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‘American Idol’ Star Leah Marlene Performs in Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade

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American Idol Season 20 finalist Leah Marlene had an exciting holiday last week, as she got to perform in the 6abc Dunkin’ Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia on Thursday. The singer shared some clips from the event on Instagram.


Leah Marlene Performs in Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade

Marlene stood on a Dunkin’-themed float and performed “Jingle Bell Rock” during the parade, accompanied by a group of dancers dressed in red and characters in elf costumes. The singer wore a red jacket and green knit cap in keeping with the Christmas theme.

Other shots on Marlene’s Instagram show her posing with 6abc reporter Karen Rogers and smiling on the float while holding a bag of Dunkin’ treats. She also included a clip showing her point of view from the float, as onlookers waved to her from the street.

Marlene’s Instagram followers shared their support for the singer in her comments, with one suggesting she should release a Christmas album and another playing on the Dunkin’ slogan to joke, “America runs on @leahmarlenemusic !!!”


SEE ALSO: ‘AMERICAN IDOL’ ALUM LEAH MARLENE MAKES THE MOVE BACK TO NASHVILLE

What Has Marlene Been Up to Since the Show?

Marlene took third place on American Idol Season 20 earlier this year. As part of her time on the show, she released the single “Flowers.” Over the summer, the singer signed a major management deal with Madison House and made the move to Los Angeles.

She has also been open about her struggle to find her place in the music industry after the show, saying she feels “misunderstood” and couldn’t help but compare herself to her fellow contestants who are finding success post-Idol.


In recent months, Marlene has performed several shows around the country, including a hometown concert in Normal, Illinois, in August, featuring fellow Idol alums Fritz Hager and Maddie Poppe. She’s also performed in Nashville, where she recently moved. The singer launched a Patreon in August.

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