‘American Idol’ Top 3: What You Need To Know About The Hometown Visits

Jill O'Rourke | Talent Recap

The American Idol Top 3 has been chosen, and next week’s finale will feature footage of the contestants visiting their hometowns. The singers will return home this week, to be welcomed by a parade.

Their home cities have been planning these events since before Sunday’s results came through. However, they would only go forward if their contestant made it through to the finale. In this case, Alejandro Aranda, Laine Hardy, and Madison VanDenburg will be returning home.

Read on to find out where each of the contestants will be going, and what kind of celebrations are planned. If you live nearby, you can even be part of the fun.

Alejandro Aranda

Alejandro’s hometown of Pomona, California, is planning a parade to celebrate his success on American Idol. The parade will take place Tuesday, May 14, at 4 p.m. According to the police department, several streets in the downtown area will be closed starting at 10 a.m.

Fans are encouraged to bring signs showing support for Alejandro. The event is free, and will begin at Main & 2nd St. You can see a full parade route here. Alejandro will also be playing a free outdoor concert. Local news reports that 8,000-10,000 people are expected to show up.

Laine Hardy

Laine will return to Livingston, Louisiana, on Tuesday, May 14. He even got a tweet from Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards congratulating him on making it to the finale.

According to WBRZ, Laine will meet with the governor on Tuesday morning before attending a parade and playing a concert later that day. The parade will reportedly start at 5:15 p.m. on S. Frost Road, and will end at the Livingston Parish Fairgrounds, where the concert will be.

Madison VanDenburg

Colonie, New York, is planning to celebrate Madison on Tuesday, May 14. According to local news, students at Madison’s school Shaker High will hold a pep rally at 1 p.m. After a parade, Madison will reportedly perform at The Crossings of Colonie, rain or shine.

The parade will start at 4:15 p.m. at Metro Park Road. Transportation will be provided to the public from 2:30 – 4 p.m. starting at the Shaker High School parking lot.

We’re excited to see what the contestants get up to in their hometowns when the American Idol finale airs next Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.


Jill O'Rourke
Jill O'Rourke

Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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