|‘American Idol’ film crew shines spotlight on Dresden |
|Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 9:15 pm |
| By JOE LOFARO |
Special to The Messenger
DRESDEN — A three-person production crew from “American Idol” was at Dresden High School Saturday afternoon to talk with Paul Jolley’s music teachers, Kathy Stover and Debbie Simmons.
Jolley, who is from Palmersville but went to high school at Dresden, is one of nine finalists on the popular Fox TV reality show which airs on Wednesday and Thursday nights.
While at Dresden High School filming the interview to be shown on an upcoming episode, the production crew talked with Weakley County Mayor Houston Patrick and Dresden Mayor Danny Forrester.
“It is a great time for Dresden and a great time for the county,” Patrick said. “We are proud of Paul and we want him to rise to the top.”
Forrester presented Jol-ley’s parents, Jeff and Fran Jolley, with two proclamations — one for Paul Jolley Day and the other for Palmersville Day.
“Palmersville gave us a great governor (the late Ned Ray McWherter) and now it has given us Paul Jolley,” Forrester said.
About 200 fans turned out for Saturday’s event, which lasted about an hour in front of the high school on Highway 22.
Paul Jolley’s brother, Jeffrey, a 1998 Dresden High School graduate, was also present.
“It has been an exciting day, but hectic, to say the least,” he said.
Former Dresden High School students Riley Moran, Elisabeth Tompkins, Bentlee Walters, Katie Slusser and Leanna Slusser were on hand for the event, as well as Kelly Meeks, a DHS freshman.
“I think his audition song was the best,” Walters said. Jolley sang Rascal Flatts’ “I Won’t Let Go.”
Jolley made the show’s top 10 two weeks ago with Burnell Taylor, Curtis Fin Jr., Devin Velez, Lazaro Arbos, Janelle Arthur (from Oliver Springs), Candice Glover, Angie Miller, Amber Holcomb and Kree Harrison.
This past week, Jolley sang “Amazed” by Lone-star and received enough votes to advance in the competition. Finch was eliminated, leaving five women and four men in the competition.
“I am proud of Paul,” Simmons told the production crew. “He is one of my kids and when they are one your kids, they stay in your heart forever.”
She told Jolley, on tape, “Always follow your dreams and don’t give up.”
Published in The Messenger 3.20.13