Lafayette's own MacKenzie Bourg's run toward being named the final 'American Idol' has ended.
Bourg was eliminated from the show Thursday night after reaching the final four on Fox’s singing competition series.
"This show has really changed my life. Just so many people love -- not just my music -- but me as a person and want to support me," Bourg said in a recorded farewell video. "It really means a lot to me."
In his visit home to Lafayette last week, Bourg was greeted by screaming fans of all ages waving signs and commemorative posters. Some stood on the bottoms of light poles. Others wondered if they’d be lucky enough to get an autograph.
The singer-songwriter, with guitar over his shoulder, also performed during his visit and sang his trademark stripped-down, slowed-down versions of four songs he’s done on “Idol” — Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean,” Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and his original piece “Roses.” The audience, when they weren’t screaming, sang along. He followed with Justin Bieber’s “Sorry.”
The 23-year-old Bourg first impressed “Idol” judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and fellow Louisianian Harry Connick Jr. at his audition, when he sang a medley of songs previously recorded by the three artists.
The Idol field is now down to three for the final competition episode, 7-8 p.m. CDT Wednesday, April 6, with the winner announced the next night, 7-9:06 p.m. EDT Thursday, April 7.