'Idol' party slated for Lee High

Phillip Phillips

Phillip Phillips


Phillip Phillips

LEESBURG, Ga. -- A viewing party for the popular television show "The American Idol," which features a Lee County singer this season, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at Lee County High School, according to Josh Boutwell of Fox 31 in Albany. WFXL is hosting the event, which is free to the public.

Local musician and Lee County High School graduate Phillip Phillips will be performing on the two-hour live broadcast, along with 23 other semi-finalists from around the country. At the end of the show, the finalists for the 2012 American Idol title will be announced. The Viewing Party will be held inside the high school cafeteria, Boutwell said. According to Boutwell, prizes will be given away and, although outside beverages are not permitted, refreshments will be available at the event.

Lee County High Principal Kevin Dowling said he thought it was a good thing for the school to reach out and have events with the media and involve the community.

"If this one goes well, we may have other such events in the future," Dowling said. "We were approached with the idea by Fox 31 and The Lee County Chamber of Commerce and thought it was a winner."

Dowling said the students take a sense of pride in Phillips having attended the same school, just as they do for others from Lee County who have achieved notoriety, such as Buster Posey, Taylor Davis and Luke Bryan.

"We're proud of every one of them," Dowling said, "and the students are excited to think that if they follow their dreams they can succeed in what they want to do."