American Idol finalist Willie Spence celebrates top 3 with hometown visit

COFFEE COUNTY, Ga. — Did you know this entire week is dedicated to Willie Spence? The Georgia native has made it as an “American Idol” finalist and to celebrate, he visited his hometown in Douglas on Tuesday.

Fans gathered at the Coffee County courthouse where a very excited Mayor Tony Paulk declared Tuesday May 18 as Willie Spence Day and gave him a key to the city.

“This is the official welcome home to the next "American Idol", Willie Spence!” Paulk said.

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It wasn’t just a key to the city. The biggest surprise for Spence was that Gov. Brian Kemp declared this week “Willie Spence Week” throughout the state of Georgia.

From cheers from the fans to all the celebrations, Spence said he was living the dream.

“I’m still trying to take it all in. I’m still shocked and mind blown. I’m really grateful and blessed,” he said.

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Spence’s incredible performances on "American Idol", including Rihanna’s “Diamonds,” have moved the judges and fans who have voted him into the top three.

It will be a busy week for Spence. Right now, he is heading back to Los Angeles to continue rehearsing for the final show.

"American Idol" season finale will air live Sunday and Monday night at 8 p.m.

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