MacKenzie Bourg’s coming home.
Whether or not he advances to the top four on “American Idol” on Thursday night, the Lafayette singer-songwriter will be in town Saturday for a 5 p.m. parade along Jefferson Street and a concert immediately following at Parc International, a Mayor-President’s Office spokesman confirmed Wednesday.
Traditionally, the final four finalists in the Hollywood-filmed Fox singing competition series travel home for a weekend, and the community turns out to celebrate. The footage is then used on the following week’s show. However, the Mayor-President’s Office says Bourg has committed to the local appearances either way.
The 23-year-old bespectacled, spikey-haired, baby-faced Bourg previously competed on NBC’s “The Voice.” He has impressed the “Idol” judges, and obviously the voting fans, each week in the show’s 15th and final season.
Last week, the “idols” sang songs requested by those fans, with Bourg performing Cat Stevens’ “Wild World” and Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.”
“You have so much likeability,” judge Jennifer Lopez said of his “Wild World” rendition. “I thoroughly enjoyed every second of that. … I always feel like you’re singing to me.”
Added fellow Louisianian and judge Harry Connick Jr., “You could record that song on your own. I think it’s a great song for you.”
This week, the contestants will be mentored by Australian singer and songwriter Sia, who’ll also perform. The top four will also be singing for America’s votes, as usual. The final “American Idol” will be named April 7.
Joining Bourg as finalists are La’Porsha Renae, of McComb, Mississippi; Trent Harmon, of Amory, Mississippi; Dalton Rapattoni, of Dallas; and Sonika Vaid, of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.
Since he started singing, writing songs and playing the guitar at 15, Bourg’s musical influences have run from Otis Redding to John Mayer to Ed Sheeran, he recently told The Advocate.