‘American Idol’ Finalists Honored By Their Hometowns

Kris Allen, Danny Gokey and Adam Lambert visiting their hometowns on Friday.

After months of only getting to watch them on TV, the hometowns of all three “American Idol” finalists will finally get to see their favorite sons in the flesh on Friday (May 8). Since they advanced to the top three on Wednesday night, Adam Lambert, Danny Gokey and Kris Allen have all returned to their respective hometowns, which will throw elaborate homecomings for them that include parades, concerts and numerous public appearances.

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Gokey will be feted in Milwaukee, where, according to The Associated Press, his day will include some singing at the church where he is a worship leader, Faith Builders International Ministries, followed by visits to such Cream City landmarks as the bronze statue of “Happy Days” character the Fonz, the Harley-Davidson Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum and Discovery World, as well as a handful of radio and TV interviews.

Then, he’ll be joined by Green Bay Packers players Aaron Rodgers, Greg Jennings, Nick Barnett and Ruvell Martin in a downtown parade that will end at the lakefront festival grounds, where the 29-year-old crooner will perform again for his hometown fans. The day will end with Gokey throwing out the first pitch and singing the national anthem before Friday night’s Brewers/Cubs game at Miller Park.

Conway, Arkansas, native Kris Allen will have an equally busy day, with a series of radio and TV interviews in the morning, an appearance at an AT&T store in Shackleford, Arakansas, a photo shoot on the Arkansas Queen riverboat and a performance at the Riverfest Amphitheatre in Little Rock, according to the KrisAllenNation.com fan site, run by a friend of Allen’s.

Kris will visit his alma mater, the University of Central Arkansas, where he will perform live in the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall at 3 p.m. and then participate in a parade in downtown Conway around 5 p.m., followed by an evening concert at Simon Park in Conway, which one of the organizers of the weekly Kris Allen Watch Parties predicted on Thursday could be one of the biggest gatherings in the town’s history.

The show’s leading contender, Adam Lambert, currently lives in Los Angeles, but will be celebrated in his hometown of San Diego, where his day will start with a live interview on the local Fox affiliate and some local radio spots. He will also visit an AT&T store — where he’ll get a customized phone from the show’s official telecom sponsor, according to SignOnSanDiego.com, then ride in a parade outside his high school, Mount Carmel High, which will conclude with an assembly for the school’s students and staff. And, per Lambert’s request, he will met and greet some of the school’s drama and choir students after his two-song set at Sun Devil stadium.

Lambert will also visit two of the other schools he attended in the area, Deer Canyon Elementary and Mesa Verde Middle School and, in the afternoon, San Diego Sea World. Later in the day, according to KGTV, he’ll greet Marines, sailors and their families at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar around 4:30 p.m.

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