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‘American Idol’ Finalists Will Tour This Summer

"Boy Band" winners In Real Life will be the opening act on select dates.

After two years off, the “American Idol” live tour is back for a summer of concert dates, Variety has learned. The trek will be revealed on the program this Sunday as the final seven contestants take the stage for a Prince-themed night.

The tour will be the first under Disney’s watch and will feature a label act as openers: “Boy Band” winners In Real Life on select dates. In addition, “Idol” season 8 winner Kris Allen will be hosting the show.

The previous “Idol” graduating class to tour was 2015’s season 14, which featured winner Nick Fradiani. Although finalists had been performing on a tour since the show launched on Fox in 2002, the last trek saw production cutbacks (like the disappearance of a live band) and date cancellations as the series began losing steam.

Guiding the 2018 edition will be Jared Paul, a veteran manager whose clients include New Kids on the Block, Sabrina Carpenter and Lea Michele and whose company Faculty has produced several touring productions of television properties, including “Glee,” “Dancing with the Stars” and “America’s Got Talent.”

The April 30 episode of “American Idol” on ABC was the show’s highest-rated and most-watched in weeks, according to the Nielsen overnight ratings. The episode, the first time the show has aired live coast-to-coast, drew a 1.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 8 million viewers. That is up nearly 20% in the demo compared to last week and the show’s best numbers since the premiere back in March.

UPDATE: The “American Idol: Live!” tour was announced on May 6. The trek kicks off on July 11 and wraps Sept. 16 and features the final seven finalists: Cade Foehner, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Catie Turner, Gabby Barrett, Jurnee, Maddie Poppe and Michael J. Woodard.

See the full routing below (In Real Life dates are marked with an asterisk) and check out the tour’s website for additional information.

July 11
Redding, CA
Redding Civic Auditorium*

July 12
Central Point, OR
Jackson Co. Fair (At Expo Amph)

July 13
Napa, CA
Uptown Theater*

July 16
Denver, CO
Paramount Theater*

July 19
Dallas, TX
Verizon Theater At Grand Prairie*

July 20
San Antonio, TX
The Tobin Center For Performing Arts*

July 21
McAllen, TX
McAllen Performing Arts Center*

July 23
Tuscon, AZ
Fox Tuscon*

July 24
Mesa, AZ
Ikeda Theater*

July 26
San Diego, CA
Copley Hall*

July 27
Saratoga, CA
Mountain Winery*

July 29
Las Vegas, NV
Orleans Arena*

July 30
Modesto, CA
Gallo Center For The Arts*

July 31
Livermore, CA
Wente Vineywards*

Aug 1
San Luis Obispo, CA
Fremont Theater*

Aug 3
Thousand Oaks, CA
Bank Of America Performing Arts Center*

Aug 4
Los Angeles, CA
Orpheum Theatre*

Aug 5
Riverside, CA
Fox Performing Arts Center*

Aug 8
Tulsa, OK
Club Brady*

Aug 9
Kansas City, MO
Uptown Theater*

Aug 10
St. Louis, MO
Fox Theater*

Aug 12
Baltimore, MD
The Lyric

Aug 13
Albany, NY
The Palace Theater

Aug 14
Upper Darby, PA
Tower Theater

Aug 16
Westbury, NY
The Space At Westbury

Aug 17
Morriston, NJ
Mayo Performing Arts Center

Aug 18
Englewood, NJ
Bergen Performing Arts Center

Aug 19
Lynn, MA
Lynn Auditorium

Aug 21
Cincinnati, OH
Taft Theatre

Aug 22
Indianapolis, IN
Murat Theatre @ Old National Centre

Aug 23
Omaha, NE
Orpheum Theatre

Aug 24
Sioux Falls, SD
Washington Pavillion

Aug 27
Salem, OR (Portland)
Oregon State Fair

Aug 28
Monroe, WA (Seattle)
Evergreen State Fair

Aug 30
Billings, MT
Alberta Bair Theater

Aug 31
Kamas, UT (Salt Lake City)
DeJoria Center

Sep 2
Deadwood, SD
Deadwood Mountain Grand Casino

Sep 5
Minneapolis, MN
State Theatre

Sep 6
Milwaukee, WI
Riverside Theater

Sep 7
Rosemont, IL (Chicago)
Rosemont Theatre

Sep 9
Nashville, TN
Ryman Auditorium

Sep 10
Huber Heights, OH
Rose Music Center

Sep 12
York, PA
York Fair

Sep 13
Munhall, PA (Pittsburgh)
Carnegie Of Homestead Music Hall

Sep 14
Red Bank, NJ
Count Basie

Sep 15
New Bedford, MA
Zeiterion Performing Arts Center

Sep 16
Washington, DC
Warner Theater

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