Sunday, May 16, 2010

Hometown Idol

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,

Happy Reading!

And don't forget to vote for Lee!



Mary Ricksen said...

Strange, but cool!!!

Lilly Gayle said...

I've only been watching Idol for the last three years. My daughter got me hooked after all my complaints about hating reality TV. And I haven't missed a single episode this season. For the most part, this year has had the worst contestants!Either their attitude sucked, their song choices, or egads--their voices! But from the moment I heard Lee sing, I told my husband and daughter he had real star power. His voice is amazing and I am NOT surprised to see him in the final three. In fact, the last 4 standing were the 4 I said would be there from the beginning. And I truly think the final episode of the season will be a showdown between Lee and Crystal.

So cool that you know him!

Debra St. John said...

Hi Mary, thanks for stopping by.

Hi Lilly, I agree, I think it will come down to Lee and Crystal in the final. Go Lee!

Morgan Mandel said...

Wow, what great pictures, Deb! You were very lucky. Unfortunately, I had to work so I couldn't get over there. That's funny that Lee was the Guy who mixed your husband's paint, and I bet he mixed a lot of them!

I wasn't a fan of American Idol before either, but when it's someone local, I had to give my support. I've got a small blog up about hi at, but unfortunately I didn't get any pics. I'm glad you got some.

Morgan Mandel

Debra St. John said...

Hey Morgan,

Yep I got really lucky with those pictures!

Lee actually mixed the paint for our living rooms walls. I keep joking I want him to autograph the wall in my living room!

Jannine Gallant said...

I'm a big Idol fan, and I love Lee. I've been voting for him since the beginning. Great pictures!

Debra St. John said...

Hi Jannine, thanks for stopping by...whoo hoo...keep voting for Lee!