Verizon Wireless Arena was nearly full last night as the Idols took the stage for the next-to-the-last time. There was lots of heartfelt thanks to the audience for giving them the opportunity to tour, and in response the audience was wildly enthusiastic. I think these last two show are going to be memorable for the Idols. Manchester, NH has always loved the Idols.
Many family sightings in the audience last night: Blake Lewis’ parents sat behind me. Gina Glocksen’s mom and fiance were nearby. Phil Stacey’s wife could be seen sitting inside the steel barrier in front of the stage. During “I Need You” (his duet with Gina), Phil sang the song to his wife when he made his way to her side of the stage. Melinda Doolittle’s mom was there. I believe Chris Sligh’swife, Sarah was there, as was Sanjaya Malakar’s sister, Shyamali Malakar.
And get this–Tony Orlando was in the house! Yes, Tony Orlando, from Tony Orlando and Dawn. No I’m not kidding. He was there with a young girl who was probably a daughter or granddaughter. People were asking for his autograph during intermission. Too funny.
I took video and pictures–as always, and I’ll have them up soon. I’ll be attending the final show tonight, and it should be fun. The Idols usually play many pranks on stage during the final show. I’ll no doubt have lots of great pictures and video, so stay tuned…