When the American Idol finale airs next week, it really will be the final “moment like this” for fans. The show is forgoing the tradition of having a finalist tour.
“The American Idol Live tour has historically been an integral part of celebrating the seasons’ contestants and also garnering excitement for summer auditions for the upcoming season,” Core Media told ET in a statement. “This year’s Idol finale celebrates the past 15 seasons, the amazingly talented participants, and the millions of fans who’ve helped make American Idol the legendary program and brand it is today. It will be so memorable and meaningful and we’ve chosen to end it on that note.”
Finalists from the past 14 seasons have all participated in the annual tours, traveling around the country and performing their most memorable covers from the show. One of this season’s finalists isn’t upset by the lack of tour.
Mackenzie Bourg, who was eliminated in Wednesday night’s episode, told ET that he views the canceled tour as an opportunity.
"I think it's gonna be, in a sense, great, because you can spend more time working on an album and putting the music out,” Bourg, who also competed on The Voice, told ET. “The tour is amazing for fans of the show, but I don't know if it's great for the actual artists. Now you can focus on being an artist first and that's what I am."
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