The 16th season of ABC’s American Idol (AI) has passed and it’s time to see the winner with the finalists on tour. The tour is slightly different this year. Season eight AI winner, Kris Allen, has been added to the lineup to act as the moderator as well as performing as a singer.
The tour features this season’s top seven finalists including Maddie Poppe, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Gabby Barrett, Catie Turner, Cade Foehner, and Michael J. Woodard. Jurnee was on the list of the finalists, but she did not perform. It was later learned that Jurnee had been placed on vocal rest by her physician.
In addition to seeing your favorite AI finalists, there’s an opening act called In Real Life.
The fans were “pumped up.” AXS was able to catch the show at Tucson’s Fox Theatre on July 23. Here are some of the reasons to catch the tour.
1) The boy band, In Real Life
Expectations are not necessarily high for show openers. However, In Real Life proved to be a worthy band deserving a headlining slot. The five members came together after winning ABC”s summer reality competition, Boy Band, last year.
The guys are Sergio Calderon, Michael Conor, Chance Perez, Andrew Ramos and Brady Tutton and they are in the middle of a tour with AI. They have also announced a fall tour as well. In Real Life has gotten radio play with their single “Tatoo (How About You).” Check it out here.
The young men sing, rap, and do some impressive choreography. The screaming fans were a testimony of their appeal and charisma. Certainly, this is a band to watch.
2) Maddie Poppe is season 16’s AI winner
Poppe represents the perfect package in terms of vocal talent, stage presence, style and personality.
She started early in the show with the Melanie tune “Brand New Key.” She has a knack for picking catchy and unusual tunes that haven’t been overplayed in the media.
Poppe and her beau, Hutchison, sang the song “You’ve Got a Friend” together. Their romance during the competition has been very popular with the fans. The mutual admiration was very apparent throughout the show. Click here to see AXS interview with Maddie Poppe.
3) Caleb Lee Hutchison thrilled the country fans
Hutchison could have very easily been the winner of the competition. Country music is very popular in Tucson and Hutchison represented it very well. His first song in the show was his rendition of Keith Whitley’s “Don’t Close your Eyes.” His treatment of the song was enough to melt the heart of any country fan.
Hutchison has the boyish good looks and a winning personality that will carry him far in show business.
4) What’s not to love about Katie Turner?
Turner won over America and the judges early in the competition with her bubbly exuberance. The fans just wanted to hug her. There was a spot during the show when she and some of the other singers milled through the aisles of theatre. Turner stopped and gave a few hugs along the way.
Her first song was the peppy “Havana.” Even when she wasn’t up at the microphone, she danced and moved across the stage with Michael J. Woodard. Both were there to have a good time and it was infectious.
5) We can’t forget Kris Allen
Allen has that boy-next-door appeal and it is little wonder that he was selected to moderate these shows. Allen sang a short set of his ‘hits’ as he played guitar. His medley of “Heartless,” “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Falling Slowly” led into his full version of “When All the Stars Have Died.” His pristine vocals, charm and laid-back attitude have made him a fan favorite.
There are many more than five reasons to see this show. Cade Foehner is the perfect picture of a rock star and a killer guitarist. His hair is the envy of his male counterparts. Did we mention he was a great guitarist?
Gabby Barrett was Poppe’s biggest female competition as the third runner-up in the competition. Barrett is another rocker with boundless energy who was able to get the crowd out of their seats with songs like “Don’t Stop Believin.’”
Michael J. Woodard melted the hearts of the young and older fans with his boundless enthusiasm. His version of “Titanium” rivaled the original version as he wowed the fans.
For a complete set list, please click here.
Grab your tickets for the American Idol tour here.