49-city American Idol 7 tour will feature “10 mini-concerts”

The top 10 American Idol 7 finalists will tour this summer, visiting 49 cities (fewer than the 56 cities it visited last year), and the tour will change its focus to allow them to sing as individuals.

“As opposed to hearing duets and trios sing, this year it’ll be more about the individuals. We’ll give them the space and freedom to do their own set. Think of it as coming to see 10 mini-concerts,” 19 Recordings Iain Pirie told USA TODAY. Tour producers will “create a distinct mood for each singer” on the stage, he said. But that mood will be similar to the TV show, because they’ll be forced to stick to songs they’ve already performed. “We really want the experience to echo the television show, so expect to hear a lot of the songs that did well during the season,” he said.

The tour starts July 1 and ends Sept. 13. Last year’s tour suffered from low attendance and made just $20.9 million, never mind its child labor law violation fines. This year’s cities were chosen based upon “how big the fan base was for the show,” Pirie said.

Idols take show on road this summer [USA TODAY]
American Idols Live 2008 [Fox]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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