American Idol Live! Tour in Detroit 7-6-2012

The American Idol Live summer tour kicked off on Friday night in Detroit and it’s safe to say that Phillip Phillips fans were in for a surprise: they had to wait until the end of the second act for the Season 11 winner to make his first appearance. Still, they were rewarded for their patience.

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Phillip’s Intro + part of Superstition

Phillip Phillips feat. Jessica Sanchez – Volcano

Phillip Phillips feat. Jessica Sanchez – Volcano (full)

Phillip Phillips – Nice And Slow

Phillip Phillips – Nice And Slow

Raise Your Glass and Glad You Came – Top 10 Idols Live

Phillip Phillips and Elise Testone – Somebody That I Used To Know

Phillip Phillips – Home

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American Idol Tour 2012 – Set list


Group Number – “Sing” by My Chemical Romance (Minus Phil)

Deandre Brackensick – “Master Blaster” by Stevie Wonder

Skylar Laine and Hollie Cavanagh – “Undo It” by Carrie Underwood

Erika Van Pelt – Glitter in the Air by Pink

Colton, Erika, Joshua Hollie – Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5

Heejun Han – “Green Light” by John Legend

Heejun Han – Party Rock by LMFAO with Deandre and Jessica (All are wearing Zebra stripes)

BOYS – “Everybody Talks” by Neon Trees (Minus Phillip)

Elise Testone – Whole Lotta Love by Led Zepplin

Elise Testone with Erika Van Pelt and Deandre Brackensick – Rumour Has It by Adele

Colton Dixon – “Meant To Live” by Switchfoot

Colton Dixon – “Never Gone” (Original Song)

Colton Dixon – Piano Man by Billy Joel

Top 9 – “Just The Way You Are”/”What Makes You Beautiful” by Billy Joel/One Direction (Minus Phillip)


Jessica Sanchez– Best Thing I Never Had by Beyonce

Jessica Sanchez with Deandre Brackensick and Josh Ledet – How Come You Don’t Call Me Any More by Prince

Jessica Sanchez with Deandre Brackensick and Josh Ledet – Proud Mary by Ike and Tina Turner

Skylar Laine – Gunpowder and Lead by Miranda Lambert

Skylar Laine – Stay With Me by The Faces

Hollie Cavanagh with Elise Testone and Erika Van Pelt – Rolling in the Deep by Adele

Hollie Cavanagh – Give Your Heart a Break by Demi Lovato

Joshua Ledet with Elise Testone, Deandre Brakensick, Erika Van Pelt – Runaway Baby by Bruno Mars

Phillip Phillips – “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder

Phillip Phillips – Nice and Slow by Usher

Phillip Phillips and Elise Testone – Somebody That I Used to Know by Goyte

Phillip Phillips with Jessica Sanchez! – Volcano by Damien Rice

Phillip Phillips with Colton Dixon and Deandre Brackensick – Home

GIRLS – Raise Your Glass by Pink

BOYS – Girls eventually join in – Glad You Came by The Wanted

(Each Idol takes a bow from 10 – 1)


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‘American Idol Live Tour’ 2012 off to a ‘hot’ start in Detroit

The “American Idol Live Tour 2012” is guaranteed a “hot” opening night!

The temperatures in Detroit, just like many cities in the country, will reach triple digits again today, meaning the Top 10 will endure 100-degree heat for media interviews this afternoon and while casually meeting fans outside the venue — as is customary on any”American Idol” tour.

Fans who’ve been in “American Idol” withdrawal since Phillip Phillips was crowned in a shower of confetti at the end of May now have something to live for again: the annual American Idols Live tour gets under way tonight in Detroit, Mich.

The grueling trek will keep the finalists — Phillip, plus Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet, Hollie Cavanagh, Skylar Laine, Elise Testone, Colton Dixon, Erika Van Pelt, Heejun Han and DeAndre Brackensick — on the road until Sept. 11, when they’ll wrap things up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. But Phillip says criss-crossing the country is what he’s most looking forward to.

“I’ve never been to different states or anything like that,” Phillip told ABC News Radio. “Before, all I’d been to is Georgia, Tennessee, North and South Carolina, all the really Southern states. So I’m really, really excited to see the whole country and just take a bunch of pictures!”

As for his health, the “Idol” champ, who underwent major surgery to correct the kidney problem that nearly ended his run on the show, said  he’s on the mend. “The doctors are taking care of me and I’m doing a lot better than I was on the show,” he said. “I’m still gonna have to take it easy for a little bit but I’m doing really well. So, I’m excited about that. The doctors were surprised of how well I’m doing.”

While Phillip won’t be traveling with a medical team, he said, “I have to keep in touch with them.” Phillip also hopes he’ll have time on the road to write material for his forthcoming debut album.

Meanwhile, runner-up Jessica Sanchez is thrilled to get the opportunity to show that she can do something other than sing ballads. Asked what she’s most looking forward to about the tour, she told ABC News Radio, “Just the fact that I’m gonna be singing the songs that I want to sing, and [that] it’ll show more of me. It won’t be all ballads, at all. So, I’m excited to just have fun and dance with all my fans.”

The rest of the “Idol” finalists are looking forward to two things: being able to thank their fans personally for all their support, and being able to sing without Steven Tyler, Randy Jackson and Jennifer Lopez weighing in on their performances.

“Just being able to perform freely and not be judged,” said Joshua Ledet when asked what he’s looking forward to about the tour. “And just having a good time and traveling the world.” His BFF Hollie Cavanagh agreed, saying, “I think we all just get to sing now for our fans and just enjoy it and enjoy the time that we have. I mean, not everybody gets to have this opportunity. This is where we just, kind of live it up and have fun.”

Meeting the fans is a huge deal for the finalists as well. “I think that’s probably one of the big things for all of us,” Cavanagh said. “Because it’s our chance to give back to them. You know, they’ve been voting for us every week. So, it’s gonna be nice to meet the people that have given us this chance, pretty much.”

Skylar Laine agreed, saying, “I have the best fans out there — my Skoutlaws, I call ‘em on Twitter — and I can’t wait to meet all of them, and for someone to come up to me like, ‘You tweeted me twice and this is me!’…I’m ready for that.”

Colton Dixon, meanwhile, said he just wants rock. “That’s my element,” he told ABC News Radio. “I love it and I never got a chance to really rock out behind a piano either. So, I’m definitely pulling one of those out for tour.” He added, “I’m so stoked to actually play for a huge audience.”

In an unusual move, according to Reality Rocks, Colton is going to get to perform an original song during the tour called “Never Gone.” He told Reality Rocks, “I honestly don’t know why I was allowed to do an original song on tour; I’m just so appreciative to have people believe in my music enough to give me this opportunity, and I’m stoked to be able to give my fans a glimpse of what I have been working so hard on in the studio.”

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American Idol Peers To Phillip Phillips: We’ll Take Care Of You!

Phillip Phillips only has a few weeks to recover from his grueling surgery until he has to be back on the road again for the American Idol Live! tour. But not to fret– Philly Phil’s fellow Idol pals tell RumorFix that they’ll be watching over him!

Season 11′s second runner-up Jessica Sanchez tells RumorFix exclusively:

“We’re all a big family. Brothers and sisters. We take care of each other. So when he gets back we’re gonna be taking care of him. It’s nothing like ‘Oh, we haven’t seen you so were not gonna pay attention to you.’ It’s gonna be like, ‘Oh, you’re back! We’re gonna take care of you!’ We’re a big family, were really supportive of each other.”

Skylar Laine tells us that Phillip, who underwent surgery two weeks ago to remove troubling kidney stones, is recovering great. She tells us:

”We’re really proud of him. He’s doing really good. He’s doing his part”

But Heejun Han is approaching the situation with a little tough love telling RumorFix:

“[The others] will take care of him, I won’t. I don’t really care.”

Credit: rumorfix