Congratulations to American Idol's Season 8 winner Kris Allen! American Idol has been one of the most popular shows in the country for almost a decade, and Season 8 has proven that it hasn’t lost any of its appeal. A lot of what makes American Idol so popular is the way it touches a nerve in all of us – almost everyone loves to sing and almost everyone wants to be famous. The 2009 American Idols Live! Tour will feature the top 10 finalists from Season 8: Adam Lambert, Allison Iraheta, Anoop Desai, Danny Gokey, Kris Allen, Lil Rounds, Matt Giraud, Megan Joy, Michael Sarver, and Scott MacIntyre. The 2009 American Idols Live! Tour is sure to be one of the hottest tours of the summer, and tickets to see these fan favorites never last long. If you want to be one of the lucky few to see the top 10 finalists performing live and in person, get your 2009 American Idols Live! tickets today!
Want to know a little more about this tour’s performers? Here are the crib notes: Adam Lambert – Despite being criticized by judges Kara DioGuardi and Simon Cowell for being theatrical during his audition, Adam Lambert has gone on to be one of the favorites on American Idol. His trademark black eyeliner and painted nails seem to add to his appeal rather than detract from it, and his outstanding performances of such varied songs as Cher’s “Believe”, Michael Jackson’s “Black or White”, Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” and Tears for Fears’ “Mad World” have proven his talent and versatility.
Allison Iraheta – Allison isn’t new to the stage. In 2006, she competed and won on the Telemundo reality show, Quinceañera, scoring $50,000 and a recording contract. Her performance on American Idol has been just as stellar, with her heart-felt renditions of Heart’s “Alone”, The Temptations’ “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone” and Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” winning unparalleled praise from the judges, prompting DioGuardi to say that her voice "comes from God - you can't teach that - you sing like you've been singing for 400 years". Allison Iraheta has a very promising career ahead of her, and you can see this legend in the making with tickets to American Idols Live!
Anoop Desai – Anoop has the distinction of being the brainiest American Idol finalist, holding Bachelor’s degrees in both Political Science and American Studies, winning the 2008 Peter C. Baxter Memorial Prize in American Studies, and currently working towards a Masters degree in folklore. Amazingly, Desai has still had time to focus on his singing, notably joining the UNC Clef Hangers, an all male a capella group at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Desai was almost voted off American Idol, but he squeaked in as a surprise 13th contestant in the Finals, and he’s gone on to be a real darling of Idol fans.
Danny Gokey – Danny is technically already a professional in the music world, as the church music director for Faith Builders International Ministries in Milwaukee. Though he started singing in church, he’s said that he would prefer to record mainstream music. Gokey is one of several contestants this season with heartbreaking, though inspiring, back stories. Just four weeks before his audition for Idol, his wife Sophia passed away from complications from heart surgery. Perhaps because his wife had been so supportive of his plans to try out for American Idol, he didn’t let his grief stop him from auditioning, and he credits his success to her. Danny’s passionate performances of such hits as Michael Jackson’s "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)”, Rascal Flatts’ “What Hurts the Most” and Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me” have secured him a loyal fan base for years to come.
Kris Allen – Like Danny, Kris is also very active in the Christian community. He is a worship leader for Arkansas’ New Life Church at the Greater Little Rock and Conway campuses, as well as at the University of Central Arkansas with Chi Alpha Campus Ministries. This has allowed him to travel on missions all over the world, to such places as South Africa, Burma, Thailand and Mozambique. Kris plays the most instruments of any of the Idol finalists, playing guitar, piano, viola and ukulele. He has proven that he’s able to pull off a variety of musical styles, with his performances of Garth Brooks’ “Make You Feel My Love”, Marvin Gaye’s "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)” and Don Henley’s “All She Wants to Do Is Dance” winning rave reviews from the judges and the audience alike.
Lil Rounds – Lil’s powerful voice has earned her praise from the judges and legions of fans. Her rendition of Martha and the Vandellas’ “Heat Wave” during Motown week prompted Randy Jackson to crow that she has “mad crazy vocals”, and Paula Abdul said “You can sing the heavens above,” after her performance of Celine Dion’s “I Surrender”. Lil has that special combination of skill and passion that all great performers have, and she’s sure to be a force in the music world for quite some time.
Matt Giraud – This early Judges favorite (Randy Jackson named him among his “top 5” faves early on) isn’t just a vocalist, drummer and guitarist, he’s also a dueling piano player! The Michigan native has already released 2 albums, 2003’s Perspective and 2006’s Mind Body and Soul, but his stint on Idol is what has finally brought him a fan base. Giraud’s Idol career has been a rocky one: he was almost eliminated during the Semi-Final Group 2 rounds, but he was chosen as a Wild Card contender, and he was almost eliminated again during the Idol at the Movies week, but the Judges used their one and only save of the season to keep him around. If the famously dour Simon Cowell thinks he’s good enough to save, then he must be amazingly talented, and fans are looking forward to seeing him perform live during the American Idols Live! tour.
Megan Joy – Megan stood out early in the Idol competition, partly because of her beauty and partly because of her fairytale sleeve tattoo and somewhat offbeat dance moves, but this vocalist has a lot more to offer than just her looks. Her performance of Patsy Cline’s “Walkin’ After Midnight” had the judges raving, with DioGuardi telling her it was a “perfect song, perfect look” and Abdul saying she is a “consummate professional” and “fantastic”. Though she was voted off on the April 1st show, she’s still in the media, appearing on Live with Regis and Kelly, Today, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Access Hollywood, and she’s expected to draw tons of fans to the American Idols Live! tour.
Michael Sarver – Most people probably wouldn’t expect an oil rig worker from a tiny town in Louisiana to end up on American Idol, but Michael Sarver has done just that. Sarver is not only an oil rig worker, a singer, a pianist, a guitarist and a drummer, he’s also an incredibly prolific songwriter, penning over 890 songs for himself since he was 14! Though he was eliminated during Motown week, fans can still catch him in the American Idols Live! tour, where he’s sure to be a huge success.
Scott MacIntyre – The 8th finalist on American Idol has had a love of music since he was a toddler, learning to play the piano by ear at the tender age of 3, and at 14 he was admitted into Arizona State University's Barrett Honors College and Herberger College of the Arts. After graduating from ASU in 2005, he went on to Royal Holloway, University of London and the Royal College of Music through a Marshall Scholarship (a scholarship only given to 40 American students per year). MacIntyre has the distinction of being the first visually-impaired American Idol finalist to make it to Hollywood, and his success has been an inspiration to millions.
No matter who your favorite Idol is, you’ll be sure to see them in the American Idols Live! tour, and with tickets from Coast to Coast, you can be in the front row to cheer them on!
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