‘Idol’ alum Kimberley Locke to headline Pride

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imageIn keeping with an apparent theme from last year’s appearance by Blake Lewis, Atlanta Pride announced Thursday that another “Idol” finalist will take the stage on Pride Saturday this year.

Kimberley Locke is a natural for the festival and will perform Oct. 9, according to Tony Kearney, Pride’s programming co-chair. Kearney also notes that Season 2’s third-place contestant may have more staying power than winner Ruben Studdard and gay runner up Clay Aiken.

“Ever since season two of ‘American Idol,’ I have loved her,” Kearney says in a written statement. “Out of Clay, Ruben and Kimberley, she should have the longest running career. From ‘Eighth World Wonder’ to ‘Band of Gold’ to today’s ‘Strobelight,’ Kimberley is still blowing everyone away with her vocals. A diva to the gays, she is going to blow us away at Atlanta Pride.”

The festival, set for Oct. 9 and Oct. 10 in Piedmont Park, will also feature other acts throughout the weekend on its two stages. That roster will be announced soon, Pride says.

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In addition to her appearance on “Idol,” Locke appeared on “Celebrity Fit Club” and is currently attached to host and executive produce “Making the Curve,” a developmental reality show competition that will put together a supergroup of plus-sized women, which has garnered major interest from several networks.

Locke is also well-know to her commitment to charities focused on HIV prevention, including Camp Heartland (a national non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of children and their families impacted by HIV/AIDS), the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, YouthAIDS, and the Davy Foundation. She was recognized with the Red Ribbon Award in 2007 for her extensive charitable efforts as an HIV/AIDS activist.

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