Sharron Madden of Westlake, center, said she attended the American Idol Live! tour stop in Lafayette on Monday to support "her hometown boy" Josh Ledet. (Ashley Withers / American Press)
Sharon Jacko, Diana Esprit, Dorothy January, Domonique Lastrapes, Elizabeth Lastrapes, Constance Lastrapes, and Deandre Duruseau show off their Josh Ledet shirts and signs Monday afternoon before the start of the American Idol Live! tour stop in Lafayette. (Natalie Stewart / American Press)
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 5:19 PM
LAFAYETTE — “Team Josh” shirts were easy to spot in the sold-out Cajundome on Monday. Southwest Louisiana residents turned out in full force to support hometown hero Joshua Ledet at the American Idol Live! Tour.
“I’m here for Josh. I’m a pretty big fan,” said Westlake resident Sharron Madden. “I supported him all through ‘Idol,’ and I had to come tonight to support my hometown boy.”
About 55 Westlake residents got together and rented a charter bus to take them to the concert. Kay Sonnier, one of the bus ride organizers, said the bus was “so much fun.”
“We played Josh music all the way. We were dancing,” Sonnier said. “Everyone on the bus was a Josh fan, and we just had a great time. Westlake is in the house.”
Sharon Jacko of Lake Charles and a group of six friends attended the show.
“We’ve been following Josh since day one. I am Josh’s biggest fan,” Jacko said. “I can’t wait to see him perform because it’s so different to see him live than it is to see him on TV. I might cry.”
Cynthia Ledet and Donna Bates, Josh’s aunts, said they were “overly excited” to see the show. “There is nothing like seeing him up close and personal,” Bates said.
Melissa Wierseman said this experience was “bittersweet.” Not only does she get to see Ledet, a family friend, perform live, but it is her 10-year-old son Colby’s first concert.
“I remember my mother taking me to see New Kids on the Block for my first concert, and it’s really special,” Melissa said.
“I’m just ready,” Colby said.
Cheers for Josh could be heard throughout the night, but Westlake residents had a special message for him.
“Go Josh! You make Westlake proud,” Madden said.
Posted By: MzBethea03 On: 7/30/2012
Title: WISH I WAS THERE
Josh has lots of fans in NC too! We love you Joshua!!!
Posted By: LYJ On: 7/30/2012
Title: Wish I were there..
We love Joshua in Chicago too. I wish I could be there to see his home town welcome him. God Bless tonight's performance.