EAST HAVEN - He has become a prime time player on "American Idol," and on Tuesday Feb. 24, at the Momauguin School by Cosey Beach, Connecticut native Nick Fradiani delivered a message to the third-, fourth- and fifth-grade classes at the school.
Fradiani has wowed the judges on the hit singing contest, making it to the final 24 contestants in Hollywood. The lunch room at the school was packed with over 150 exuberant kids all holding signs cheering on Fradiani who went to elementary school in East Haven before moving on to Guilford High. The message was delivered via iPhone video, and in it Fradiani said to the students, "I've worked so hard for this and it shows you guys that whatever you want to do make sure you go after it."
Nick's father, also named Nick (not Nick, Sr., but rather "the original Nick" he insists) was at the school rally for his son and said, "I really would love to see everyone vote for him because he's so deserving of this with his ability."
The elementary school crowd is a coveted audience for Idols-to-be, as the kids all have the power to call and vote. Liz Franco-Spano, a physical education teacher at Momauguin and the emcee for the assembly, said, "He's our next 'American Idol,' I know it in my heart--we need to get votes for him, this is a small town, this is a small state so we have to do it for Nick!"
The mayor's office read a proclamation naming Wednesday, February 25 "Nick Fradiani Day." Fradiani will appear on "American Idol" at 8 p.m. Wednesday on Fox CT, after which fans can call in and vote for him. Fradiani had one more message for the students: "Thanks so much and please vote for me."