Sacramento Press: American Idol Live! Tour Stops at Arco


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by Alejandra Gonzalez

Wednesday night, the top-10 “American Idol” finalists took the stage at Arco Arena on their second stop on the “American Idol Live! Tour 2010.”

This tour came a day after the “American Idol” auditions at the Arden Fair Mall and a day before the auditions in San Francisco. So the hope is still lingering to be the next American Idol.

This reality TV show has given hope to today’s generation to sing and perform or dance and act goofy, if all someone wants is that 15 seconds of fame. Now with the lowering of the age limit to 15, the next season will bring a new opportunity to a younger group of aspiring singers.

Each week, fans sat at the edge of their couches calling in and voting for their favorite Idols, and last night, they were able to see their top 10 perform.

Didi Benami opened the concert with her sweet delicate voice. She gave a calming energy as she looked like Taylor Swift playing her acoustic guitar.

It was a countdown from finalist 10 to the winner. Each Finalist sang two to three songs individually on stage, with many cover songs for the audience to sing along.

Andrew Garcia picked up the energy when he sang his acoustic cover of Paula Abdul’s “Straight Up.”

Katie Stevens, the talented 17-year-old finalist, received a large welcome from screaming girls. Katie covered Christina Aguilera’s “Stronger,” with a confident stage presence.

Katie and Aaron, the young “American Idol” finalists, are seen as children’s role models. They give those in the younger generation a message to fight for their dreams.

Arco Arena was packed with families, older women holding signs with slogans like, “I heart you Aaron,” and younger fans mesmerized by the dream to be on stage. Kids and teens were working hard jumping, waving and dancing for their chance to get on the big screen –– a dream that apparently starts young.

The stage was flashy with multiple projector screens to reflect each singers’ individual style, like Punk Rock Princess, Dreadlocked Hippie, or Country Cowboy.

This sends a positive message to the younger generation that no mater what style you have, celebrate it and be yourself, because you could be the next “American Idol.”

It was down to the last two.

Crystal Bowersox awed the audience with her explosive vocals and cover of Janis Joplin’s “Piece of My Heart.” It was comical to see older couples fist pumping to this song.

Last but not least, Lee DeWyze, the Season Nine winner, took the stage singing several covers, including U2’s “Beautiful Day.”

He then closed the concert with an all-group medley finale, covering songs from Bon Jovi and past “Idol” winner Kelly Clarkson to wow the audience. By the end of the concert, the young children who were rocking out to their idols left the Arena being carried out asleep after too much excitement for a Wednesday night.

via Alejandra Gonzalez, Sacramento Press | Photo by Stephen Chea

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