This year's tour will feature this season’s talented Top 7 finalists: Cade Foehner, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Catie Turner, Gabby Barrett, Jurnee, Maddie Poppe and Michael J. Woodard as well as Season 8 American Idol winner Kris Allen as a special guest.
"He's not only a very successful Idol winner who sold a lot of records and had a hit record, but he's also continued to have a bridge with the show and is a great fit for us," Paul said.
Also joining the tour is In Real Life, winners of the ABC’s 2017 summer reality competition show Boy Band. The tour had previously been handled by Core Media Group, which is now co-producing Idol with Faculty, while UTA is helping route the 40-date run. Core's CEO Dennis Miller, CFO Scott Frosch and director for business and legal affairs Chris Towson were involved in finalizing the tour deal with Faculty.
Idol launches July 11 at the Redding Civic Auditorium in California and will mostly stop at performing arts centers and fairgrounds including the Oregon State Fair in Salem (Aug. 27), as well as iconic theaters like the Ryman in Nashville (Sept. 9) and the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania (Aug. 14). The tour concludes Sept. 16 at the Warner Theater in Washington D.C.
"We're excited to play a traditional theater tour and go to more places," Paul said. "The show has a very deep audience, especially in the heartland of America. This is not just a major market run."
The tour won't follow a competition format, but will feature new material unique to the tour, as well as one-of-a-kind collaborations and duets. Faculty Productions is part of Live Nation, and Paul has a successful history in TV touring, producing live for runs Dancing with the Stars as well as America's Got Talent, Glee and Julianne and Derek Hough's wildly successful 2014 Move tour.went off the air in 2015 and Fox did not tour the final season.
A complete list of dates for the 2018 American Idol tour can be found at americanidollive.com