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?
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!).