of screaming fans turned out to watch. One of those fans was Country star Josh Turner who brought his band and did an un-practiced duet with Scotty of Turner’s song, “Your Man.” The judges have chosen Kenny Rogers “She Believes in Me” in the final round.
Lauren Alaina got emotional upon visiting her home on Chattanooga, Tennessee. She visited areas that had been ravaged from the recent tornadoes and storms to sweep across the South. She had a parade that led her through town and then performed at Coolidge Park. Next week the judges chose for her to sing Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance.”
Haley Reinhart also had a good time in her hometown of Deer Park, Illinois. She visited an AT&T store to mix and mingle with fans and sign autographs. The fans begged her to sing, but as she politely declined she promised to put on a great show that night at her concert at Arlington Park. About 30,000 Chicagoans came out for the show. Next week, the judges picked to hear Haley’s best attempt at Alanis Morisette’s “You Oughtta Know.”
What did you think about the hometown visits?