Kree Harrison will return to Woodville for 'American Idol's' hometown episode
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -
Woodville native Kree Harrison is one step closer to becoming the next
"American Idol." Harrison was voted into the top three contestants during
Thursday night's episode alongside Candice Glover and Angie Miller, while
Shepherd native Amber Holcomb was sent home.
The move will finalize Harrison's previous plans to return home to Woodville
on Saturday for the show's hometown episode. Woodville Mayor Ben Bythewood told
KTRE news on Tuesday that Harrison will attend a press conference at Woodville's
First United Methodist Church at 8 a.m. on Saturday. The press conference will
be at the Family Life Center on West Bluff Street.
There will also be a town parade starting at 10 a.m. on Highway 190. The
parade will run from Kelly Boulevard to Charlton Street. Harrison will
also perform at 3:30 p.m. at Ford Park on Interstate 10 West in Beaumont. The
admission for the concert is free and will also showcase local bands. Bythewood
said "American Idol" cameras will be following Harrison all day on Saturday.
Harrison was the last contestant to be chosen for the top three after
receiving mixed reviews from judges about her performances.
During Wednesday night's episode, Harrison performed Carrie Underwood's "See
Judge Mariah Carey loved Harrison's performance saying "I enjoy you so much
because of how authentic you are," while Keith Urban said he felt there was a
disconnect in Harrison's performance.
She also received mixed reviews for her rendition of "Stormy Weather," which
was popularized by Lena Horne and Billie Holiday. Guest mentor Harry Connick Jr.
said Harrison had to learn the melody first before she could be Kree, while
Randy Jackson said he would have preferred her sing the Etta James version of
the song so she could stay to her soulful roots.
"American Idol" mentor Jimmy Lovine also said he felt as if Harrison had not
been living up to her full potential the past two weeks.
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