As last year's phenom Adam Lambert's 'Glam Nation' concert sells out nationwide, this year's American Idol summer tour is canceling eight tour dates and rearranging others, according to Entertainment Weekly.
EW wonders, Is it the economy? Lack of interest in season nine′s finalists? Lack of interest in Idol in general? Public protest against the insane loss of Crystal Bowersox to Lee DeWyze?
Whatever the reason, this summer's tour pales in comparison to last summer's record-breaking run when Adam was, let's face it, the real star of the show. Recall summer 2009, when Glamberts lined up in droves for tickets to the show and autographs from the Glittered One, even though he wasn't that year's winner (that "honor" went to Kris Allen).
Let's face it - Idol is over. With Simon Cowell gone, what does next season hold? Ellen DeGeneres did a decent job of being straightforward but nice as a judge last season, while Kara and Randy stuck to their same old boring, irritating platitudes.
Ellen can't hold the show on her own, and there is definitely no chemistry between her and Ryan Seacrest, as there was with Ryan and Simon.
Plus, the contestants this season, with the exception of Bowersox, were just plain boring. Adam Lambert simply set the bar too high in terms of showmanship, star quality, and phenomenal vocal talent.
To be fair, big-name artists are suffering in the tour department this summer too. Christina Aguilera, Jonas Brothers, and John Mayer, just to mention a few, have all either scaled back their tour dates or canceled them altogether.
But Adam rocks on, selling out every venue as he criss-crosses the country. His US tour ends in September before heading overseas.
Whatever the reason for the AI summer tour woes, it's promoter, LiveNation, isn't commenting.
What do you think? Why is Adam Lambert's concert doing so well this summer while the Idols tour flounders?