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'American Idol' Tour Kicks Off in Washington with Half-Full Venue

'American Idol' Tour Kicks Off in Washington with Half-Full Venue'American Idol' Tour Kicks Off in Washington with Half-Full Venue

The American Idol season 12 tour kicked off in Kent, Washington on Friday with about half of the ShoWare Center's 6,500 seats filled, according to eyewitness reports.

VIP tickets for the inaugural concert were selling for $20 in the weeks leading up to the July 19 kick-off. 

As previously reported by The Hollywood Reporter, the tour was originally slated to begin June 29 at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, MO, but that show, along with eight other dates, were canceled with one stop rescheduled to August.

Said a spokesperson for the tour in May: "Due to production scheduling changes, the American Idol 2013 Tour will now begin on July 19th and go through the summer until August 31st. The Idols look forward to performing in 30 venues across the country."

THR has reached out to the venue and the tour's press representative for an exact sell-through number, but the request has gone unanswered.

Still, it's hard not to take note of the fact that the Idol tour once filled Los Angeles' Staples Center (concert capacity: 20,000) -- on Tuesday, the L.A. stop takes place across the street at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, which seats 7,100. As of Sunday evening, tickets were still available in the orchestra section.

As for the set list of the 2013 tour? The girls get lots of stage time. Aubrey Cleland, Amber  Holcomb, Angie Miller and Janelle Arthur kick off the show with an upbeat number -- Robin Thicke’s No. 1 hit, “Blurred Lines.” Kree Harrison, received a warm welcome, according to tweets, with chants of “Kree! Kree! Kree!” echoing through the concert hall after her set.

Miller seems primed for solo stardom, as she performed two original compositions from the piano, at one point climbing atop the instrument. Additonally, Candice Glover debuted a new song that she described as "fun" in a subsequent tweet. Called “In The Middle,” it gave the audience a glimpse into her future album. The season 12 winner later brought down the house with a reprise of her version of “Love Song” by The Cure.

The guys' numbers included a rendition of Justin Timberlake’s “Suit and Tie,” performed by Burnell Taylor, Devin Velez, and Curtis Finch, Jr., while Paul Jolley delivered an earnest take on Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away” and Lazaro Arbos reprised his slow burn performance of “Feeling Good.”

The finale, a medley of “Gone” songs -- as in Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” and Phillip Phillips’ “Gone, Gone, Gone,” among others -- seems to be a crowd pleaser, especially as it segues into Anna Kendrick’s “ When I’m Gone (The Cup Song)” -- with Miller working the cup! See the full set list below:

First Half

Aubrey Cleland, Amber Holcomb, Janelle Arthur, Angie Miller – “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke 
Girls including Candice and Kree – “Wings” by Little Mix Aubrey Cleland and Girls – “Beautiful Nightmare” by Beyonce
Burnell Taylor, Devin Velez, Curtis Finch – “Suit & Tie” by Justin Timberlake
Paul Jolley – “Blown Away” by Carrie Underwood
Janelle Arthur, Paul Jolley, Kree Harrison – “Summer Nights”
Rascal Flatts Curtis Finch, Jr. – “When I Was Your Man”
Bruno Mars Amber Holcomb – “We Found Love” by Rihanna
Amber Holcomb with Aubrey Cleland, and Angie Miller – “The Way” by Ariana Grande
Kree Harrison, Paul Jolley, Angie Miller, Lazaro Arbos, Janelle Arthur and Idol cast– “We are Young” by .fun/Crazy in Love by Beyonce

Second Half

Angie Miller – ”Mama Knows Best” by Jessie J.
Angie Miller – “You Set Me Free”
Angie Miller –“Put it On Me”
Janelle Arthur –“Better Dig Two” by The Band Perry
Janelle Arthur – “Where the Blacktop Ends” by Keith Urban
Lazaro Arbos – “Feeling Good” by Michael Buble’
Lazaro Arbos – “Edge of Glory” by Lady Gaga
Kree Harrison – “Up to the Mountain” by Patty Griffin
Kree Harrison – “All Cried Out”
Kree Harrison – “Hold On” by Alabama Shakes
Candice Glover and the Girls –“’Til the End of Time” by Beyonce
Candice Glover – “Lovesong” by The Cure
Candice Glover – “In the Middle”
Candice Glover – “I Am Beautiful”


"Gone" Medley – “Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson, “You’re Going to Miss Me When I’m Gone (The Cup Song)” by Anna Kendrick, “Gone Gone Gone” by Phillip Phillips

Twitter: @MicheleAmabile