‘American Idol’ tour is live, but not kicking

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It’s not news that ‘American Idol’ fans lost considerable interest in the show this year -- the audience for the finale was down 30% from last season. But is that to blame for the cancellation of eight tour shows?

Concert promoter Live Nation isn’t saying why it canceled shows in Buffalo, N.Y.; Cleveland; Kansas City; Omaha; Portland, Maine; Portland, Ore.; Toronto; and Winnipeg, Canada. The tour will now end Aug. 31 instead of Sept. 16.

In fact, in what we believe is a publicity first, publicist Liz Morentin sent The Times a ‘no comment’ before we ever asked her a question. And then when we pointed that out to her, she asked for a question and then ignored us. Thanks for the professionalism, Live Nation.

It could be the TV show’s rating slump. It could be the economy. Who knows. Anyway, the tour features the top 10 finalists of Season 9, including winner Lee DeWyze.


You can find the new schedule here.

-- Maria Elena Fernandez