American Idol cancels, changes some tour dates

The summer tour featuring the top 10 American Idol 9 contestants started last week, but already dates have been cancelled while others are being changed.

As of today, the Sept. 9 Toronto concert and Sept. 11 Cleveland concert have been cancelled, and the Connecticut date has been moved, while reports suggest Buffalo and Portland shows als won’t happen. The Live Nation tour site shows some of these changes, but not all; clicking through for tickets to the Cleveland show, for example, reveals it’s been cancelled. USA TODAY reports that this is “shaping up to be a rough summer for many tours,” and let’s not forget that this was a rough season for American Idol; who really wants to pay money to see what we could barely stand watching on TV for free?

Anyway, the paper notes that “the Quickens Loan Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, confirmed that the show scheduled there for Sept. 11 was canceled,” while “the concert originally scheduled for Sept. 13 at the Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Conn., has been moved up to July 9. And Lee DeWyze tweeted Saturday that his hometown show, at Chicago’s United Center, has been moved up from Aug. 30 to Aug. 28.”

And MJ reports that a fan “talked to Aaron Kelly’s mom before the show who said that the Toronto and Buffalo shows were canceled for sure” and “that Portland ME was also canceled.”

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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