1:16pm PT by Michele Amabile Angermiller, Billboard
'American Idol': Only Top 5 to Tour This Summer
The American Idol season 14 tour has been halved.
Billboard has confirmed that the 2015 edition of the summer trek will only feature the top 5 finalists, as opposed to the 10 who have hit the road for the last 13 seasons. Tickets go on sale April 17.
The news follows rumors on set. Jeffrey Seavey, father of eliminated contestant Daniel Seavey, tweeted on March 21 that there was "lots of confusion" about the annual summer trek. "Normally, it’s top 10, but rumor on set is that it will be only be top 5 on tour," he wrote. "We’ll see..."
As for the rest of the top 10, a source tells Billboard discussions are ongoing for finalists 6 through 10 to be invited to open the concert in their hometowns. That's assuming the routing matches up. So far, cities confirmed include Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle and Nashville.
The Top 5 will be revealed on April 22, and host Ryan Seacrest is expected to mention the tour on the show tonight (April 8). Typically, news of the outing coincides with the top 10 reveal.
The Idol tour has been suffering from sluggish ticket sales in recent years and has seen its routing downgraded from arenas to smaller venues like theaters. The summer 2014 trek was also the first to hit the road without a live band. Instead, the season 13 cast sang to backing tracks.
American Idol's 14th season has also seen a ratings slump. The latest live+7 average for Wednesday night's show is 12.5 million viewers and a 3.3 in the demo.
This article first appeared on Billboard.com.