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 You Again."
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.