Tonight on American Idol, we’ll find out which three contestants will advance to the Top 3, and get to return to their hometowns. If you are not aware of how big a deal an Idol hometown visit is, check out this video of Lee DeWyze’s homecoming from last year below.
If contestant James Durbin makes it through, he’ll be returning to Santa Cruz, CA for “Durbin Day” on May 14.
Here is what “Durbin Day” will entail!
– 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM – AT& T Store at Capitola Mall
James will be there meeting fans and possibly will find out what song the judges have chosen for him to sing the following week.
– 2:00 PM — Downtown Santa Cruz Motorcade
According to the press release the Mercury News cited, “The motorcade will start at Cathcart and Pacific and travel north on Pacific to Water Street at the Clock Tower. The motorcade will continue down Center Street to the Louden Nelson Community Center at 301 Center Street.”
– 2:30 PM Louden Nelson Visit – Blast from James’ Past
James will be visiting with media and local community programs that “developed his legendary vocal and performance skills.” The Santa Cruz Teen Center, Kids on Broadway and All About Theatre will be hosting James to visit the kids in their current programs.
– 4:30 PM — Travel to Beach
“Led by the Santa Cruz High School Marching Band and a police escort, James will travel down Center Street to Santa Cruz’ Main Beach. James will be followed by participants from the Teen Center, All About Broadway and the Kids on Broadway. ”
– 5:00 PM – James on the Beach Bandstand
James will “give a short performance of 2-3 songs” while be backed by The White Album Ensemble. He will also be honored by Santa Cruz City Mayor Ryan Coonerty.
These are the basic details, check out the Mercury News article for more information.
EDIT: James Durbin did not advance to the Top 3 on American Idol this week.