Originally created 07/27/06

Your guide to American Idols Live!



Love it or loathe it, there's no escaping the cultural phenomenon that is American Idol. A multimedia success story that has left an indelible mark on television, the recording industry and concert stages over the past five years, the show and the fresh-faced artists who have emerged from its talent show format have become major players in the entertainment industry.

On Tuesday, the current crop of Idols rolls into Charlotte (N.C.) Bobcats Arena, and on Wednesday it plays Columbia's Colonial Center. Here's a look at some of the facts, figures and live performance surprises in store for faithful Idol-ators.

Reach Steven Uhles at (706) 823-3626 or steven.uhles@augustachronicle.com.

ONSTAGE

WHAT: American Idols Live!


WHEN: Tuesday (Charlotte, N.C.) and Wednesday (Columbia)


WHERE: Charlotte Bobcats Arena, 333 E. Trade St., Charlotte, N.C.; The Colonial Center, 801 Lincoln St., Columbia


COST: $38.50-$68.50; www.thecolonialcenter.com, or www.charlottebobcatsarean.com

NOW HEAR THIS

Most obvious song performed during American Idols Live!: Taylor Hick's oft-repeated version of the Doobie Brothers classic Takin' It to the Streets


Most surprising song performed during American Idols Live!: The Guns 'N Roses classic Patience performed by Chris Daughtry, Elliot Yamin, Bucky Covington and Ace Young

THE VIEW FROM HERE

Average number of per-broadcast American Idol viewers: About 30 million


The population of Georgia: About 9 million


Days until the American Idol cycle begins again: 12. Auditions begin Aug. 8 in Los Angeles.

DO THE MATH


Percentage of American Idols hailing from Southern states: 70



Percentage of American Idols who claim a family member as a 'personal hero': 80

Percentage who have had formal pre-Idol vocal training: 50 (20 percent of the males, 80 percent of the females)


Percentage who ranked American Idol as one of their 'proudest moments': 70

FOR THE AGES


The average age of the current (Season Five) American Idols: 23.7 years


Males: 27 years


Females: 20.4 years (Remember, girls mature sooner than boys.)


The oldest: Taylor Hicks - 29


The youngest: Lisa Tucker - 16

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

(and again)

Number of days between first and last date on the American Idols Live! tour: 82

Number of shows: 60

Number of states: 28, plus the District of Columbia