‘American Idol’ Top 10 Add 20 More Shows To Summer Plans

The 59-date Idols Live tour kicks off July 5 in New Hampshire, runs through September 24 stop in Pennsylvania.

With newly crowned champ Taylor Hicks still basking in the glow of his win Wednesday night, the “American Idol” TV juggernaut isn’t the only 800-pound gorilla in the franchise. The American Idols Live Tour has added 16 fresh stops and tacked on second shows in four markets to make it one of the summer’s biggest outings.

The now 59-date tour will kick off with a pair of shows in Manchester, New Hampshire, on July 5 and 6, then hit Worcester, Massachusetts, for a two-fer on July 7 and 8, before doubling up a week later in East Rutherford, New Jersey (July 13, 14) and Uniondale, New York (July 15, 16).

The additional September dates will keep the 10 finalists — Paris Bennett, Bucky Covington, Chris Daughtry, Taylor Hicks, Mandisa, Katharine McPhee, Kellie Pickler, Lisa Tucker, Elliott Yamin and Ace Young — on the road through a September 24 date in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, at the Wachovia Center, according to a press release on the official “Idol” Web site. Tickets for the new dates will go on sale Saturday.

American Idols Live Tour dates, according to the show’s official Web site:

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  • 7/5 – Manchester, NH @ Verizon Wireless Arena
  • 7/6 – Manchester, NH @ Verizon Wireless Arena
  • 7/7 – Worcester, MA @ DCU Center
  • 7/8 – Worcester, MA @ DCU Center
  • 7/9 – Hartford, CT @ Hartford Civic Center
  • 7/11 – Albany, NY @ Pepsi Arena
  • 7/12 – Hershey, PA @ Giant Center
  • 7/13 – East Rutherford, NJ @ Continental Airlines Arena
  • 7/14 – East Rutherford, NJ @ Continental Airlines Arena
  • 7/15 – Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum
  • 7/16 – Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum
  • 7/18 – Wilkes-Barre, PA @ Wachovia Arena
  • 7/19 – Cleveland, OH @ Wolstein Center
  • 7/21 – Rochester, NY @ Blue Cross Arena
  • 7/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wachovia Center
  • 7/23 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Boardwalk Hall
  • 7/25 – Bridgeport, CT @ Arena at Harbor Yard
  • 7/27 – Pittsburgh, PA@ Mellon Arena
  • 7/28 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
  • 7/29 – Richmond, VA @ Richmond Coliseum
  • 7/30 – Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum
  • 8/1 – Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Bobcats Arena
  • 8/2 – Columbia, SC @ Colonial Center
  • 8/3 – Duluth, GA @ Arena at Gwinnett Center
  • 8/5 – Sunrise, FL @ BankAtlantic Center
  • 8/6 – Tampa, FL @ St. Pete Times Forum
  • 8/8 – Birmingham, AL @ Birmingham Jefferson Arena
  • 8/10 – Nashville, TN @ Gaylord Entertainment Center
  • 8/11 – Columbus, OH @ Value City Arena
  • 8/12 – Milwaukee, WI @ Bradley Center
  • 8/13 – St. Louis, MO @ Savvis Center
  • 8/15 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
  • 8/16 – Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena
  • 8/17 – Indianapolis, IN @ Indiana State Fairgrounds
  • 8/18 – Louisville, KY @ Freedom Hall
  • 8/19 – Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena
  • 8/20 – Peoria, IL @ Civic Center Arena
  • 8/22 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
  • 8/26 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
  • 8/27 – Anaheim, CA @ Arrowhead Pond
  • 8/29 – Sacramento, CA @ ARCO Arena
  • 8/30 – San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion
  • 9/1 – Portland, OR @ Rose Garden Arena
  • 9/2 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
  • 9/5 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
  • 9/7 – Grand Prairie, TX @ Nokia Theatre at Grand Prairie
  • 9/8 – Grand Prairie, TX @ Nokia Theatre at Grand Prairie
  • 9/9 – Houston, TX @ Reliant Arena
  • 9/10 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
  • 9/12 – Duluth, GA @ The Arena at Gwinnett Center
  • 9/14 – Huntington, WV @ Big Sandy Superstore Arena
  • 9/15 – Norfolk, VA @ Constant Convocation Center
  • 9/16 – Reading, PA @ Sovereign Center
  • 9/17 – Syracuse, NY @ War Memorial at OnCenter
  • 9/19 – Hershey, PA @ GIANT Center
  • 9/21 – Portland, ME @ Cumberland County Civic
  • 9/22 – Providence, RI @ Dunkin Donuts Center
  • 9/23 – Bridgeport, CT @ Arena at Harbor Yard
  • 9/24 – Wilkes-Barre, PA @ Wachovia Center

To read about all the backstage action on previous Idols Live tours, check out “On The Road Again With ‘Idol’ “ and “On The Road With America’s Idols.”

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