Big Mike Lynche Gets Key To St. Pete

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99851990 Big Mike Lynche Gets Key To St. Pete

St. Petersburg-raised American Idol finalist [lastfm]Michael Lynche[/lastfm] called Mayor Bill Foster on Monday with a challenge.

“He said, ‘I’ve got one day and one day only, and I want to use the whole day to talk to kids,’ ” said the mayor.

So the city has arranged a whirlwind tour of local schools today for Lynche, during which the fourth-place Idol finalist probably will answer questions, sing a few songs and play his guitar. His itinerary includes places he attended, such as Gibbs High School and John Hopkins Middle School, along with Hamilton Disston School (where his mother-in-law teaches), Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle School (where he worked as a student teacher) and Maximo Elementary School.

He’s also scheduled to receive the key to the city and a proclamation from St. Petersburg officials.

Lynche’s day will start early with an interview on Tampa Fox station WTVT-Ch. 13 at St. Petersburg City Hall, followed by an 8:30 a.m. presentation in the City Council chambers. He’ll be on a plane headed out of the area by early evening.

Although Lynche was ejected from Fox’s blockbuster singing competition on May 12, he is slated to perform with the show’s top 10 contestants during the American Idol Live! tour, scheduled to come to the St. Pete Times Forum on Aug. 4. Still, Foster said, Lynche was committed to thanking local fans for their support.

“He wants to go to all the places which had an influence on his life,” Foster said. “It’ll be tight, but we’ll make sure he sees as many kids as he can get to.” (

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