American Idol 5 tour made $35.2 million

The American Idol 5 tour, which visited 55 cities in just under three months, earned $35.2 million, USA TODAY reports, citing numbers from Billboard Boxscore. The most anyone paid for a single ticket was $72.50, and still, that means it may “be among the top 10 [concert tours] of the year, even without the high ticket prices that Madonna and other top individual acts command,” according to USA TODAY.

A total of 645,782 screaming fans–or part screaming fans, part exasperated parents–attended the concerts. While slightly less than one-third of the shows (19) sold out completely, 96 percent of the seats were sold overall. USA TODAY’s Idol Chatter also highlights the cities that did the best and worst during the tour:

> Top-grossing show: New York (East Rutherford, N.J.), about $890,000 each for two shows, July 13 and 14
> Top attendance: Greensboro, N.C., 15,337, July 30
> Lowest percentage of seats sold: Austin, 80%, Sept. 10

Idol tour: The final scorecard [USA TODAY]

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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