The phrases “Alejandro Aranda’s Homecoming Parade” and “Welcome Home Alejandro” were emblazoned across the marquee outside the Fox Theater on Garey Avenue on Tuesday as spectators waited for Pomona-raised “American Idol” finalist Alejandro Aranda.
Aranda, one of three remaining contestants on the show, will be honored with a parade that will make its way through Pomona’s downtown before culminating in a welcome by Pomona Mayor Tim Sandoval and a concert from Aranda outside the theater. Of course, cameras will be there capturing footage for the reality singing competition.
And hundreds of fans showed up in nearby Claremont, gathering outside the Folk Music Center owned by musician Ben Harper (one of Aranda’s guests) Tuesday morning. People lined both sides of the sidewalk outside the store, which Harper’s grandparents started. Aranda could be seen inside, with camera crews trailing.
Fans and looky-loos gather outside the Folk Music Center in Claremont waiting for Alejandro Aranda. They started gathering at 10:15 and now fill the sidewalks on both sides of Yale Avenue. pic.twitter.com/j5sjv1J7Bi
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And Aranda and Harper jammed together for a bit before Aranda left the store and went out through a heavy crowd to get to his limo.
We asked for your predictions as to which of the three finalists will go all the way to win season 17 on May 19. “Idol” fans remain divided between two of the artists: Alejandro has 49% of the viewers vote as of this writing and Laine is at 39%. Each is up by eight points from last week, as they split the support for Wade. The third contender for the season 17 title, Madison, lags behind with just 12% support. She picked up a little of the love for Laci but is still a longshot to win.
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Crews are busy assembling the stage ahead of today's parade and concert for the Pomona-raised American Idol finalist Alejandro Aranda. #AmericanIdol pic.twitter.com/K9oazpLadO
And Pomona’s mayor, Tim Sandoval, was all decked out in an Aranda T-shirt as members of a growing crowd held up signs saying “Alejandro we <3 U,” “Team Alejandro” and “We <3 Our Hometown Homie!”
American Idol finalist Alejandro Aranda to be welcomed back to Pomona hometown with parade
Pomona Mayor Tim Sandoval , supporting ALEJANDRO ARANDA home welcome #POMONA #AMERICANIDOL #PomonaProud #CityOfPomona @PomonaProud @CityofPomona @scarypoolparty @PomonaPD @ABC7 @abc7george pic.twitter.com/CLIoxYnCVm
One of the many signs already seen out here today for todays event for #AmericanIdol finalist Alejandro Aranda in Pomona. pic.twitter.com/2jSh5eLjRR
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Celebrating Alejandro in Pomona!!!! Future American Idol 2019 🎊🎉❤️ #americanidol #alejandroaranda pic.twitter.com/DJyBzqLzDL
This is Pomona all over, today. . #pomona #california #alejandroaranda #americanidol #singloudandproud #donahoos
Welcome Home Alejandro Aranda! Here we are to Celebrate our SoCal American Idol on Alejandro Aranda Day! At the Start of the Parade Route Second & Thomas St! #americanidol #alejandroaranda #alejandroarandaday #idoltop3 #idolvisits #idolhomecoming #top3 @scarypoolparty🎊🎉🎤🎸🎹🎶 pic.twitter.com/vSUH1kwDgg
Shortly before the parade was to begin, a sizeable crowd of people was lined up along the sidewalk in front of the theater.
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The American Idol season finale is less than a week away, and the episode is set to be jam-packed with superstar appearances. Weezer, Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay, Daddy Yankee, Kool + The Gang and many more will join this year's Idol finalists on the finale stage Sunday.
The spring 2019 American Idol finale airs Sunday, May 19. Bryan will sing his latest hit, "Knockin' Boots," and also perform alongside be performing alongside just-ousted contestant Laci Kaye Booth. Additional country performers include Carrie Underwood, Kane Brown (with Alyssa Raghu), Dan + Shay (with finalist Madison Vandenburg) and Jon Pardi, who will sing with finalist Laine Hardy.
Kool + the Gang will take the stage with the entire top 10; previously announced performer Adam Lambert will hit the stage with Dimitrius Graham; Dan + Shay will share the stage with Madison VanDenburg; Jon Pardi will sing with Laine Hardy; Kane Brown will join Alyssa Raghu; Weezer will perform with Wade Cota and Walker Burroughs; and Montell Jordan will perform with Margie Mays, Austin Michael and season premiere "mystic death creature vocalist" VoKillz. Season 4 Idol winner Carrie Underwood will also hit the stage to perform her latest single "Southbound."
All three Idol judges will perform too: Katy Perry will take the stage with Jeremiah Llyod Harmon — plus her "Con Calma" remix partner Daddy Yankee — while Luke Bryan will perform with Laci Kaye Booth and Lionel Richie will perform with the entire top 10. In addition, viral season 17 competitor Shayy will return to perform Andra Day's "Rise Up." (See all the specific songs and combinations of singers in the full list below.)
On Sunday's episode, Laci and Wade were eliminated, leaving Alejandro, Laine and Madison battling it out for the American Idol crown this weekend. Catch the season finale live coast-to-coast on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on ABC.
-Adam Lambert will perform his latest single “New Eyes” and Queen's “Bohemian Rhapsody” with Dimitrius Graham.
-Dan + Shay will perform “All to Myself” and “Speechless” with Madison VanDenburg.
-Jon Pardi will perform a medley of “Nightshift” and “Dirt on My Boots” with Laine Hardy.
-Kane Brown will perform “Good as You” and “Lost in the Middle of Nowhere” with Alyssa Raghu.
-Kool + The Gang will perform a medley of “Hollywood Swinging,” “Ladies Night” and “Celebrate” with the top 10.
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-Luke Bryan will perform “Knockin’ Boots” and “Every Breath You Take” with Laci Kaye Booth.
-Montell Jordan will perform “This Is How We Do It” with Margie Mays, Vokillz and Austin Michael.
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-Weezer will perform a medley of “Africa,” “Take on Me” and “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” with Wade Cota and Walker Burroughs.