American Idol Live Tour features Jacksonville native

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A 16-year-old Westside High School student who was once homeless will take the stage at the Florida Theater Wednesday night for the American Idol Live tour.

She's among the top five finalists from season 14.

"It's a lot of pressure because it's home," said Tyanna Jones. "You don't want to let your hometown down."

The Florida Theater is stop No. 7 on a 37-show tour that ends in Riverside, Calif. on Aug. 28.

The theater is a place Jones has walked past several times growing up in the area, but she had never set foot inside or imagined she would grace its stage.

"To know that I'm going to get up there with the other idols and sing, it just makes me a part of the history that is to come and I'm so excited about it," said Jones.

Jones already sang her heart out on the big stage in front of a national audience as a contestant on American Idol, but she says performing in the River City has special meaning.

"My family we went through some things. When I was about three or four years old, we were homeless for about six months," said Jones.

Her immediate family consists of 13 people. She falls in-line right in the middle of seven girls and four boys. And when Jones grabs the microphone Wednesday night she'll sing for each of them and those less fortunate in Jacksonville who dare to dream.

"I'm so excited to do this," said Jones. "This is going to be amazing. It's going to be awesome."

American Idol auditions will also be held at the Florida Theater Wednesday night from 5-11 p.m. You must be at least 15 years old to participate.

Tickets are still available for the show which begins at 7:30 p.m.


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