The "American Idol" microphone's cross-country tour blew through Chicago on Friday. Nearly a dozen local "Idol" fans -- along with season 10 finalist and Milwaukee native Naima Adedapo -- made up the relay team that helped shuttle the mike through the city.
The relay members were randomly chosen after registering online to be part of the team designed to drum up publicity for the Fox singing competition, which announced the Top 10 finalists on Thursday's show. Chicagoan Devin Velez, an 18-year-old senior at Rickover Naval Academy, made the cut.
"I'm a big 'Idol' fan and I wanted to show support for Chicago," said Buffalo Grove resident Denise Silver, who took a half day off work at her retail job to turn up at The Bean in Millennium Park, where relay members met Friday morning before hoofing it, mike in hand, to the Art Institute.
The mike also took a ride on a Segway tour and stopped at Soldier Field, Navy Pier and Water Tower before dropping in at Giordano's for some deep-dish and taking in the views from the Willis Tower sky deck. The tour arrived here after being in Detroit. Next stop: Oklahoma City. The microphone's two-week, 5,000-mile publicity trek started last week in New York and ends in L.A. March 13 in time for the Top 10 live performance show.