I have seen the American Idol Live Tour a few times before. From Season 4: Jessica Sierra, Nikko Smith, Nadia Turner, Anwar Robinson, Constantine Maroulis, Scott Savol, Anthony Fedorov, Vonzell Solomon, Bo Bice, and Carrie Underwood.
From Season 11: Erika Van Pelt, Heejun Han, DeAndre Brackensick, Colton Dixon, Elise Testone, Skylar Laine, Hollie Cavanagh, Joshua Ledet, Jessica Sanchez, and Phillip Phillips.
And have seen American Idol performers on their personal tours (Tamyra Gray, Kelly Clarkson, Vanessa Olivarez, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia Barrino, Bo Bice, Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler, Taylor Hicks, Adam Lambert, Jordin Sparks, Gina Glocksen, Kris Allen, Crystal Bowersox, Lee DeWze, and Phillip Phillps). So when I saw that American Idol was touring again. I knew I have to see it. But this time it was different. The American Idol in the past was a show bigger than life. You would have the top 10 performers, performing at larger concert halls. People would see them perform, but the people would not learn anything about who they were. Or the performers feelings about doing this tour now. How they felt. That what makes American Idol what it is. You watch the show and learn to love the people who you see week after week performing their hearts out to the judges. How they could make it past another week. During the two tours I have covered in the past. I always headed out to the tour bus after the show and saw how the people still wanted to see their favorite idol up closed and personal. They still wanted to know more about the Idol.
So this year American Idol chanced things. They cut the number of Idols down from the Top 10 to the Top 5. Which give each person more stage time. Also it give the crowd a chance to hear what each one was up to. Their feelings about American Idol and more about their lives. And by cutting down from the bigger stages to a smaller stage (i.e. from United Center- 27,000 to Chicago Theater- 3,600) it give the people a more personal American Idol.
This year the Top Five were Tyanna Jones (16) from Jacksonville, Florida; Rayvon Owen (23)from Richmond, Virginia; Jax (19) from East Brunswick, New Jersey; Clark Beckham (22) from White House, Tennessee; and Nick Fradiani (29) from Guilford, Connecticut. One of the biggest reason why American Idol is so big these performers are like family. You grow to know them as the show goes week to week. In some cases you may know the performer or know someone who knows the performer. Because they all have hometowns. And most go back to their hometown after the show.
This year American Idol Live came to Chicago on August 8, 2015 to the Chicago Theater. The show ran about 2 hours long and it was a great thing for the audience to see.
Continue to read more highlights from the American Idol Live! 2015 Tour.
Story and Photos by Dan Locke 2015.