How many contestants go out on the American Idols Live Tour?
Obviously, no one has a crystal ball outside of the show’s producers, but we can use history as a fairly reliable guide when guessing how many contestants will make the tour cut. Normally, the top ten finalists join the American Idol nationwide tour. Occasionally, the show’s producers will reserve an extra spot as was the case of Aubrey Cleland who was the sing-off winner in 2013. This was a pretty rare occurance so don’t count on that eleventh Idol getting that second golden ticket too often.
How long is an American Idol Concert?
In looking back at tours from the last five years, you can expect an American Idols Live concert to run around 2 and a half hours. Plugged into that window is a thirty minute intermission so the meat of the concert clocks in right at two hours.
Can you meet the Idols on Tour and get autographs?
In fact you can. In years past, you could get autographs and meet the contestants as their buses came into the venue before the show in the afternoon and as they loaded up to leave after the show. For the best chance at meeting your favorite contestant, come at least three hours in advance of the show and truly the earlier the better as there will be a line of rabid fans dying to see their heart throb. For those looking to stick around after the concert, plan on waiting around two hours for the performers to appear. Usually, the crowds before the show tend to be thinner than the ones after it. Patience and showing up early (or staying late) seem to be the key in rubbing elbows with these budding stars. Good luck!
“Most of the finalists were indeed good and this summer’s tour provided an outlet for these talented performers to continue to shine on their musical journey in hopes of making the big time.” – Keith O’Connor of Mass Live
“If you want to know what the audience for Fox’s American Idol looks like, just show up at the annual American Idols Live tour that hits town every summer. Last night at the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles, it was – everybody. Parents with young children. Senior citizen couples without kids. Teenagers. And every ethnicity in the city. And by their overwhelmingly positive response to the talent on stage, none of them were disappointed.” - Fred Bronson of The Hollywood Reporter
“Devin Velez, one of the finalists performing during the “American Idols Live!” show at the Schottenstein Center last night opened his two-song set by thanking the audience for helping the crew end the tour “with a bang.” But, to paraphrase T.S. Eliot, this is the way the “Idols” tour ends: not with a bang but a whimper.” - Andy Downing of The Columbus Dispatch