Lakisha Jones at Michigan state capitol

Lakisha Jones performed in Lansing, Michigan on June 11, 2007 much to the delight of her fans. She belted out “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” and “God Bless The Child” in front of her audience that day.

She made the “Idol” semifinals in February, got an on-camera kiss from sometimes-churlish “Idol” judge Simon Cowell and remained in the running until May 9, when she was outpolled by Melinda Doolittle, Blake Lewis and eventual winner Jordin Sparks.

Jones will participate in the “American Idol” tour this summer. She was to leave Tuesday for rehearsals in Los Angeles.

Michigan is proud of Jones, Granholm told the crowd. The governor also said she had voted for Jones.

Go Kiki, looking forward to that record. You can do it!

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