In this interview with the Associated Press, another tour spoiler is revealed:
In a small, unadorned studio far removed from cameras, spotlights and songs ending with an instant review, the top 10 “American Idol” finalists are getting ready for a nationwide tour.
They’re working on the intricacies of a group performance of “Don’t Stop Believin’, ” with Matt Giraud and Scott MacIntyre singing and playing at dual pianos and the other eight, slouching comfortably on leather couches, adding their voices from the sidelines.
With so much behind them, and so much ahead, they manage to come across as friends who’ve gotten together for nothing more than a casual jam session.
Don’t Stop Believing! Duel Pianos! How creative! Not. But what the summer tour lacks in originality, it makes up for in BIG CHEESY FUN. And I love me some big cheesy fun. I. cannot. wait!
Kris Allen, the mellow Conway, Ark., contestant who came out on top, said he expects the tour that begins July 5 in Oregon to be a welcome contrast to the weekly show experience.
“The energy is going to be better on tour, ” Allen said, and it will be easier to loosen up and feed off the crowd’s energy. And, he added, “no one’s judging you.”
It’s not unusual for Idols who underwhelmed on the Idol stage to shine on tour. Matt Giraud and Anoop Desai? I’m looking at YOU.
Bonus tidbit: add Greg Wells and Ryan Tedder to that list of Adam Lambert collaborators:
How will Lambert, for one, manage to record and tour?
“You tell me, ” he responds, with an easy grin. “We’re doing a lot of great preliminary work on the album right now. … It’s just double-duty, you know, multitasking.”
He’s co-writing material for the CD and is enthusiastic about working with RedOne, who’s produced hits for Lady Gaga and Sean Kingston, as well as Greg Wells (his artist list includes Katy Perry, who played favorites on “Idol” by wearing a cape emblazoned with Lambert’s name) and Ryan Tedder.