Exclusive: Go Behind-The-Scenes With Ciara as She Auditions Musicians for Her 'Jackie' Tour

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Ciara is busy prepping for the Jackie tour, her first in six years (!). Before she can set off for the month-long U.S. trek, though, she has to get one of the most important pieces in place: the band.

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In this behind-the-scenes video, we get a glimpse of what it takes to be the onstage support for an R&B veteran like C. The singer is in the trenches (or rather, behind the judge's table) to find the perfect match -- as she tells Billboard, "I wanted to have the best band I could possibly have, with young fresh energy."

"It's been while since I've toured, and I'm ready!" says the singer. Her Jackie tour kicks off May 3 in Chicago, but fans everywhere can get the full Ciara experience via an exclusive livestream from Yahoo Live of her concert at The Fillmore in Silver Springs, MD on Sunday, May 9.

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Watch her find her new touring crew in the video below (we just hope they're spending some time with "1,2 Step").