American Idol Live has been a staple of almost every season of the popular American Idol television show. Since the first season aired in 2002, the top 5 to 10 performers of the competition are taken on tour to perform across the United States and Canada. Hitting well over 30 cities during the tour, it's a fantastic opportunity for fans of the show or general music lovers to see some of the best up-and-coming talent the industry has to offer at the same time.
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American Idol Live has been a staple of American Idol since the show's debut, barring the 15th season, which lacked a tour. It serves as a way to recognize the efforts of those who made it all the way to the finals of the competition and give fans a great time after sticking with them for so long. Since the very beginning, shows have generally followed a pattern of having performers sing in the order they were eliminated from the show, followed by a second half featuring group songs with a number of solos sprinkled in. With performances all across North America and occasionally outside the country to sold-out crowds, the show offers a unique opportunity to see many Idol contestants in a way you might not get to again.
Where can I buy American Idol Live tickets?
StubHub is the place to buy tickets to the American Idol Live tour. There, you can purchase your tickets for as many days of the festival as you'll be attending, see showtimes for different performers and get the scoop on anything else you might need to know before you enjoy the music.
Who has performed at American Idol Live in the past?
The headlining acts of the American Idol Live tour are always the 10 or so top contestants from that season's contest. This obviously includes the winner of that particular season, including Caleb Johnson, Nick Fradiani and Maddie Poppe. It is also common for other bands or performers, like Forever in Your Mind and In Real Life, to join the setlist for certain shows. Both the season 10 and 12 tours were also notable for adding an 11th contestant to the roster, those being semi-finalists Thia Megia and Aubrey Cleland, respectively.
Where has the American Idol Live tour taken place?
The tour takes place over numerous states and provinces across North America. Given that the number of shows and destinations are subject to change, the specific locations and venues for each year's tour are subject to vary as well. Some of the more common locations include San Francisco, San Diego, Honolulu, Denver, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Kansas City, Windsor, Toronto and Washington, DC.
Do past American Idol winners perform at American Idol Live?
Yes, past winners of the American Idol contest sometimes appear as performers at the Live tour. As an example, Kris Allen, the winner of season 8 of the show, appeared on the 2018 tour.
What is the setlist like at an American Idol Live concert?
American Idol Live tends to feature a setlist comprised of various popular songs from the last few years covered by the various performers. If a particular contestant is known for a song they've sung, this may make its way onto the list. This also includes any songs a winner may have written themselves, such as season 12's winner Candice Glover and her performance of her debut single, "I Am Beautiful."
How long does the American Idol Live tour last?
The length of the American Idol Live tour varies based on the number of shows performed in that year. For most, the tour will run from around one to three months in late summer to early fall. However, the longest tour in the history of the series (season 3 in 2004) lasted nearly four months.Back to Top