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Pride: Kimberley Locke loves the boys

It’s a warm September day from coast to coast but singer Kimberley Locke is feeling a bit under the weather. Stricken with a cough, Locke is feeling a bit frazzled and distracted. Despite her condition, she politely and warmly engages in conversation, courteously making small talk to get things going.

But that’s part of the appeal of this Hartsville, Tenn., native. She’s always been one to push through even during tough times, as evident from her days on the second season of the reality-TV singing competition “American Idol.”

Surviving weeks of eliminations and harsh critiques from judges like the notorious Simon Cowell and wowing fans across the nation, Locke made it all the way to the final three before being beaten out by fellow contestants Clay Aiken and winner Ruben Studdard.

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Atlanta Pride announces assorted musical lineup

Some 17 musicians and artists will perform at this year's Atlanta Pride festival, according to a press release issued by the Atlanta Pride Committee this morning. Representing a wide variety of musical genres, this year will feature such acts as Kimberly Locke, The Orkids and MEN.

According to organizers, more than 150 applications were received from artists around the country to perform at the festival. Of those, only 17 were selected.

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Pop sensation Kimberly Locke to headline Atlanta Pride

Former American Idol contestant Kimberly Locke

Pop and dance sensation — and gay favorite — Kimberly Locke will headline this year’s Atlanta Pride Festival in Piedmont Park set for the weekend of Oct. 9-10, the Atlanta Pride Committee announced today.

Locke will perform Oct. 9. This year’s fest marks the 40th anniversary of Atlanta Pride and is being held during the weekend of National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11.

A No. 1 Billboard recording artist, Locke rose to fame after competing on “American Idol,” finishing third after Ruben Stoddard and now Clay Aiken.