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Whether it was Simon Cowell's farewell, the big-name guest performers or the voice of Hollywood-favorite Crystal Bowersox, this past season of American Idol attracted its usual throngs of viewers. But while the fans were happy to tune into the show, they're not so willing to cough up the cash to see their favorite contestants live.
The Idol Live! summer tour, led by winner Lee DeWyze and runner-up Bowersox and featuring the other top eight contestants, is not exactly selling out arenas. To date, seven shows have been canceled, and nine shows have been rescheduled. A new tour schedule released on Tuesday shows the singing hopefuls wrapping their run almost three weeks earlier than planned.
So, what's the problem? Well, execs aren't talking.
"At this time, other than confirming that some shows on the IDOL LIVE! 2010 tour itinerary have been moved and/or canceled, we are not issuing any comment or statement," is all an Idol rep would say.
A source close to the production of the tour did chime in, saying that its meek showing isn't a surprise.
"No one was very optimistic about the success of the Idols tour this summer," said the insider. "They knew they didn’t have big stars on their hands, and really, American Idol's focus isn’t about creating a successful tour, it’s about creating a successful show, week to week. But unfortunately, the tour (not doing well) reflects badly on the show, especially since there’s the ‘who will replace Simon’ situation to contend with this year."
But a new round Idol hopefuls are getting ready to show their stuff to the judges (whoever they may be), as auditions for the show's tenth season begin in Nashville on July 10.
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