It must be the water, air, or basic geologic location that's enabled the Northwest suburbs of Chicago to have another top three finalist on American Idol.
Last years inspirational story of everyone's favorite local paint salesman Lee DeWyze was much more publicized than current finalist Haley Reinhart, but that's not going to stop Haley from trying to make School District 214 two for two in the last two American Idols.
If you live under a rock, didn't turn on the tv or haven't looked at the newspaper in the last 12 hours, Haley Reinhart advanced to the final 3 in the tenth season of Fox's American Idol last night, outlasting rocker James Durbin, and joining Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery.
Haley will have a similar "hometown visit" in Wheeling this Saturday as Lee did in Mount Prospect last year: Starting at 4:30pm, she will ride a motorcade to the Wheeling Village Hall, give a speech with the Village President Judy Abruscato (where they will officially name May 14th "Haley Reinhart Day", then they will travel to the Wheeling Community Campus and finally conlude with a performance at Arlington Park around 6:30pm.
In a night where approximately more than 72 million votes were cast, making for the highest top-four vote amount ever, Haley was the only contestant to really have any criticism from the judges, namely Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson.
They both stated that Michael Jackson's "Earth Song" was an incorrect pick for her, but with Steven Tyler's defence and a solid rendition of "I (Who Have Nothing)", originally recorded by Ben E. King and later covered by many various artists, Haley valuted into the finals by receiving a standing ovation from all the judges and obviously having an impact on the last minute voters.
It'll bring the spotlight back to the Northwest suburbs once again and also show Haley how many people are back home rooting for her to bring home another American Idol win!
Tickets for her performance at Arlington Park, see www.ArlingtonPark.com, but don't delay as I'm sure they are going fast!