Thursday, May 17, 2012

"A Miracle" Idol

I've always watched American Idol.  Granted, I fast forward through a lot of the fluff, but I have really enjoyed this year in particular - I think it's been the best so far.

Gianna has referred to AI as "Mommy's Singing Show" but recently I heard her call the show by it's name (in her mind):  "A Miracle" Idol.  How cute is that?  This year was such a kick because one of the finalists, Josh Ledet, lives about ten minutes from our home.  It was wonderful to have a local kid that made it to the top ten and then the top three.  It was even more wonderful because I think he's one of the most gifted performers Idol has ever seen - as well as being grounded, humble, appreciative and faith-filled.
Last week we got a call from our sweet friend/babysitter, Jessie.  Her Grandpa is on the Westlake City Council and scored some tickets to Josh's big Homecoming Pep Rally/Concert which sold out in only an hour. She invited Gianna and I to come along.  Gianna was beside herself with excitement (as were her momma and her Jessie.)

We got to the Coliseum at 3:30pm Saturday and waited for quite a while before we were able to actually enter the building.  Then we waited for another two hours (while listening to Josh's cousin play Zydeco music) before the supposed start of the concert. 

The opening act was yet another Zydeco band (Grammy winners!) and to the frustration of 8,000 of very eager Josh fans, played song after song after song - trying to kill time before a very late guest of honor arrived.  This poor band was put in such a horrible position.  It was getting to the point that people were booing when they would announce that Josh still wasn't there. 

FINALLY, a whole HOUR late (we'd been there 3 and a half hours by then), Josh made his way on a Mardi Gras float and the crowd was just electric.  There seemed to be a few organizational snafus, but most people were very forgiving and patient.

All the waiting was well worth it - when Joshua finally began to sing.  He started with When a Man Loves A Woman.  Holy Moly!  (Gianna now sings this song incessantly.) He truly is amazing - even without all the glitz and glam and backup of American Idol.  He is truly gifted.  He also sang the now famous It's a Man's, Man's Man's World and it seems like everyone in the stadium lifted there arms in unison to show their goosebumps. This boy can SANG!

By the time it was over, my trooper of preschooler made it five and a half hours with no food or bathroom break...and very very little complaining.  Kudos to you, little girl!  She experienced "The Wave" for the first time (which was hilarious to watch) and still chants, "WE WANT JOSH!" at really random times.

Well, tonight. Our Josh was eliminated from American Idol.  Gianna had tears in her eyes...but it was such a great lesson for her.  I told her that it wasn't about winning, it was about showing people what an amazing gift he has.  His job is to use his singing gift and make music that will touch people's hearts.  He doesn't need to win in order to do that.  She seemed completely okay with that. 

What a fun ride that little boy from Wess-a-lake has given us!  Follow your dreams, Josh...your future is bright.

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