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Posted: Thursday, October 15, 2009 6:05 pm | Updated: 2:17 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

One of the Valley's best-known 20-somethings is home again.

Scott MacIntyre, the Scottsdale man who made it to the top eight of "American Idol" last season, is fresh off the show's summer concert tour, and he's preparing to give a special concert Saturday at Mesa Arts Center.

One of the Valley's best-known 20-somethings is home again.

Scott MacIntyre, the Scottsdale man who made it to the top eight of "American Idol" last season, is fresh off the show's summer concert tour, and he's preparing to give a special concert Saturday at Mesa Arts Center.

"I haven't been home since February. It's a very strange feeling to come home and sleep in my own bed. Toward the end of the tour, sleeping on the bus and in hotel rooms, I would often wake up thinking I was someplace I wasn't. It's like coming off of autopilot," says the 24-year-old.

At the concert, MacIntyre will perform his own new, original music with the backing of local classical music company Symphony of the Southwest. The show is a benefit for the East Valley chamber group.

A singer and songwriter who plays piano and guitar, MacIntyre is remembered as the most inspirational contestant on "American Idol" for making it to the top eight despite a visual impairment. He was born with Leber's congenital amaurosis, a condition that's impaired his vision since birth.

But blindness, he says, is only part of his story.

"On ('American Idol') I only got to share half my story at the most and in a surface-level way at that. Most people don't know that I dealt with kidney failure for two years and was on emergency dialysis and didn't have the strength to sit at the piano and sing. I had a kidney transplant in August 2007."

That transplant is the reason for Saturday's concert. MacIntyre's donor, Patricia Cosand, is a musician with Symphony of the Southwest, and she will play the cello during a performance of his song "Autumn Leaves." Cosand is the wife of MacIntyre's former piano instructor at Arizona State University, where he got his bachelor's degree.

"I was asked to do a lot of benefit concerts this year, but this is one I really wanted to do because of that special connection I have with her," says MacIntyre.

It will be his last performance of the year, after a summer spent touring 50 cities with other "American Idol" season eight finalists Adam Lambert, Allison Iraheta, Danny Gokey, Anoop Desai, Lil Rounds, Matt Giraud, Megan Joy and Michael Sarver and winner Kris Allen.

MacIntyre is moving on to other projects, including a new album slated for a pre-Christmas release and a deal with a New York publishing house to ink an autobiography. He's also met with music producer David Foster about putting his songwriting skills to use.

"('American Idol') is the most prestigious karaoke bar on earth, and it's been such a blessing," he says. "It's humbling to know that so many people around the world have taken an interest in my passion for music."

MacIntyre will perform throughout the evening, interspersed with offerings by the symphony such as a tribute to Henry Mancini, Elton John's "Can You Feel the Love Tonight," and medleys from "The Sound of Music" and "The Music Man."

MacIntyre will sign autographs and take pictures with fans after the show, and a special sale of autographed merchandise from last season's top 10 "American Idol" contestants will benefit Symphony of the Southwest.

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