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American Idol finalist Michael Lynche to get key to St. Petersburg, visit area schools Thursday

Mlynche_supernatural.type St. Petersburg-raised American Idol finalist Michael Lynche called Mayor Bill Foster on Monday with a serious challenge.

“He said, ‘I’ve got one day and one day only,’” noted Foster, “‘And I want to use the whole day to talk to kids.’”

So the city is arranging a whirlwind tour of local schools for Lynche on Thursday, where the 4th place Idol finalist is expected to answer questions and sing a few songs with his guitar.

The itinerary isn’t finalized, but is expected to include places he attended, such as Gibbs High School and John Hopkins Middle School, along with Hamilton Disston School (where his mother-in-law teaches), Thurgood Marshall Middle School (where he worked as a student teacher) and Maximo Elementary School.

It all starts with a stop by St. Petersburg's City Council, where Lynche will receive a proclamation and the key to the city.

The trip is a belated homecoming for area Idol fans, who saw hopes that the city might be featured on the show's homecoming episode dashed when Lynche was ejected from the contest right before that segment was filmed.

Michael-lynche-may-11-7eff3c18043bddeb_medium Lynche’s day will start early with an interview on Tampa Fox station WTVT-Ch. 13 at St. Petersburg City Hall, followed by an 8:30 a.m. presentation before the day’s City Council meeting. He’s expected to stop by Gibbs, where he attended the Pinellas County Center for the Arts magnet program, between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Though Lynche was ejected from Fox’s blockbuster singing competition on May 12, he is slated to perform with the show’s Top 10 contestants during the American Idol Live! tour, already in rehearsals and scheduled Aug. 4 at the St. Pete Times Forum. Still, Foster said Lynche was committed to visiting his hometown and speaking to students.

“He wants to go to all the places which had an influence on his life,” Foster added. “It’ll be tight, but we’ll make sure he sees as many kids as he can get to.”

Here's his itinerary:

8:30 am - City Council
9:00 am - Hamilton Disston School
9:30 am - Gibbs High School
10:50 am - Thurgood Marshall Fundamental School
1:30 pm - Maximo Elementary
2:45 pm - John Hopkins Middle
4:00 pm - quick stop at Lee Roy Selmon's at Tyrone Mall (I understand they were big supporters during the show)

Here's a clip of Lynche's recent appearances on Ellen and The Wendy Williams Show that I was looking for an excuse to post:

[Last modified: Thursday, August 12, 2010 2:15pm]


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