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April 30, 2013

Beverly planning for Angie's return

BEVERLY — If all goes right for Angie Miller, the “American Idol” star could be performing before thousands of people in her hometown on Saturday.

City and school officials are planning a parade and concert that would be held if, as many expect, the 19-year-old Beverly High School graduate advances to the final three of the “American Idol” competition Thursday night.

“Potentially, this Saturday, Angie Miller could be back in Beverly,” Beverly High Principal Sean Gallagher said.

Tentative plans call for an autograph session at Beverly High School, a parade through the downtown and a mini concert featuring Miller at Hurd Stadium, although officials emphasize that nothing has been set in stone.

The events would be part of the “hometown visits” that “American Idol” conducts every year when the show is down to its final three singers. Miller is now among the final four performers and was one of the top two vote-getters last week.

Gallagher said he confirmed yesterday with the show’s producers that the hometown visits will be held this year. The visits generally consist of a parade and short concert, with the hometown determining where they should be held.

Mayor Bill Scanlon said officials are looking “very seriously” at holding the concert at Hurd Stadium, the Essex Street football field that holds about 10,000 people. Scanlon said it’s unclear where the parade would be held, “but there’s a strong desire to have part of the parade be in the downtown.”

Events would also probably be held at the high school, including an autograph session with Miller. Miller would also spend time doing interviews with TV and radio stations.

“She’s only here for a 24-hour period, so her schedule’s very tailored,” Gallagher said. “She’s not going to have any free time.”

Scanlon said he didn’t know how many people would show up but said, “We’re talking about many thousands.” Officials were scheduled to meet again today to discuss such details as bus transportation and portable toilets.

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