Idol winner Nick Fradiani, more sing in Fort Myers
CHARLES RUNNELLS, CRUNNELLS@NEWS-PRESS.COM 6:56 p.m. EDT July 9, 2015
Nick Fradiani thought he
was busy on “American Idol.” Then he won the thing.
Now the singer barely has
time to eat.
During an interview with
The News-Press, Fradiani munches on a leftover bacon, egg and cheese
sandwich. He got his breakfast at 9 a.m. Now it’s 2:15 p.m. and
he still hasn’t finished.
pretty gross, but I’m eating it now,” he says and laughs.
“There’s been a lot of rushing around.”
Since winning “American
Idol” in May, Fradiani has been zipping around the country for
back-to back radio and TV appearances, phone interviews, recording sessions
and concerts — including this Sunday’s “American Idol
Live Tour” at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall.
“It’s been a
lot of controlled chaos in the last three weeks,” Fradiani says.
“I’ve been working hard — and not sleeping a lot.”
Not that he minds. After
winning “Idol” in May, his career finally has started taking
“It’s what I
always wanted,” he says. “This is what I signed up for.”
Idol Live Tour” features Fradiani and the other top 5 finalists
from the popular TV singing show. They’ll perform solo and group
numbers from their appearances in season 14. Fradiani, for example,
plans to sing a song from his pop-rock band Beach Avenue and also his
new single “Beautiful Life.”
Fradiani, 29, didn’t
get to choose that “coronation song” marking his big win.
That was done by the “American Idol” production team. But
he says he’s happy with the result.
“I just lucked out,”
he says. “I really liked the song.”
This year’s tour includes
top 5 finalists Jax, Rayvon Owen, Tyanna Jones, Clark Beckham and also
a special guest on this leg of the tour, coffeehouse-style singer Joey
Cook (and, yes, she’s bringing her ukulele).
Cook, 24, says she’s
looking forward to hanging out with everybody. It’ll be a lot
less stressful than competing on live TV.
“We’re not singing
for votes anymore,” she says. “We’re just singing
because we like to!”
This year’s tour is
a particularly poignant one — it’s likely going to be the
second-to-the-last “Idol” tour to ever visit Fort Myers.
The show is being canceled after next season.
News of the cancellation
broke in May.
“When I first found
out, I was a little bummed,” Fradiani says. “It’s
had an incredible run for the last 15 years… I’m just proud
to have been a part of it and be one of the 15 winners, when all is
said and done.”
Fradiani doubts “America
Idol” is really over, though. It’s too popular and influential
to completely go away. He thinks it’ll get revamped and come back
new and improved in five or six years.
“What it did was really
amazing,” he says. “It changed pop culture at one point.”
In the meantime, Cook says,
next year’s “American Idol” should be a memorable
She thinks more people will
try out than ever before. It’s now or never.
“It’s the very
last one,” she says. “Go out with a bang.”
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If You Go
What: “American Idol
When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday
Where: Barbara B. Mann Performing
Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Parkway, south Fort Myers
Tickets: $41.51-$73.71 (plus
applicable taxes and fees, prices subject to change)
Info: 481-4849 or bbmannpah.com