PINEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - He came in third on NBC's "America's Got Talent," but he is first in the hearts of many here in the mountains. Jimmy Rose was in Bell County Saturday and was welcomed home by his fans at the Jimmy Rose Welcome Home Party, presented by Main Street Pineville and The Big One 106.3 F.M. The event was held at Pineville High School.
Allen Eldridge is a coal miner who wanted to see Jimmy Rose in person after first hearing the song "Coal Keeps The Lights On" about a month ago.
"You look around and see all these people who are here to support him. It actually makes you feel like somebody from here can do it. I'm just glad to see that he is. I just really hope that he goes far," said Eldridge.
So he and more than a thousand others were there to greet Jimmy Rose at the event, where Rose sang with his brother and by himself, signed autographs and took pictures.
"This is just the beginning I think for him. We're excited to be part of it and we're so proud to stand behind him and be his home town," said Mayor Sherwin Rader, the Mayor of Pineville.
Even though the event was called the Jimmy Rose Welcome Home Party, Jimmy says the event was really about the entire community.
"It's about this town. It's about these people who all over Knoxville, all over the state of Kentucky, everyone who supported me. And it gives me an opportunity to meet with them and tell them 'Thank you' on a personal level," Rose said.
And he says the day was about sharing his message with the people he loves.
"I just want to show the young generation and people around here that you can chase your dream no matter what life deals you. Take advantage of every opportunity that you can and go after it," said Rose.
Next, Jimmy Rose will be part of the two month long "America's Got Talent" Tour.
He says he hopes to be signed to a record label in the near future.