American Idol will truly be over with next week’s series finale — and not just on TV. The tour that has followed every season finale of Fox’s singing competition show will not happen this year, EW confirmed.
“The American Idol Live Tour has historically been an integral part of celebrating the seasons’ contestants and also garnering excitement for summer auditions for the upcoming season,” CORE media, the parent company of 19 Entertainment, said in a statement.
“This year’s Idol finale celebrates the past 15 seasons, the amazingly talented participants, and the millions of fans who’ve helped make American Idol the legendary program and brand it is today. It will be so memorable and meaningful, and we’ve chosen to end it on that note.”
The two-night live finale event will feature performances from distinguished Idol alums, including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and Jennifer Hudson. Myriad other contestants from the series’ 15-season run will also participate in the show’s send-off.
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The winner will be announced Thursday, April 7 on the finale broadcast, which runs from 8 p.m. to 10:06 p.m. ET/PT on Fox. Both nights will air live from Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre.
On Tuesday, a series retrospective called American Idol: American Dream airs at 8 p.m. ET/PT, featuring a look back at the series with host Ryan Seacrest, current and former judges, former contestants, and Idol staffers.
Billboard first reported the news.