My hubby and I have never been regular "American Idol" watchers. On a fluke we happened to watch Season Four: the one Carrie Underwood won, but other than that, we tend to pass it by.
Until this year. This year it's special. Someone from our town, someone my husband knows and used to see on an almost daily basis, made the cut. Not only did he make the cut, he's now in the final three. Needless to say, this season, we are glued to the tv on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Biting our nails. Hearts pounding. Palms sweating. Dialing like mad over and over again after the show on Tuesdays.
All because of Lee DeWyze...former paint store clerk turned Idol.
Friday was Lee DeWyze Day here in Mount Prospect. He was everywhere all day long. First we caught him on Fox news, then he threw out the first pitch at the Cubs game. These were all cool things to catch on tv, but the best part was when he actually returned to Mount Prospect for his parade.
As we headed over to the parade route, we happened to catch a glimpse of a huge SUV type limo on one of the side streets. Of course we made our way over, just in case. And of course, it turned out to not have Lee in it, nor would it any time soon. However, being in that particular spot put us in great position to see his actual limo (complete with police motorcycle escort) pull into the firestation. He popped out of the limo, gave that ever-engaging smile, and headed into the bay to get settled into his parade car.
When everything was set, they pulled the car out, but didn't move onto the main street right away, but let us approach the car to say hello and take pictures. Pretty cool.
I have to admit, I'm a little star struck right now. I have a little bit of a teenager-like crush on this new Idol. My husband just rolls his eyes at me. Afterall, to him, Lee's been the guy mixing his paint for the past three years.
Until next time,
And don't forget to vote for Lee!