FOX announces Idol Across America, a promotion that will feature the American Idol microphone–or “mic” as we shall refer to it henceforth–making it’s way from New York City to Los Angeles, beginning March 1. The “mic” will travel via a relay of volunteers, local officials, Idol alums and more. “Mic” will arrive in LA in time for the Top 10 show on March 13. Because there is NO SINGING WITHOUT MIC. Along the way, “mic” will make stops in 13 cities in order for ya’all to admire it! Check out the schedule below.
This is a great idea. It would have been even better if “Idol Gives Back” had been involved somehow to raise funds for charity. What do you think? Should I join a relay team? Will you? At the very least, I’ll be stopping by the exhibit in Boston on March 2 to pay homage to “mic” while snapping a few photos.
Read the press release:
“IDOL ACROSS AMERICA” KICKS OFF FRIDAY, MARCH 1, IN NEW YORK
Cross-Country AMERICAN IDOL Microphone Relay Event Sponsored by Ford, Coca-Cola and AT&T Traveling to 13 Cities Nationwide
Register to Become Part of the IDOL Relay Team at americanidol.com
Track the Route Online at americanidol.com
AMERICAN IDOL will kick off IDOL ACROSS AMERICA, a cross-country relay of the IDOL microphone, traveling from New York City to the IDOL stage in Los Angeles. Sponsored by Ford, Coca-Cola and AT&T, the “mic” will start its journey in New York City on Friday, March 1, when host Ryan Seacrest will launch the two-week, 5,000-mile trek to the IDOL stage. The “mic” will arrive just in time for the Top 10 live performance show on Wednesday, March 13 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.
Local “Idols” – fans, inspirational heroes, local officials and former IDOLs – will walk, run, bike, row, drive, skateboard, line-dance, roller-skate, skip, scooter and fly the “mic,” among other means of travel, from state to state with their friends and family cheering them along the way. One lucky relay team member will win tickets to the IDOL finale.
From New York, the epic journey continues on to Boston, MA (March 2); Philadelphia, PA (March 3); Washington, D.C. (March 4); Atlanta, GA (March 5); Nashville, TN (March 6); Detroit, MI (March 7); Chicago, IL (March 8); Oklahoma City, OK (March 9); Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX (March 10); Phoenix, AZ (March 11); Las Vegas, NV (March 12); and Los Angeles, CA (March 13). The relay will take the IDOL “mic” to iconic American landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty, Fenway Park, the Liberty Bell, the Washington Monument, the Grand Ole Opry, the Grand Canyon, the Las Vegas Strip and finally, the AMERICAN IDOL stage.
The nationwide tour, produced by Civic Entertainment Group, will allow fans to celebrate the cultural phenomenon that is AMERICAN IDOL.
Beginning, Tuesday, Feb. 19, fans interested in joining the IDOL Relay Team should visit americanidol.com. Also on the IDOL site, fans can follow the “mic” and the Relay Team in real time via an interactive map as they make their way across the country. Throughout the trek, exclusive videos, photos and updates will be available on americanidol.com, as well as on Facebook (facebook.com/AmericanIdol), Instagram (instagram.com/americanidol) and Twitter (@AmericanIdol). Join the conversation using #IDOLusa.
IDOL ACROSS AMERICA will pass through the following cities on its trek to the IDOL stage in Los Angeles. Check out americanidol.com for additional details and locations.
New York, NY Friday, March 1
Boston, MA Saturday, March 2
Philadelphia, PA Sunday, March 3
Washington D.C. Monday, March 4
Atlanta, GA Tuesday, March 5
Nashville, TN Wednesday, March 6
Detroit, MI Thursday, March 7
Chicago, IL Friday, March 8
Oklahoma City, OK Saturday, March 9
Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX Sunday, March 10
Phoenix, AZ Monday, March 11
Las Vegas, NV Tuesday, March 12
Los Angeles, CA Wednesday, March 13
Tune in to AMERICAN IDOL tonight Thursday, Feb. 14 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), when, at the end of the final “Hollywood Round,” only the Top 40 contestants – 20 males and 20 females – will remain.