Reality television hit American Idol has narrowed its contestant pool down to 10 finalists. But while the show’s eighth season is still on-going, the chosen 10 are already guaranteed at least one major tour of the country. The American Idol 2009 Summer Tour will feature performances by each finalist as they visit 50 cities across the United States and Canada.

The summer-long venture begins July 5 at Rose Garden in Portland, OR, and wraps September 15 at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH. Highlights of the tour are a July 16 performance at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA, an August 4 show at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC, an August 18 concert at the TD Banknorth Garden (soon to be renamed the TD Garden) in Boston, MA, and a September 5 event at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN.

The Idol troupe will strike Canada just twice: July 8 at General Motors Place in Vancouver, BC, and August 14 at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, ON. Public on-sales for all dates of the tour will begin on May 9.

This year’s American Idol finalists and tour performers are Adam Lambert, Allison Iraheta, Anoop Desai, Danny Gokey, Kris Allen, Lil Rounds, Matt Giraud, Megan Joy, Michael Sarver and Scott MacIntyre.

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Previous years of the American Idol tour featured similar 50-city summer itineraries, beginning in early July and stretching through mid- to late September. Quick sell-outs during on-sales for the 2008 trek prompted the addition of second shows in a handful of cities. Ticket sales also pushed the tour into TicketNews’s exclusive weekly rankings for top-selling events.

American Idol 2009 Summer Tour itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

July 5 Portland, OR Rose Garden
July 7 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
July 8 Vancouver, BC General Motors Place
July 10 Sacramento, CA ARCO Arena
July 11 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
July 12 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion at San Jose
July 14 West Valley City, UT The E Center
July 16 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
July 17 Ontario, CA Citizens Business Bank Arena
July 18 San Diego, CA San Diego Sports Arena
July 20 Glendale, AZ Arena
July 23 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
July 24 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
July 25 N. Little Rock, AR Alltel Arena
July 26 Memphis, TN FedExForum
July 28 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum
July 29 Sunrise, FL BankAtlantic Center
July 31 Duluth, GA Arena at Gwinnett Center
August 1 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena
August 2 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
August 4 Washington, DC Verizon Center
August 5 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena
August 7 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall
August 8 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
August 11 Long Island, NY Nassau Coliseum
August 14 Hamilton, ON Copps Coliseum
August 15 Rochester, NY BlueCross Arena
August 16 Hartford, CT XL Center
August 18 Boston, MA TD Banknorth Garden
August 19 Albany, NY Times Union Center
August 20 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center
August 22 Pittsburgh, PA Mellon Arena
August 23 Cleveland, OH Wolstein Center
August 25 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center
August 26 Auburn Hills, MI Palace at Auburn Hills
August 28 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center
August 29 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
August 30 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
September 1 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
September 2 Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena
September 4 Madison, WI Alliant Energy Center
September 5 Indianapolis, IN Conseco Fieldhouse
September 6 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
September 8 Reading, PA Sovereign Center
September 9 Wilkes Barre, PA Wachovia Arena
September 10 Bridgeport, CT Arena at Harbor Yard
September 12 Portand, ME Cumberland County Civic Center
September 13 Providence, RI Dunkin’ Donuts Center
September 14 Syracuse, NY WarMemorial at OnCenter
September 15 Manchester, NH Verizon Wireless Arena