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'American Idol': In final 3, James gets trip home

North Texan Casey James is going home from American Idol -- but in this case, that's a good thing.

James quickly got the news that he was safe during Wednesday night's results show.

As one of this season's final three, he gets a trip home, complete with a parade and a welcome-home party. The party and parade will begin at 4 p.m. Friday on East Exchange Avenue in the Fort Worth Stockyards.

While James is now a Fort Worth resident, he is originally from Cool, a tiny town between Weatherford and Mineral Wells.

James joins Crystal Bowersox of Elliston, Ohio, and Lee DeWyze of Mount Prospect, Ill., in this season's final three.

Michael Lynche of St. Petersburg, Fla., who did a duet with James of Bryan Adams' Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman on Tuesday's performance show, was eliminated.

Before announcing that James was safe, host Ryan Seacrest asked him what he would look forward to the most if he got the homecoming trip.

"Seeing my family," James said.

"Smelling Texas air. Seeing my puppy dogs. Hearing a bunch of people say 'y'all' would be nice."

He'll get that chance on his trip home.

James next performs on Idol at 7 p.m. Tuesday on KDFW/Channel 4.

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