American Idol 9 Tour: It’s Not Going Well

For those who don’t follow American Idol after the season… you know, I hope, that the Top Ten finalists go out on tour at the end of each season.  In most seasons, it’s cut-and-dried.

This season… whether it’s the economy, or a less-than-inspiring tour lineup (let’s face it, there’s no Adam Lambert this year), the tour is having major sales problems.

After less than a week on tour, the schedule has been really heavily shuffled.

Seven dates have been cancelled, mostly after Labor Day.   Either other shows have been rescheduled.  Most of those were moved by a day or two, but you have to feel for Idol fans in Connecticut.  The show at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport was moved from September 13 to July 9, with the announcement made over the weekend.  With such short notice, I wonder many of those “September 13” tickets will never be used. 

The Idols also lose out on helping to open the new Consol Energy Arena in Pittsburgh, as that show has been moved to mid-July.  They’ll play Pittsburgh’s summer-tour outdoor stage.

So the question is… will Idol learn from this for the season 10 tour, or will I be writing a similar post next summer? Smile

One suggestion: package the season 10 Top Ten with a bigger-name Idol or two.  That way you can sell tickets based on the headliners but give the Top Ten some exposure as well.

It’ll be interesting to see if this has any impact on season 10 auditions… which start in a couple of weeks (yes, already!).


Author: Rob Hoffmann

Occasional blogger, slightly less occasional improv player/ref/tech, full-time computer techie, radio producer (basketball, mostly), generally nice person (if you ask me).

2 thoughts on “American Idol 9 Tour: It’s Not Going Well”

  1. If you have to write a similar post next summer there won’t need to be one in 2012. Idol was terrible this year… I mean When Kelly met Justin terrible!

  2. Hey, saw this closer to when you posted it but now have a moment to write a reply.

    The tour has always been pretty bare bones, from what I have heard a few friends who attended in years past tell me, in other words, very little production value apart from a small band, a singer and a mic. I blame the lineup for the troubles. The economy was bad last year. Maybe not THIS bad, but not great.

    Also, what former AIer would agree to go on tour to boost ticket sales? Carrie, Kelly Clarkson, Kellie Pickler, even Adam Lambert…they’re all ‘too big’ to worry about AI now. Would David Archuletta help? David Cook? Doubtful. Taylor Hicks probably would agree to go on tour, but I doubt anyone would care.

    I think the days of AI are over. I don’t see them surviving the departure of Simon Cowell, so I don’t think there will be a tour next year.

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