‘Idol’ Stars Get ‘Stranded’ Overseas During Military Tour

Two “American Idol” fan favorites have launched into a shock acoustic tour for U.S. Navy sailors and officers stationed abroad, however have run into main journey points. Navy Entertainment, which invitations common acts to entertain troops and increase morale on Naval bases around the globe, booked a sequence of free acoustic concert events for servicemembers primarily based in Europe, that includes “American Idol” Season 15 winner Trent Harmon and Season 20 finalist Leah Marlene, who took third place within the May 23 grand finale.

But getting to every Naval base has been removed from clean crusing.

Marlene set out for the previously-unannounced Navy tour from Bloomington International Airport, close to her hometown of Normal, Ill., on July 5. Posing for an Instagram picture together with her baggage and the solar rising behind her, she wrote, “En path to Europe this morning to play a number of exhibits for the U.S. Navy! I’m so extremely grateful for this chance and might’t wait to see what stunning individuals and recollections this week has in retailer!”

What she did not count on had been all of the journey hiccups she would additionally endure. Marlene has periodically posted photographs and movies from the journey in her Instagram tales, detailing an exhausting journey itinerary and a number of flight delays. On July 6, she posted a short video from the street, describing how excited she is for her upcoming hometown live performance, however stumbled over her phrases. She wrote, “I’m so drained proper now I can not even speak!”

Fortunately, Marlene and Harmon made it to their first tour cease on July 6 in Souda Bay, a base on the island of Crete, Greece. Marlene posted an excerpt on TikTookay of the pair singing the basic Journey music “Separate Ways,” accompanied on guitar by Marlene’s dad, HoneymoonSuite guitarist Derry Grehan.

After their cease in Greece, the “Idol” stars’ had been scheduled to maneuver on to Sigonella, Italy, for a July 8 night efficiency. But on July 7, Marlene shared a selfie in her tales with a bewildered expression on her face. She wrote, “Stranded in Athens for the evening. Pretty a lot each flight on this journey has been considerably delayed…that is post-COVID airport journey for ya!”

On the morning of July 8, Grehan echoed his daughter’s journey frustrations in his personal Instagram submit, that includes a photograph of Athens. “Took this from my resort room this morning in Athens,” he wrote. “Leah and I are bouncing across the Mediterranean performing some exhibits for US Navy troops. Lots of enjoyable to this point however flying is a large number in every single place.”

Hours later, Marlene added a number of new updates to her Instagram tales. In one, she was photographed sleeping in an airplane seat with a masks masking her face and a black hat tipped down over her eyes. Over the picture, she typed, “LOLLL MOOD.”

Due to the Idols stars’ journey delays, the Naval base in Sigonella introduced to their troops in a Facebook submit that their deliberate outside live performance would happen indoors later within the night, with a meet-and-greet session afterward.

Despite Travel Hiccups, Marlene Calls Trip ‘Incredible’

Marlene, Harmon, and their journey companions are nonetheless making the most effective of the journey, regardless of so many journey points. On July 6, Marlene posted a sequence of photographs on Instagram of them assembly with sailors, sightseeing, and eating outdoors. She wrote, “An unbelievable first cease in Souda Bay.” Harmon posted related visuals to his Instagram tales, together with a scenic video and a photograph with troops.

Meanwhile, whereas nonetheless attempting to achieve their second tour cease in Italy on July 8, Marlene posted an replace to her Instagram tales following her on-flight nap. In that wide-eyed selfie, she tagged Germany’s Munich Airport as her location, writing, “This is the most effective airport ever. It is SO QUIET dare I say peaceable!? Who knew an airport could possibly be so peaceable. So clear. The meals is so recent. Vibes are good.”

Fans Thrilled To See Marlene & Harmon Touring Together

As quickly as Marlene and Harmon posted photographs with one another on social media, “American Idol” followers expressed delight on the surprising pairing of Marlene and Harmon on tour collectively, in addition to sightings of her dad with them.

On Marlene’s Instagram photographs, followers had been excited to see Harmon, who does not submit steadily on the platform. One fan wrote, “Omg Trent!!!! I adored him on Idol.” Another mentioned, “I did not know you had been near Trent!!” And one commenter merely wrote, “Trent!!!!” adopted by a coronary heart emoji.

People additionally commented on how excited they had been to see guitarist Grehan made the journey. The proud dad has been a part of Marlene’s success story since her “American Idol” audition, when she informed the judges, “I grew up round guitars and music; my dad was an ’80s rocker.” He accompanied her to different auditions, coached her all through her journey on the show, and playedon stage together with her and Katy Perry.

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