Local American Idol Contestant Lands in Top Three

Big party in Mt. Prospect on Friday

By Susan Rivera
|  Thursday, May 13, 2010  |  Updated 10:00 AM CDT
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Lee Dewyze was the best of the night on "Idol."

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The votes are in! Homegrown musical talent Lee DeWyze  is a finalist on “American Idol.”

DeWyze, 24,  joins Casey James and Crystal Bowersox in the top three.

All three are headed home this week to parties in their hometowns on Friday.

It’s an Idol tradition to throw huge parties in the finalists' hometowns, and if past is prologue, Friday’s bash in Mount Prospect will likely include a parade and thousands of screaming DeWyze’s fans, reports the Daily Herald.

“I want to be me," DeWyze said when host Ryan Seacrest asked him about his hometown party. "I want the chance to say thank you to all the people who have been so supportive and to sit in my parents' living room and have a conversation without any cameras."

The event is more than just a parade. It’s a day long media event where DeWyze  will be making appearances all over the city and suburbs.  Although his schedule isn’t finalized, it looks like he may head to Wrigley Field to throw out the first pitch, do interviews at several television and radio shows and appear at an AT&T store, reports the Daily Herald.  

His parade starts at 4:30 p.m. along the Northwest Highway between Route 83 and Central Road.  Then for the grand finale, a live concert in Arlington Park where he’ll perform three songs.  

According to the  Daily Herald, eager fans snatched up all the free tickets in under 12 minutes. 

Past Idol events across the U.S. have drawn between 5,000 and 20,000 people.

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