Alejandro Aranda, Pomona’s ‘American Idol’ contestant, already a winner to hometown crowd

As Alejandro Aranda returned home to Pomona on Tuesday on the penultimate stop of his “American Idol” journey, the 24-year-old singer-songwriter was celebrated not just for his success — he’s in the Top 3 who will compete for the crown on Sunday’s episode — but for what it even means to be an American Idol in 2019, 17 years after the reality TV singing competition debuted.

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