Van Pelt Arrives Back in Rhode Island [VIDEO]

The South Kingstown native touches down at T.F. Green Airport shortly after 11 p.m. on Tuesday.

WARWICK – South Kingstown’s Erika Van Pelt greeted a spirited group of 50 fans awaiting her arrival back to Rhode Island simply, but emotionally.

“This is like the nicest homecoming ever,” she said, before spending the next half-hour giving out hugs and autographs, and posing for photos.

The group consisted mostly of close friends and family, including mom Leslie and dad Dirk, sister Sarah and brother Collin, and her stepparents. They awaited her with handout flyers and signs, with sayings like “Blonde or brunette, America ain’t seen nothing yet.”

She came off the flight with just a single bag, and a limo from A-Formal of Fall River was scheduled to whisk her and seven others back to that city, where she now lives. Family members said she told them she was coming back to Rhode Island about two days ago.

The crowd swelled at times, as plenty of onlookers and people coming off flights stopped to pose for and take photos with Van Pelt. A member of the flight staff also asked her for a photo.

Van Pelt is scheduled to be on the Anderson Cooper talk show and The Tonight Show With Jay Leno later this week. Also, because she advanced far enough in Idol, she will also be on the summer tour.

Cheryl Butler March 28, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Welcome home, Erika! Great photos, Steve!
Stephen Greenwell March 28, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Thanks Cheryl!
Peter Bianco March 28, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Erika you will always be Rhode Islands Am-ERIKA-an Idol. I can not wait until you make your first album! Your tracks on iTunes are amazing and have been added to my favorite playlist.
Peter Bianco March 28, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Steven is there any way I can get a copy of that video I would love to have it for my personal library.
Stephen Greenwell March 28, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Hi Peter - As long as you promise not to distribute it, sure. Shoot me an e-mail at stephen.greenwell@patch.com, and I'll see what I can do as far as sending it to you.


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