Rumors swirled after Daniel Seavey’s dad posted a rumor on twitter that only the Top 5 American Idols would be touring this summer. Billboard has confirmed that this summer’s tour will only include the Top 5. Tickets go on sale, April 17.
On March 21, Jeff Seavey tweeted, “Lots of confusion about that. Normally it’s a Top 10, but rumor on set is that it will only be Top 5 on tour. We’ll see…”
A source tells Billboard that discussions are underway for finalists 6 through 10 to be allowed to open the concert in their hometowns if the routing matches up.
So far cities confirmed include Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle and Nashville.
The Top 5 will be revealed on April 22. Host Ryan Seacrest will mention the tour for the first time tonight.
This is the first Idol tour that includes fewer than 10 finalists (not including tours that had dropouts). Ticket sales have been sluggish in the past few years. Last summer, the tour played much smaller venues than usual, and there was NO live band. The Idols sang to backing tracks.
So. At least there’s a tour? Hopefully they’ll bring back a small live band. I wouldn’t be surprised if the venues are downgraded further to clubs like the Hard Rock Cafe. We’ll see.