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Idols Live tour coming to Gwinnett Arena July 26, ratings numbers

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Is this year's crew worth seeing live in concert?

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The Idols Live tour played to half empty arenas last year with several dates nixed completely. Even in Atlanta, where “Idol” tends to do better than most cities and usually sells out, Gwinnett Arena had yawning acres of unsold seats.

This year should be better thanks to a much stronger array of talent. It’s been so good, “Idol” for the first time is giving us 11 singers instead of the usual ten. This year’s crew will be at Gwinnett Arena July 26. Tickets go on sale May 13, with a special pre-sale May 12. Prices are $45 to $65 ($56.05 and $77.90 after fees.)

Overall, there are 45 dates, from July 6 to Sept. 10.

- EARLY RATINGS: The show’s early numbers are 21.8 million and a 6.9/20 18-49 rating/share. That’s up 12 percent over the comparable top 6 performance show last year and flat 18-49. When final numbers are out, both will be up. My guess: 22.4 million overall and 7.1 for 18-49 rating. That is flat from a week ago, too.

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

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Rickster™ © ®

April 28th, 2011
12:18 pm

Rickster™ © ®

April 28th, 2011
12:19 pm

And in the “is anyone surprised at this?” category:

Steven Tyler says he did drugs with Perry in 2008

The Associated Press

8:16 a.m. Wednesday, April 27, 2011
NEW YORK — Steven Tyler says he wasn’t the only Aerosmith member who was abusing drugs in recent years.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Tyler says he and Joe Perry did drugs together in 2008 after years of sobriety. Aerosmith had been working on a new album, which never developed.

Tyler says Perry was so impaired by snorting prescription pills, he couldn’t even play his instrument. Tyler says he was no better — he couldn’t sing.

Perry declined to comment to Rolling Stone and didn’t return a request for comment from The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Tyler is now a judge on “American Idol.” He’s releasing an autobiography, “Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?” next month.

The 63-year-old rocker says he’s sober now.

JTesla

April 28th, 2011
12:27 pm

Rickster, sorry but the only thing I’m getting out of those pictures is that Ke$ha looks more washed up now than ever before. Wow she is not looking good. Reality killed the video star I guess. She needs to stick to well controlled and edited photo/video shoots.

JTesla

April 28th, 2011
12:29 pm

Thanks for the numbers Rodney. I won’t be going to see the tour, but it is more tempting to see this crew than the last few.

Rodney Ho

April 28th, 2011
12:40 pm

I finally got a copy of Kara’s book yesterday. I plan to read it but at this point, all the juicy stuff is already out.

Neg''s back for Crystal

April 28th, 2011
1:08 pm

My overall rankings of the remaining Idols.

1, James – Consistently in the Top Two every week. He’s got the chops and the star power..
2. Scotty – Great country voice, but awkward stage presence could be his undoing.
3. Haley – When she goes all sultry jazz on us she’s the best of the bunch. Her Eleaine Benis alter-ego is the problem.
4. Lauren – Overpimped meh. Nice voice, but safe, mid-tempo songs with little range is not the stuff stars are made of.
5. Casey – His madman routine, replete with wild-eyed growling, grunting, stomping and fainting, has gotten very old.
6. Jacob – His vocals and dancing can only be tolerated in small doses. We are now way, way overdosed.

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♥ kelly&carriefan ♥

April 28th, 2011
1:39 pm

I’m actually halfway tempted to go check out the tour. Yes, it totally to see Ashton! ;)

Rickster, thanks! This Adam look reminds me of this: http://knightrideronline.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=148239

Mercedes S.

April 28th, 2011
1:48 pm

Someone, get that hairspray away from Adam!

Mercedes S.

April 28th, 2011
1:53 pm

Annie bama, from previous thread – relayed your info about Dreamland Barbecue to son and his wife – they met at ‘Bama. Hue and cry; it was their favorite place. It was where they met.

And to wrestler, FOR SOMEONE SO INTERESTED IN WEATHER REPORTS, THE PROFESSION IS METEOROLOGIST.

Rickster™ © ®

April 28th, 2011
2:04 pm

You know.. I just figured it out.

The reason why Channel 5 almost completely talked over James’ song, is that they reach up into Lauren’s next of the woods – and they were trying to skew the voting in her favor. :-)

Nutmeg

April 28th, 2011
2:27 pm

@G (from the last thread): I’d be way more annoyed with J-Lo if it weren’t very clear that there’s a deep anti-female bias in current voting patterns. This isn’t just bluster; What Not To Sing has measured it at 5.1 percent, compounded weekly. (I adore that site, since it’s a perfect merge of geek and Idol commentary).

@KCF–I should’ve known by the hearts around your name. :P

Rickster™ © ®

April 28th, 2011
2:34 pm

Someone needs to remind J-Lo that the whole “Save The Ta-Tas” campaign is for breast cancer awareness… not to keep more girls on Idol.

RxDawg

April 28th, 2011
2:35 pm

“Prices are $45 to $65 ($56.05 and $77.90 after fees.)”

Well no wonder they’re playing to empty seats.

♥ kelly&carriefan ♥

April 28th, 2011
2:35 pm

Mercedes, I just hope Adam isn’t near any open flames. (JT, it’s too easy!)

Rickster, interesting conspiracy theory!

Nutmeg, WNTS is a great site. Tho, their statistical analysis disappoints me some times for what it reveals, but the numbers don’t lie. Also, touche! ;)

♥ kelly&carriefan ♥

April 28th, 2011
2:38 pm

LOL @ Save The Ta Tas! I’m more partial to the “I &hearts Boobies” campaign.

♥ kelly&carriefan ♥

April 28th, 2011
2:38 pm

Rickster™ © ®

April 28th, 2011
2:47 pm

My Rankings:

1. Lauren: Contrary to J-Lo’s opinion, I think Lauren’s got the best voice in the competition
2. Scotty: When he drops down into his lower register… it’s great.
3. Jacob: When he’s subdued, I love his voice. When not… it’s still pretty good.
4. James: Personally, I think he’s overrated.
5. Casey: The whole “scowl-n-growl” thing got old quickly.
6. Haley: Easy on the eyes… not so easy on the ears. Now that Paul’s gone, I don’t “get” Haley.

Rickster™ © ®

April 28th, 2011
3:02 pm

Oh man… front page link next to a picture of Pia.

Good think everything is good-to-go in the super-secret, undisclosed, highly secure but oh-so-comfy bunker. :-)

wrestler

April 28th, 2011
3:06 pm

OH GOD NO, SAY IT ISNT SO…

Rickster™ © ®

April 28th, 2011
3:19 pm

Good “thing” even.

♥ kelly&carriefan ♥

April 28th, 2011
3:23 pm

Rickster….is Pia in said bunker? ;)

jean

April 28th, 2011
3:24 pm

Sorry but this is the worst batch of Idols ever. You couldn’t pay me enough to see this junk. They should’ve given Robbie Rosen a wild card slot.

Rickster™ © ®

April 28th, 2011
3:41 pm

Of course not, K&CF!! :-)

Deirdre

April 28th, 2011
4:03 pm

Bitterness is such an unhappy emotion.

I cannot believe that not a single one of you leaped on my James/Haley finals prediction!!!! I mean, James? sure! But Haley? Miss Bottom Three of 2011????

It’s just that she’s escaped soooo manyyyyyy times that I just don’t see her going home until there’s no other choice..

We’re at top 6. We should have a pretty good idea who is gonna win by now…and yet, I don’t know!!!!

JTesla

April 28th, 2011
4:16 pm

Deirdre, the thing is, I could see her making it further. I’ve always held that the worst place to finish is 3rd. People just seem to limp to that spot and then finally get picked off. I can see her doing just that.

Deirdre

April 28th, 2011
4:22 pm

You’re probably right, JT…but who joins James in the top 2? Scotty?

RxDawg

April 28th, 2011
4:31 pm

“You’re probably right, JT…but who joins James in the top 2? Scotty?”

Unfortunately :(

But don’t count Lauren out. She’s been coming on strong in the second half.

Seth T.

April 28th, 2011
4:32 pm

Chances/Odds of going home tonight: 65% Jacob – 15% Haley – 15% Casey – 5% Lauren.

JTesla

April 28th, 2011
4:34 pm

I’m thinking Scotty just becuase of the buzz I hear from friends regarding him. Even people who don’t watch the show like him. It’s not in the least bit scientific, but I hear more buzz about him than about Lauren.

beebee

April 28th, 2011
4:43 pm

they ought to do those tours in high school gyms.
but no way I’m forking over any amount to see these people “perform.”

a$$play

April 28th, 2011
6:04 pm

The cost of the tickets is outrageous…

I paid that to see Metallica 2009, Pink floyd 1997 and Robert Plant and Jimmy Page.

Imagine 10 years from now saying you paid that to see Idols Live!

And… Unemployment at 10%… Glad to see someone is making $$$.