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    Mon, 05 Apr 2010 10:10:58

    2003 <i>American Idol</i> Contestants Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard to Tour - Duo will co-headline all summer long

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    Looks like there are no catfights to be had between former American Idol contestants! The 2003 season winner, Ruben Studdard, and close runner-up Clay Aiken will co-headline a summer tour. The tour launches on July 23 in North Carolina and runs through August 14 in Biloxi, Mississippi. Perhaps Simon Cowell or Paula Abdul can tag along and tour manage?

    Studds and Aikes have enjoyed a close, post-Idol friendship, proving that there are no hard feelings. This is the first time they have ever toured together and the duo plans to perform separately and together, and promises that there will be surprise guests at different tour stops. Guests? Could it be Kelly Clarkson? Taylor Hicks? Chris Daughtry? Carrie Underwood? Justin Guarini? It's anyone's guess.

    "I couldn't ask for a better tour mate. To be able to share the stage with him again is so exciting," said Aiken in a statement. "He is such a talented artist. He inspires me daily and I think that respect and admiration will truly be reflected in our show." Studdard echoed his friend's sentiment, saying, "It is truly a blessing and an honor to be on the stage with my friend. The relationship that we have built over these past eight years will definitely translate into a great show for our fans. And I'm really looking forward to singing the timeless classics every night."

    The tour dates for Studdard and Aiken are below.

    Jul. 23: Asheville, NC (Biltmore Estates)
    Jul. 24: Jacksonville, FL (Florida Theater)
    Jul. 25: Melbourne, FL (King Center For Arts)
    Jul. 26: Clearwater, FL (Ruth Eckerd Hall)
    Jul. 29: Snoqualmie WA (Mountain View Plaza)
    Jul. 31: Reno, NV (Silver Legacy Casino)
    Aug. 1: Los Angeles, CA (Club Nokia)
    Aug. 3: Milwaukee, WI (Potowanami Casino)
    Aug. 5: Windsor, ON (Caesar's)
    Aug. 6: Chautauqua NY (Chautauqua Institution Amphitheatre)
    Aug. 7: Mashantucket, CT (MGM Grand Foxwoods)
    Aug. 8: Lancaster, PA (American Music Theater)
    Aug. 10: Hampton Beach, NH (HB Casino)
    Aug. 11: New York, NY (Hammerstein)
    Aug. 12: Verona, NY (Turning Stone Casino)
    Aug. 13: Hammond, IN (Horseshoe)
    Aug. 14: Biloxi, MS (Beau Rivage)

    Who is your favorite American Idol contestant of all time?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    04.05.10




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