Josh Ledet to sing at McNeese game on Saturday

By By Ashley Withers / American Press

Hometown favorite and ‘American Idol’ finalist Joshua Ledet will sing the National Anthem before the McNeese State University

football game against the University of Central Arkansas Saturday.

Candace Townsend, university spokeswoman, said Ledet’s Saturday performance came about rather suddenly.

“It wasn’t planned. He approached us about singing at a football game. It really came from him,” she said.

“The university chorus used to sing the National Anthem, but I can’t remember the last time a soloist did it.”

Ledet, a Westlake native, made it to the top three on the nationally televised talent competition “American Idol” — the first

Louisianian to do so.

He was best known on the show for his renditions of “It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World,” and “When a Man Loves a Woman.”

“We are very honored that Josh will be

singing. This is a unique opportunity for our fans to hear a nationally

acclaimed artist

sing in their hometown. We are so proud of the success that he has

had over the past year and the attention that he has brought

to this area. He is truly a great ambassador for all of Southwest

Louisiana,” said McNeese Athletic Director Tommy McClelland.

“I personally am excited to hear him sing because I was out of

town during the American Idol Concert at Burton. The only time

I have ever voted for a participant was when Josh was competing.”

Ledet gained a large following in Southwest Louisiana during his time on the show. While the 11th season of “Idol” was airing,

hundreds gathered each week in Westlake to cheer Ledet on and “Team Josh” shirts could be seen all around town.

With his sizable local fan base, McNeese could see a jump in ticket sales, but Townsend said she doesn’t know for sure.

“The McNeese-UCA game is usually pretty

well attended because it’s a conference game,” she said. “I think it’s

just tremendous

that he reached out to us and wanted to do it. Everyone who is at

the game will get to hear an American Idol finalist perform

live and that’s kind of exciting.”

Tickets for the Red Beans and Rice Bowl game are still available by going to McNeeseSports.com or by calling the ticket office

at 337-475-4MSU. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.