Joshua Ledet Comes Home to Westlake, Louisiana (VIDEO)


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Joshua Ledet arrived in Louisiana last night to begin his hometown visit. He told KPLC 7 that he hopes he doesn’t sing himself hoarse at his concert later on today Also, Phil Phillips got off the jet the were sharing to sign autographs.

I’ll be gathering media from the visit here, so watch this space.

 

It’s A Mans World – Burton Coliseum

  • Joshua sang “When a Man Loves A Woman” at Westlake High School. Here’s a photo of Josh with some cheerleaders. HERE.
  • FOX29 will be covering today’s pep rally HERE
  • Radio station interviews: Josh on Fantasia, Joshua explains songchoice, Which Idol Would He Like to collaborate with, Family Nickname
  • Photos from Josh’s parade HERE.
  • Joshua made a grand entrance at Burton Coliseum on a Mardi Gras float PHOTO
  • Joshua says “This is the Craziest day of my life!” Also asked the audience to give a big thank you to his parents.
  • Joshua sang “When A Man Loves a Woman”, “To Love Somebody” and “Ready For Love”, “I Believe” and “It’s a Mans Mans Mans World”
  •  Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne declared Joshua the “Official Louisiana Ambassador”. Tomorrow is “Joshua Ledet Family Day”
  • An estimated 7,000-8,000 people lined the streets of Westlake Saturday to welcome home “American Idol” contestant Josh Ledet  Read more HERE.

Live radio stream at 107Jamz

Q&A With Joshua

Here is Joshua’s schedule:

Saturday, May 12, 10:00 – 11:00am
Church celebration in Westlake, LA

Saturday, May 12, 12:00 – 1:00pm
Parade through Westlake, LA

Saturday, May 12, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Concert at Burton Coliseum
7001 Gulf Hwy
Lake Charles, LA 70607

Saturday, May 12, 9:00 – 9:30pm
Appearance at Contraband Festival in Lake Charles, LA

 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DU34XI2QUGY4E4KPQP74GUJQQI Brooke

    You misspelled Louisiana. And there should be a comma between Westlake and Louisiana: Westlake, Louisiana. AND you put “Joshua Ledet arrived in Southwest Georgia”. Phillip is the one from Georgia. :)

  • http://twitter.com/GottaVote4DREW Ryan

    could you still understand the words? Yes. So stop pointing out minuscule mistakes and be happy MJ is kind enough to do this 

  • ePastorJames

    Yay, Joshua! Can’t wait to learn what song the judges chose for him to sing!

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick kesia monteith

    I know! Me too! I have never been more excited for an Idol contestant in all the four years I have watched full seasons of Idol. Official my fave Idol contestant ever next to Elliot Yamin. I’m so happy Joshua is getting the hometown visit. You deserve it boy! :)

    ETA: What happened to the video? :/

  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/AdorablyHooked Gwen

    Reportedly, JLo is in Lake Charles. She must have chosen Josh’s sing. Updates at #ledetinlc

  • Anonymous

    Oh Gawd  LOL

  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/AdorablyHooked Gwen
  • Anonymous

    Jar of Hearts, Jar of Hearts, Jar of Hearts… Please let one of the song choices be Jar of Hearts!!

  • Trina

    Oh god I want Randy to pick his song mainly because I think he has better knowledge of the type of music in Josh’s wheelhouse. If its Jennifer though I’m not shocked because she luuurves her some Josh.

  • bigd13

    Me too, I would put him my with all time fav. Melinda. Well actually Joshua, Melinda, then Elliot.

    I’m hoping it’s Jar of Hearts also.

  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/AdorablyHooked Gwen

    Well, Randy is also a musician. I trust him for Phil. Not sure about JLo’s music repertoire, but yeah, she loves her some Josh goosies. Steve could be a surprise.

    Interestingly enough, the only judge question he was asked yesterday was about her.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    The choices made by the judges are always wise. I mean, not before they receive a “small help” from a big team of producers who research the best song for each one of them ( and the worst for the one they want to go home).

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    In the case of P2 they couldn’t be less worried. They know it’ll sounds the same, even if it’s a Metallica’s song.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

    He’s got cute deep dimples!  Cute.

  • http://twitter.com/thebluemartini Nicole P.

    Backstage OL is tweeting a bit from Joshua’s homecoming:  https://twitter.com/#!/backstageol

  • Anonymous

    I’m just hoping it’s not a song from an animated film. LOL

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

     I can see those storm clouds looming.

  • Anonymous

    LOL!!! I thought they would be needing an ambulance for Josh once the plane landed!!! But he seemd to be rather cool! Maybe flying in a jet makes the whole difference LMAO! 

  • ePastorJames

     I love Elliott, too. ^_^ I haven’t been this excited for a contestant though since Kris Allen, my all-time favorite. <3 (Although I did follow Haley's last year pretty intently.) But Kris, Melinda, Crystal, and now Joshua are my Fab 4 favorite Idols of all time!

    P.S. It'll be criminal if one of his 3 songs aren't "Jar of Hearts", because we need a full, live show version of that (with a studio to boot)!

  • http://twitter.com/shoriagirl Shoriagirl

    Josh went to South Georgia?  I thought he was from Louisiana>

  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/AdorablyHooked Gwen

    He went to Louisiana.  They dropped him off, then took Phillip to Georgia.

  • Anonymous

    Just watched the Q&A, Josh is so sweet! He’s funny too..looking forward to seeing more footage of his visit! 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_I3NQHPT3NA6VGKK22RCMTGOCII Tiffany

    I tweeted Josh to sing Jar of hearts.  maybe we should all tweet him to sing that.

  • larc

    Oops! Wrong thread. :o

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QDJCLBPAUHTF5EV7L3ILTSEKAU DianaB

    I really like this guy and hope he goes far.  He is talented and seems really down to earth.  I will be supporting him after Idol because I know he will get a contract no matter what happens.

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    WHEN ARE THE JUDGE’S PICKS GOING TO BE ANNOUNCED?

    I’ve been checking in at this site all day waiting for it, and it never shows up. LOL

    I have been trying to occupy myself in the Cook thread but this is pissing me off now. :)

  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/AdorablyHooked Gwen

    Josh’s concert filling up: http://t.co/mkhjsPCI

  • too-cool-for-school

    I’m finally getting around to watching the interviews and he is really lovely! Very charismatic and sweet. All that plus his crazy good voice and stage presence? Joshua Ledet for the win!! :D

  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/AdorablyHooked Gwen

    I know!

  • Anonymous

    In season 7 they announced the judges picks during the contestant’s interviews with their local Fox affiliates. 

    For Phillip at least the station at one point had something up saying to watch “the FOX 31 Newscast at 10PM for a live interview.” Maybe they’re doing it again this year?

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    Oh, okay maybe that’s it. I’ll check back tonight then. Thanks!

  • too-cool-for-school

    Haha, I’m really impatient about the judges picks too! :)

  • Anonymous

    They had better not be keeping it under wraps until the actual show lol that would be dumb. One of the best parts of the top 3 homecoming is the judges pick spoilers.

  • Anonymous

    You know you’ve made it when your opening act is a Grammy winner.

  • Anonymous

    Here’s a great audio link….

    http://107jamz.com/listen-live/

  • http://twitter.com/hokiefam claudia powell

    I really hope Randy picks his song.  I’m really pulling for Joshua although I love Jessica too.  We haven’t had someone like him get to the final 2 in a very long time.  I also pull for the underdog and the most discriminated/hated on.  (which outside of the judges he is by far…some comments on him just sicken me)

  • Anonymous

    Josh and his family just came into the Coliseum on a Mardi Gras float.  LOL
    Love it!

  • Anonymous

    Song #1 – “When a Man Loves a Woman”

  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/AdorablyHooked Gwen

    Throat Coat Tea, Joshua Ledet.  He sounds a little hoarse.

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick kesia monteith

    Don’t get me started on that awful Idol Hangover show from the Hollywood Reporter where Shirley and Joesph would tend to undermine him this week.
    Some of the things that guy said made me want to punch him. I have never had such a strong reaction against negative criticism towards a contestant I like, like NEVER!
     
    The fact that a black male has a chance to be in the top 2 since Ruben Studdard is just plain awesome, and I won’t let anyone take away my excitement over this kid. 

  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/AdorablyHooked Gwen

    He’s very polarizing, as was Fantasia. I didn’t think she had the competition locked until she sang “Summertime.” Hopefully, he did that with IAMMMW.

  • too-cool-for-school

    Totally agree, claudia powell and kesia monteith!

    I’m tuned in only to MJs, Slezak w/ Melinda and Jim Cantiello (whenever he actually gets around to making a recap, lol).

    I have no problem if people aren’t a fan of Joshua or his singing, but it does get so personal and nasty oftentimes. So much so that I feel like I have to stick to the people and places that I know won’t be disrespectful towards him. Sigh!

    But I’m glad he gets a lot of love here and in some other outlets! :)

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    So.. not song pick leaks?? **sobs**

  • sf3456

    Don’t get me started on that awful Idol Hangover show from the Hollywood
    Reporter where Shirley and Joesph would tend to undermine him this
    week.
    Some of the things that guy said made me want to punch him. I
    have never had such a strong reaction against negative criticism towards
    a contestant I like, like NEVER!

    Shirley Halperin ragged on Joshua?  Not surprised.  He’s not white and he doesn’t play guitar so she doesn’t want to sleep with him.  I don’t know who this Joseph guy is, but if he’s sitting around and talking Idol with Shirley, he can’t be any better than her.

    Anyway.  Yes, tons of hate out there for Joshua.  I go to other message boards and I’m always rolling my eyes at the things that are said.  The hate gets so nasty and I think we all know why.

    I was on another board and it was pointed out that Joshua is the first black male to get to the Top 3 since Ruben Studdard and I immediately thought that was pathetic.  He now he has the chance to get into the Top 2.  The first black male to do that since Ruben.  Yes, that is awesome and I hope it happens.

  • Anonymous

    He’s a threat and as long as he’s a threat, the nastiness will continue.

  • sf3456

    True.

  • too-cool-for-school

    Yup! He is the underdog of the three but still a threat, so the hate continues on.

    His fanbase really needs to get excited about next week and plan on some heavy-duty power voting. He needs to be in the top 2. Even though I love the other two and will be sad to see anyone go in third, I will be really bummed if he isn’t in the finale.

    I wish the finale could be the Top 3 so I wouldn’t have to worry, haha.

    But what better way to stick it to the haters than to get him there? :)

  • Anonymous

    Josh, the underdog?  Really?  I don’t think so.  He’s a strong contender, and has been. The internet vitriol is always there, and is there for all three contestants this year.  You have folks saying that Jessica is only there because of illegal Filipino votes, you have P2 being cast as the awful WGWG.  Imho Josh is the one to beat.  He’s got all the judges on his side, and he’s not a WGWG but he does have a penis.  He has a real shot to win.

    Anyway, there is enough hate to go around.  He’s not the only one getting it.

  • Anonymous

    I agree.  Nobody knows how these votes are falling.  Josh has made it to the Top 3, which means there is a huge fanbase out there for him.  I would not be surprised if he weren’t the top vote getter for the past few weeks.  I saw someone ask on another site last night..”Who are these people voting for Joshua?  We never hear from them.”   You won’t hear much from us.  We are the adult fans, not very vocal but we can work those cell phones :)

  • too-cool-for-school

    I think he is in some sense, and the thinking that he is automatically a contender and has a shot is all well and good but that is usually what makes fans complacent when it comes to voting.

    I hope he is a lock for the finale but I can’t be sure that it’s a done deal. “Shockers” can happen to anyone. Just trying to look at it from a cautious point of view. I hope I’m wrong and I very well may be. Again, I just don’t want his voters to get sidetracked and assume he is safe. The other fanbases are going to be fighting hard. He has been in the B3 enough in the past that I see just cause for some worry.

    And oh yeah, they all get their share of criticism. Joshua is the topic at hand though, so that’s why he is being mentioned specifically. :)

  • Anonymous

    Nite all.  It’s been a long day and we’re going to Mississippi in the morning.

  • Chris

    Thanks for the updates.

  • Anonymous

    I’m excited to see Joshua’s homecoming this week.  I think he’s probably going home this week because of the fanbases of Phillip and Jessica, but I’m going to do my part to keep him around.  I don’t think there’s ever been a contestant on this show where I watch their performances over and over as much as I’ve done with him.

  • http://twitter.com/Lutrell4 Ira

    Granted, Fantasia had it very difficult,but if Josh were to speak with Naima Adedapo, he’d find out how truly cruel intolerant people can be.

  • http://twitter.com/Lutrell4 Ira

    …and if the producers had been successful in burying him during the auditions and Hollywood week,we’d still only have Ruben. However, I maintain that the judges did become his champion, and that has made all the difference in the world.

  • http://twitter.com/Lutrell4 Ira

    Take a look at the pictures and video clips from Josh’s homecoming…There’s a view of what is the best of America in all of these clips. A view that we have seldom seen in the past.

  • http://twitter.com/Lutrell4 Ira

    Till this weekend, I also thought that Josh may have had the weakest fan base. However, my confidence was boosted by his rich, enthusiastic multi-ethnic and demographically diverse fan base. This guy was getting rock star love for two straight days.

  • Anonymous

    I hope josh makes the finale, he’s so damn talented it’s incredible to see.

  • http://twitter.com/BobbiNJ Bobbi

    Of the three left, Joshua is definitely my pick. Jessica needs time to mature and Phillip is more of a musician imo, than a vocalist. His vocal abilities are quite limited. Joshua should win.

  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/AdorablyHooked Gwen

    Last night, Josh led the crowd through a small sampling of “Shout.” Now, I’m wondering if that was his judge’s pick….

  • Chris

    The “nastiness” can continue long after the finale.  Fans get pretty attached at this point, so if Josh beats P2 or Jessica, there will be some darts thrown long after the competition is over.  And vice versa.

    Its an odd part of Idol in that it allows you to make a million fans, but it will also bring a share of “haters” because they prefer someone else to have all the glory.  I like DB’s comparison – some people view the competition through kind of a “Hunger Games” perspective.

  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/AdorablyHooked Gwen

    That nastiness exists in all fanbases, but it’s usually only prominent online. I’ve learned that it’s hardly representative of the real world.

  • Anonymous

    Reminder:

    The topic is Joshua’s homecoming, not haters around the web. Let’s keep this post on topic.

  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/AdorablyHooked Gwen

    Sorry.

  • http://twitter.com/Lutrell4 Ira

    I hope not. Shout is nothing more than an extended vamp. This is one of the reasons that I want Tyler, the vocalist to select a song for him. It is sad that Ms.Byrd, the former vocal coach is no longer working with the idols. I believe her contributions would have been invaluable to Josh.

  • bigd13

     I saw that Idol Hangover and I was completely turned off by their comments about Joshua, I had to make a comment. I normally don’t do that, I just roll my eyes when I see or hear stuff about him but it’s just got to me. Anyway, I’ll stop talking about the haters.

  • bigd13

    OMG I would love for him to do “Shout.”

  • Anonymous

    I like Josh a lot. He’s a bit of a throwback, but at least he’s singing crazy good songs with crazy good talent. Come on, Josh, make it to top 2!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NGUWS72LAGLZQ3BDFVZMBG44TY Abdulla Mohammed

    Joshua’s fans are just decent! makes me wanted to wish him win this thing!

  • Laurie Martin

    Joshua’s talent just boggles my mind.  And he seems like such a sweet, down-to-earth kid.  And he’s kind of adorable.  Whether he wins or not, I think he has big things coming in his future.  But my preference is that he wins, and I will vote accordingly.

  • too-cool-for-school

    Yeah, sorry, MJ!! I’ll tone down my ranting. :P (seriously though, I will, lol)

  • Anonymous

    I love Joshua and that Q&A is just the cutest thing!