On Saturday, the three remaining “American Idol” contestants (in Phillip Phillips, Joshua Ledet, and Jessica Sanchez) all returning home for their hometown hero visits, and now we have a bit more in the way of coverage of the grand celebrations.
Phillip (Leesburg, Georgia) – Let’s kick things off with Phillip, who managed to stuff in a little bit of everything while in his small town. Phillip was greeted to thousands of fans not only for a parade, but for a performance later in the night at Lee County High School. (You can also check out some videos over at the Ledger-Enquirer.)
Here is the official set list for the concert that Phillip performed:
1. Jam session
2. “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder
3. “Still Rainin'” by Jonny Lang
4. “Nice and Slow” by Usher
5. “Thriller” by Michael Jackson
6. “Volcano” by Damien Rice
7. “All Along the Watchtower” by Jimi Hendrix
In other words, Phillip really put all of his highlights from the entire season into this performance. While in Leesburg, he also stopped by his father’s pawn shop and visited a children’s hospital — which of course is where the photo to the left was shot.
Even though Phillip has had more stress than any other contestant due to some kidney problems, he is still the only contestant left to never face the bottom.
Jessica (Chula Vista, California) – Jessica returned home to a day that was not only full of fun, but also a tribute to men and women in uniform (as her dad is a member of the military). She performed both at her local high school and the USS Midway — where she actually brought her father on stage for a performance of “Dance with My Father.”
What is really impressive here about Jessica is that despite being from a suburban area of San Diego (which does not always have the same sort of small-town pride as a Leesburg), she still drew a rather large crowd. You can check out of the songs she performed over the course of the day in Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” below.
Joshua (Westlake, Louisiana) – While we don’t have any photos of Joshua’s visit to Westlake, we can at least detail that there was once again a parade, and he also performed at Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles.
For those interested, here is the setlist:
-“When A Man Loves a Woman”
-“To Love Somebody
-“Ready For Love”
-“It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World”
We don’t have a full performance, but there was a stream of the latter performance that was uploaded to YouTube after the show.
If you could be at one of these hometown visits, which one would you want to attend?