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May 3, 2022

Fauquier native Mike Parker’s deep run on ‘American Idol’ comes to an end

Courtesy/Fauquier County Public Schools
"American Idol" singer Mike Parker recently visited Grace Miller Elementary in Fauquier County to speak to and perform for students. Pictured with him is his mother, DeJuanna Parker, and Grace Miller student Xavier.
By James Jarvis
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Fauquier County Public Schools alumnus Mike Parker gave his last “American Idol” performance Sunday night after not receiving enough votes to make it through to the final 7.

The 27-year-old country singer from Warrenton had a long run, making it through to the top 10 contestants on the ABC show. The singer ended his journey on the program singing Phil Collins' “You’ll Be in My Heart,” which he dedicated to his mother battling leukemia.

“Your mother said it best when she said, ‘I came out here to see my top 10 No. 1 superstar son,’” judge Lionel Richie said following Parker’s performance Sunday night.

“I mean, what a tough song to navigate … and you navigated it amazingly,” fellow judge and country singer Luke Bryan added.

In March, Parker returned to his hometown to sing for students at Grace Elementary and speak words of encouragement, telling them they should not give up when things get hard, including their classes.

Parker was the last of the three contestants from Virginia, including Kenedi Anderson from the Charlottesville area and Dan Marshall, a former football player at Virginia Tech.

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