FOX via The Hollywood Reporter
American Idol is currently in its final season, but in addition to ending the show, Idol is also canceling its annual summer tour, Billboard reports.
The American Idol live summer tour has been a huge part of the Idol world since the show kicked off in 2002. During the show’s peak popularity, fans poured into the venues that hosted the live concerts, which featured each season’s top finalists.
As the show started to decrease in popularity, the tour also suffered, as audiences grew smaller and smaller each year. Now that the show is coming to an end, fans knew there wouldn’t be any more Idol tours after this season. But no one expected that the show would cancel Season 15’s summer tour before they even named a new Idol.
One of this season’s top finalists, Tristan McIntosh, was the first to hint toward the summer tour being canceled, when she told a fan on Twitter that she would not be taking part in the Idol tour in 2016. Eventually, CORE media, which serves as the parent company to the company in charge of each Idol’s career, came out with a statement about the canceled summer tour:
“The American Idol Live Tour has historically been an integral part of celebrating the seasons’ contestants and also garnering excitement for summer auditions for the upcoming season. This year’s Idol finale celebrates the past 15 seasons, the amazingly talented participants, and the millions of fans who’ve helped make American Idol the legendary program and brand it is today. It will be so memorable and meaningful and we’ve chosen to end it on that note.”
American Idol is set to wrap up its final season next week in a three-night special from April 5-7. Some of country music’s favorite Idols, including Carrie Underwood, Scotty McCreery, and Kellie Pickler, are set to perform during the finale. Tune in below to watch one of our favorite Idol moments, when Underwood returned in 2011 to perform “Before He Cheats” with Lauren Alaina.
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