Braddy family throws party for 'Idol' contestant

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) -- Former "American Idol" contestant Ricky Braddy met fans, signed autographs and had his picture taken with fans at a party in his native North Carolina.

The one thing he didn't do Sunday was sing. The Daily Advance of Elizabeth City reported Monday that family friend Jeff Clark said Braddy's contract with the show bars him from singing for at least the next three months.

But he was able to meet about 500 fans who attended a party in Elizabeth City thrown by Braddy's family to thank the community for its support. Braddy made it to the top 36 contestants but not the final 13.

Clark says Braddy plans to go to Nashville, Tenn., this week, do some interviews with the TV show's media company and see what happens next.

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Information from: The Daily Advance, http://www.dailyadvance.com/

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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