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Who is the Next American Idol?

An evening in Normal, IL with Idol top-3 finalist Leah Marlene

Leah Marlene celebration in Uptown Normal | From the author’s photo collection

It felt somewhat…surreal. The top-3 finalist of American Idol said the same herself as she graced the stage. Leah Marlene was met by an estimated 15–20,000 Idol fans during the honorary parade. My daughter and I staked our spot in the crowd at about 6 PM, when the celebration was scheduled to start. As a…

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