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]

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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