The 17-year-old McCreery flew home aboard a private jet just hours after finding out he was a part of the Top 3 in the 10th season of American Idol.
The first stop for McCreery was his hometown country radio station, WQDR. Then, it was off to a local AT&T store, his high school, and his old employer Lowe’s Foods. At 2:00pm, there was a parade in his honor followed by a short concert at 3:00pm. Thousands of people were in attendance.
After the concert, McCreery threw the first pitch at a baseball game between N.C. State and Florida State in Raleigh. The young man even made an appearance at his prom. It seems that he was able to slip through a back door at the Crabtree Marriott Hotel to join his classmates.
The 10th season winner of American Idol will be named on May 26.
In May of 2003, Clay Aiken celebrated his Idol success by visiting his hometown of Raleigh, N.C. Some of the events of the weekend included a visit to the YMCA where Clay worked at before AI, a wonderful BBQ at his Mom’s house, and a performance of the National Anthem at a Durham Bulls baseball.
It was fun looking up pictures and videos of Clay’s exciting homecoming in 2003. Did you see the celebration on AI?