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'American Idol' hopeful Gabby Barrett goes all-out Pittsburgher in homecoming

| Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 11:06 p.m.
American Idol finalist and Munhall native Gabby Barrett dances among friends and fans as she arrives on Pittsburgh's North Shore on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Barrett threw out the first pitch at the Pirates game and then performed a free concert at Rivers Casino.
Kristina Serafini | Tribune-Review
American Idol finalist and Munhall native Gabby Barrett dances among friends and fans as she arrives on Pittsburgh's North Shore on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Barrett threw out the first pitch at the Pirates game and then performed a free concert at Rivers Casino.
American Idol star Gabby Barrett of Munhall smiles after singing 'God Bless America' before the Pirates game against the White Sox Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at PNC Park.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
American Idol star Gabby Barrett of Munhall smiles after singing 'God Bless America' before the Pirates game against the White Sox Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at PNC Park.
'American Idol' finalist Gabby Barrett is reunited with her friend Nate Walker and the rest of her church's gospel choir, Lamb of God Choir Homestead, at Rivers Casino on Pittsburgh's North Shore Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
Joyce Hanz | For the Tribune-Review
'American Idol' finalist Gabby Barrett is reunited with her friend Nate Walker and the rest of her church's gospel choir, Lamb of God Choir Homestead, at Rivers Casino on Pittsburgh's North Shore Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
American Idol star Gabby Barrett of Munhall smiles after receiving a #1 jersey from Pirates owner Bob Nutting before a game against the White Sox Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at PNC Park.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
American Idol star Gabby Barrett of Munhall smiles after receiving a #1 jersey from Pirates owner Bob Nutting before a game against the White Sox Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at PNC Park.
American Idol finalist and Munhall native Gabby Barrett performs during a free concert at Rivers Casino on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
Kristina Serafini | Tribune-Review
American Idol finalist and Munhall native Gabby Barrett performs during a free concert at Rivers Casino on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
Fans cheer as American Idol finalist and Munhall native Gabby Barrett takes the stage at Rivers Casino on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
Kristina Serafini | Tribune-Review
Fans cheer as American Idol finalist and Munhall native Gabby Barrett takes the stage at Rivers Casino on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
American Idol finalist and Munhall native Gabby Barrett performs during a free concert at Rivers Casino on Pittsburgh's North Shore on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
Kristina Serafini | Tribune-Review
American Idol finalist and Munhall native Gabby Barrett performs during a free concert at Rivers Casino on Pittsburgh's North Shore on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
Father Blase (middle) and brother Gabriel (right) cheer as American Idol finalist and Munhall native Gabby Barrett performs during a free concert at Rivers Casino on Pittsburgh's North Shore on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
Kristina Serafini | Tribune-Review
Father Blase (middle) and brother Gabriel (right) cheer as American Idol finalist and Munhall native Gabby Barrett performs during a free concert at Rivers Casino on Pittsburgh's North Shore on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
American Idol finalist and Munhall native Gabby Barrett performs during a free concert at Rivers Casino on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
Kristina Serafini | Tribune-Review
American Idol finalist and Munhall native Gabby Barrett performs during a free concert at Rivers Casino on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
American Idol finalist and Munhall native Gabby Barrett wipes a tear from her eye as she drives through a sea of fans lining the street outside Rivers Casino on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
Kristina Serafini | Tribune-Review
American Idol finalist and Munhall native Gabby Barrett wipes a tear from her eye as she drives through a sea of fans lining the street outside Rivers Casino on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
Fans wave their cell phone flashlights while singing along with American Idol finalist and Munhall native Gabby Barrett  during a free concert at Rivers Casino on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
Kristina Serafini | Tribune-Review
Fans wave their cell phone flashlights while singing along with American Idol finalist and Munhall native Gabby Barrett during a free concert at Rivers Casino on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
Fans show their support for American Idol finalist and Munhall native Gabby Barrett as she arrives on Pittsburgh's North Shore on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Barrett threw out the first pitch at the Pirates game and then performed a free concert at Rivers Casino.
Kristina Serafini | Tribune-Review
Fans show their support for American Idol finalist and Munhall native Gabby Barrett as she arrives on Pittsburgh's North Shore on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Barrett threw out the first pitch at the Pirates game and then performed a free concert at Rivers Casino.
American Idol finalist and Munhall native Gabby Barrett receives a proclamation from Munhall mayor Richard Brennan  during a free concert at Rivers Casino on Pittsburgh's North Shore on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
Kristina Serafini | Tribune-Review
American Idol finalist and Munhall native Gabby Barrett receives a proclamation from Munhall mayor Richard Brennan during a free concert at Rivers Casino on Pittsburgh's North Shore on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
Fans show their support for American Idol finalist and Munhall native Gabby Barrett prior to a free concert at Rivers Casino on Pittsburgh's North Shore on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
Kristina Serafini | Tribune-Review
Fans show their support for American Idol finalist and Munhall native Gabby Barrett prior to a free concert at Rivers Casino on Pittsburgh's North Shore on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
Two young fans watch American Idol finalist and Munhall native Gabby Barrett perform during a free concert at Rivers Casino on Pittsburgh's North Shore on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
Kristina Serafini | Tribune-Review
Two young fans watch American Idol finalist and Munhall native Gabby Barrett perform during a free concert at Rivers Casino on Pittsburgh's North Shore on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
American Idol finalist and Munhall native Gabby Barrett puts on a Pirates jersey with her name on it during a free concert at Rivers Casino on Pittsburgh's North Shore on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
Kristina Serafini | Tribune-Review
American Idol finalist and Munhall native Gabby Barrett puts on a Pirates jersey with her name on it during a free concert at Rivers Casino on Pittsburgh's North Shore on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
Fans show their support for American Idol finalist and Munhall native Gabby Barrett as she arrives on Pittsburgh's North Shore on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Barrett threw out the first pitch at the Pirates game and then performed a free concert at Rivers Casino.
Kristina Serafini | Tribune-Review
Fans show their support for American Idol finalist and Munhall native Gabby Barrett as she arrives on Pittsburgh's North Shore on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Barrett threw out the first pitch at the Pirates game and then performed a free concert at Rivers Casino.
American Idol finalist and Munhall native Gabby Barrett performs during a free concert at Rivers Casino on Pittsburgh's North Shore on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
Kristina Serafini | Tribune-Review
American Idol finalist and Munhall native Gabby Barrett performs during a free concert at Rivers Casino on Pittsburgh's North Shore on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
American Idol finalist and Munhall native Gabby Barrett performs during a free concert at Rivers Casino on Pittsburgh's North Shore on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
Kristina Serafini | Tribune-Review
American Idol finalist and Munhall native Gabby Barrett performs during a free concert at Rivers Casino on Pittsburgh's North Shore on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
American Idol finalist and Munhall native Gabby Barrett  sings among friends and fans as she arrives on Pittsburgh's North Shore on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Barrett threw out the first pitch at the Pirates game and then performed a free concert at Rivers Casino.
Kristina Serafini | Tribune-Review
American Idol finalist and Munhall native Gabby Barrett sings among friends and fans as she arrives on Pittsburgh's North Shore on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Barrett threw out the first pitch at the Pirates game and then performed a free concert at Rivers Casino.
American Idol finalist and Munhall native Gabby Barrett puts on a Pirates jersey with her name on it during a free concert at Rivers Casino on Pittsburgh's North Shore on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
Kristina Serafini | Tribune-Review
American Idol finalist and Munhall native Gabby Barrett puts on a Pirates jersey with her name on it during a free concert at Rivers Casino on Pittsburgh's North Shore on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
American Idol finalist and Munhall native Gabby Barrett sings among friends and fans as she arrives on Pittsburgh's North Shore on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Barrett threw out the first pitch at the Pirates game and then performed a free concert at Rivers Casino.
Kristina Serafini | Tribune-Review
American Idol finalist and Munhall native Gabby Barrett sings among friends and fans as she arrives on Pittsburgh's North Shore on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Barrett threw out the first pitch at the Pirates game and then performed a free concert at Rivers Casino.
American Idol finalist and Munhall native Gabby Barrett greets fans as she arrives on Pittsburgh's North Shore on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Barrett threw out the first pitch at the Pirates game and then performed a free concert at Rivers Casino.
Kristina Serafini | Tribune-Review
American Idol finalist and Munhall native Gabby Barrett greets fans as she arrives on Pittsburgh's North Shore on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Barrett threw out the first pitch at the Pirates game and then performed a free concert at Rivers Casino.
American Idol finalist and Munhall native Gabby Barrett signs a converted Stanley Cup trophy as she arrives on Pittsburgh's North Shore on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Barrett threw out the first pitch at the Pirates game and then performed a free concert at Rivers Casino.
Kristina Serafini | Tribune-Review
American Idol finalist and Munhall native Gabby Barrett signs a converted Stanley Cup trophy as she arrives on Pittsburgh's North Shore on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Barrett threw out the first pitch at the Pirates game and then performed a free concert at Rivers Casino.
American Idol star Gabby Barrett of Munhall sings 'God Bless America' before the Pirates game against the White Sox Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at PNC Park.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
American Idol star Gabby Barrett of Munhall sings 'God Bless America' before the Pirates game against the White Sox Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at PNC Park.
American Idol star Gabby Barrett of Munhall talks with Pirates manager Clint Hurdle before a game against the White Sox Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at PNC Park.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
American Idol star Gabby Barrett of Munhall talks with Pirates manager Clint Hurdle before a game against the White Sox Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at PNC Park.
American Idol star Gabby Barrett of Munhall smiles after throwing out the honorary first pitch to Pirates pitcher Steven Brault before a game against the White Sox Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at PNC Park.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
American Idol star Gabby Barrett of Munhall smiles after throwing out the honorary first pitch to Pirates pitcher Steven Brault before a game against the White Sox Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at PNC Park.
American Idol star Gabby Barrett of Munhall  throws out the honorary first pitch before a game against the White Sox Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at PNC Park.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
American Idol star Gabby Barrett of Munhall throws out the honorary first pitch before a game against the White Sox Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at PNC Park.

Who says you can't come home?

"American Idol" contestant and Pittsburgh native Gabby Barrett had a whirlwind visit to the 'Burgh on Tuesday — filming a "hometown visit" segment for the show. She flies back to Los Angeles on Wednesday to resume taping.

Barrett, of Munhall, began her day — after arriving from California via a private jet the night prior—with an early morning television interview and visit to her home in Munhall, where throngs of fans awaited her arrival. Surrounded by family and friends Barrett thanked everyone for the continued support and love.

"I'm going to work my tail off to bring back the 'American Idol' title," she told fans.

"Thank you so much Pittsburgh for all the love and support," said Barrett on a Facebook post.

Some fans caught a glimpse of her cruising around the city in a black stretch limo emblazoned with the "American Idol" logo. The police escort made Barrett's detail easy to spot.

"We have watched her from the beginning," said fan Vickie Hickle from New Stanton, who lined up for the parade.

Barrett's day was beyond busy, with visits that included receiving a key to the city from mayor Bill Peduto, a visit to iconic Primanti's restaurant in the Strip District, where a "Gabby Sandwich" was on the menu, a charitable stop at a local Goodwill where Barrett has donated clothing from a previous "Idol" show, throwing out the first pitch at the Pirates baseball game held that evening and a fan parade and concert hosted by Rivers Casino.

"I'm telling you, just from the start, I knew she would be great and for her to be the in the final 3 in "American Idol" that is amazing," said childhood friend Nate Walker of West Mifflin.

Walker and Barrett reunited for an impromptu duet at River Casino in front of fans. Barrett, who got her start singing at age ten in the Lamb of God Choir of Homestead, was surrounded by much of the choir that included Walker.

Dad Blase Barrett exclaimed, "She is here because of all of you!"

Joyce Hanz is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.

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