They may not have gotten the American Idol title but they sure have sparked excitement into their hometowns. Lakisha Jones was recently kicked off the show in the top four of A.I. and was embraced with a parade upon arring home in Flint, Michigan. The A.I. contestant helped shed some light on a town infamous for its economic history. People in the city held a small American Idol version of their own downtown during Lakisha’s performances on the show. The event brought more Caucasians to an African American dominated place, making Lakisha the key to breaking racial barriers. The famous Sanjaya Malakar who was voted off in the top seven, wasn’t any different either. The most talked about contestant of the show was welcomed by many fans who wanted autographs, photos, and a partner to the prom when he arrived at a Federal Way shopping center in Washington. Giving the fans what they wanted, the young man passed out 200 all ready signed autographs with a donation of $1 or more to a Federal Way-based humanitarian organization called World Vision. It’s amazing how loosing a competition can actually be a good thing.