Remember when we reported last week that the “American Idol” tour had already canceled a series of dates around the country? Well, we wish we could say that the news we had to report now was a little more positive, when unfortunately it is instead more then likely going to lead to further frustration about the show.
According to a recent study conducted by online reseller StubHub, ticket purchases are down by an incredible 347% from where they were prior to the tour last year. You also have to remember that there are some other contributing factors in play here, and that resales are far from the only accurate indicator of ticket popularity out there; however, a drop this severe triggers suspicions that something is amiss.
So what is the problem here? As happy as we are for winner Candice Glover, runner-up Kree Harrison, and even third-place finisher Angie Miller, the terrible crop of men this season is playing a big part. Some of the primary ticket-buyers over the years have been young girls, who often vote like crazy to support the likes of Phillip Phillips or Scotty McCreery. This demographic never latched onto anyone this season, and this was reflected in the viewing figures for the show. While we don’t believe that “American Idol” needs a male winner to sell tickets, they need a variety of interesting performers. The last two seasons, a male and female singer were in the top two, and you also had a surprisingly early exit like Pia Toscano that drew extra buzz. This year was pretty flat, and no one created the buzz that “American Idol” normally does.
The “American Idol” tour this year will kick off on July 19, and at this point, we almost wish that it would be scaled back further so that the singers from this season could focus on creating great original music. After all, this is what will help them have a long career in the business more so than singing covers.
If you want to read more about the cancellations that are already in place, you can do so over at the link here.