Just couldn’t get enough of A.J., EJay, RJ and, um, Jim? Don’t worry, your favorite “American Idol” finalists are coming to a town near you.
The 10 finalists from the runaway hit reality talent show are hitting the road for a six-week U.S. arena tour that kicks off October 8 in San Diego.
Along with final contenders Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini (who presented Avril Lavigne the Best New Artist award at Thursday’s MTV Video Music Awards), the tour will feature the recently booted Nikki McKibbin and Tamyra Gray (see “Ousted ‘American Idol’ Tamyra Gray Gets Another Shot” ) as well as RJ Helton, Christina Christian, Ryan Starr, A.J. Gil, EJay Day and Jim Verraros reprising their song selections from the show.
The winner of the contest will be announced during a two-hour telecast on Wednesday; that singer’s first single is slated to hit stores September 17, according to a show spokesperson. The winner’s album is scheduled to arrive November 26, preceded on October 1 by a compilation album featuring the 10 finalists.
During Tuesday’s final round of performances, Clarkson and Guarini will both sing the same two original songs from the soon-to-be-released “Idol” single. Wednesday’s finale will feature the 10 finalists performing medleys together, followed by the winner performing the single.
The top 30 contestants will be brought together one more time on September 23 for a two-hour television special tentatively titled “American Idol in Las Vegas,” which will feature performances from all the singers as well as the winner once again performing the single.
“American Idol” tour dates:
- 10/8 – San Diego, CA @ Cox Arena
- 10/9 – Phoenix, AZ @ America West Arena
- 10/12 – San Antonio, TX @ Freeman Coliseum
- 10/13 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
- 10/14 – Houston, TX @ Compaq Center
- 10/16 – Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
- 10/17 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theater
- 10/18 – Cincinnati, OH @ U.S. Bank Arena
- 10/19 – Nashville, TN @ Gaylord Entertainment Center
- 10/21 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
- 10/23 – Tampa, FL @ Ice Palace
- 10/24 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ National Car Rental Center
- 10/27 – Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum
- 10/28 – Worcester, MA @ Worcester’s Centrum Centre
- 10/29 – Albany, NY @ Pepsi Arena
- 11/1 – Wilkes-Barre, PA @ First Union Arena
- 11/2 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Mark Etsess Arena
- 11/3 – Washington, DC @ MCI Center
- 11/5 – St. Louis, MO @ Savvis Center
- 11/7 – Indianapolis, IN @ Conseco Fieldhouse
- 11/8 – Cleveland, OH @ CSCU Convocation Center
- 11/10 – Saint Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
- 11/12 – Denver, CO @ Magness Arena at the University of Denver
- 11/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Theatre at the Arrowhead Pond
- 11/16 – Sacramento, CA @ ARCO Arena
- 11/17 – San Jose, CA @ Compaq Center
- 11/19 – Portland, OR @ Rose Garden
- 11/20 – Seattle, WA @ KeyArena