Idol 8 finalists will tour 50 cities this summer

American Idol 8‘s summer tour dates were announced today, and the 10 finalists will visit 50 cities over two and a half months. That’s one more city than last year but still fewer than season six’s 56 cities.

The tour starts July 5 in Oregon and ends Sept. 15 in New Hampshire, and tickets go on sale for all dates May 9. There are two stops in Canada: Vancouver on July 8 and Hamilton, Ontario, on Aug. 14.

Those touring are Kris Allen, Anoop Desai, Matt Giraud, Danny Gokey, Allison Iraheta, Megan Joy, Adam Lambert, Scott MacIntyre, Lil Rounds, and Michael Sarver. The other three finalists, Alexis Grace, Jasmine Murray, and Jorge Nunez, will have to do their karaoke in bars.

American Idol 2009 Summer Tour! [American Idol]

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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