May 17, 2010 07:00 AM by Nancy Floyd
Over the weekend, the top threeÂ American Idol finalists–Crystal Bowersox,Â Casey James, andÂ Lee Dewyze–visited their hometowns to meet fans and perform in concert. All three contestants received a warm welcome on their respective visits to Ohio, Texas, and Illinois; a welcome that overwhelmedÂ Lee Dewyze with emotion and brought him to tears five times. Keep reading for more details on Dewyze’s Chicago visit which included throwing out the first pitch at a Cubs game…
Lee Dewyze spent all day Friday in Chicago, Illinois visiting friends, family, and fans for a segment that will appear on this week’s episode ofÂ American Idol. The aspiring singer was in awe at the outpouring of love and support from his fellow Chicagoans and overwhelmed with emotion more than once.Â â€œIt was so intense,” Dewyze said of his visit which included throwing out the first pitch at a Chicago Cubs game.
Lee Dewyze also visited former teachers atÂ Forest View District 214 High School and performed for 41,000 people at Arlington Park Racetrack. TheÂ American Idol hopeful started his day out delivering the weather report on Fox Chicago news where he joked,Â â€If music doesnâ€™t work out, I can be a weather man.”
At his alma mater,Â Lee Dewyze motivated and encouraged the students with the story of his success.Â â€œPeople told me â€˜noâ€™ so many times, but things are worth trying,” he said. His biggest fan, perhaps, is his mother, Kathleen, who said, “I’ve never been more proud.Â Heâ€™s come a long way. Itâ€™s like a fairy tale.â€
TheÂ American Idol finalist finished his day off performing an acoustic set for over 40,000 screaming fans at Arlington Park Racetrack.Â â€œToday has been surprise after surprise, but this is honestly the best day of my life,â€ Dewyze said.
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