It seems there’s more trouble in American Idol paradise. After competing their lowest rated season in history, a show spokesperson announced they would be canceling a number of upcoming tour dates.
“Due to production scheduling changes, the American Idol 2013 Tour will now begin on July 19th and go through the summer until August 31st,” the statement said. “The Idols look forward to performing in 30 venues across the country.”
The season 12 contestants, including winner Candice Glover and runner-up Kree Harrison, were originally slated to hit 40 cities this summer, but ten of the dates have now been cancelled. These dates include shows in Detroit, St. Louis, Las Vegas and Tulsa, Oklahoma.
This news comes nearly three weeks after Idol’s most recent season finale was down 47 percent from last season’s finale, pulling in 13.61 million viewers, 8 million less than the 21.5 million who watched last season’s finale. This year’s finale is also the first to have less than 20 million viewers. This season in total drew roughly 12 million viewers, down from 30 million when the show was at its peak in 2006 and 2007.
Randy Jackson announced in the final weeks of the season that he would not be returning for season 13. Both Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj announced last week that they’re exiting their judges chair. No word yet on whether remaining judge, Keith Urban will return.
The canceled dates are below:
6/29 St. Louis, MO Chaifetz Arena
6/30 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
7/2 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
7/5 Detroit, Michigan Joe Louis Arena
7/6 Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena (rescheduled for August 12 in Trenton, NJ)
7/8 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
7/10 Broomfield, CO 1STBANK Center
7/12 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay Events Center
7/13 Ontario, CA Citizens Business Bank Arena
7/14 Oakland, CA The Oracle Arena