Before she became an “American Idol” finalist, Melinda Doolittle was a mascot at Belmont University in Tennessee cheering on athletes at her school.
This time around, she was on the receiving end of some big-time cheering Friday — when she and the other Idol finalists got some love from their hometowns this past Friday.
She had on that surprised look she usually does when she has praise heaped on her.
Doolittle told the audience gathering was “probably one of the most amazing things” she has ever experienced.
Oddly enough, her mom told the gathering her daughter she couldn’t carry a tune until after she was in the sixth grade.
In Seattle, Blake Lewis was joined by Sir Mix-A-Lot for his rally.
And in Glendale, Arizona, some five-thousand fans turned out in 100-degree heat to see Jordin Sparks. Some fans waited up to five hours to see her, despite the heat.
She said she hopes that she will make them proud next week.
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