Return to American Idol Fort Lauderdale, FL. - AMERICAN IDOL®, the most successful music competition show in television history, returns this summer with an unprecedented 14th consecutive national tour. The 37-show concert tour launches Tuesday, July 7 in Clearwater, FL, and stops in major cities, including New York, Chicago, Houston and Nashville before wrapping in Riverside, CA, on Friday, August 28th. Tickets are available now via

AMERICAN IDOL® LIVE! will give fans an opportunity to get up close and personal with the Top Five IDOLS from Season 14. Entertainment Weekly said “Idol’s 14th season is pitch-perfect with finalists who truly command the stage.” Newly crowned winner Nick Fradiani along with Jax, Tyanna Jones, Rayvon Owen and Clark Beckham will showcase their individual artistry and talents in a never before “Storytellers” style show all set to a live band.
In addition, 19 Entertainment, Inc. has also confirmed that select IDOLS from Season 14 will join the tour in various cities as special guest performers. To kick things off, Top 10 favorite Joey Cook will join the tour for the first 6 nights in Clearwater, Sarasota, Melbourne, Orlando, Fort Myers and Fort Lauderdale, FL.

In advance of the Top 5 American Idol contestants arrival, Number 3 runner-up, JAX, has agreed to do a quick phone interview. here it is in it's entirety...

Q: What was it that made you want to audition for American Idol?

A: I always watched American Idol with my family, so when Idol came to town I thought, why not go for it.

Q: So, you addition, get the Golden Ticket to California, and make it into the top 10. What is a typical day like in the life of an American Idol contestant?

A: Well... Its a lot of hurrying up to wait around. it is either having a lot of downtime or its super, super hectic. you have minimal sleep and you get up early in the morning. When it came down to the top five, things got even more intense. in the downtime, you form relationships with the other contestants. It is kinda of a process each week when it comes to song choice. You go to the vocal coach and have to come up with your own arrangement and collaborate. Eventually, you give your piece to the band and work it and rehearse it. Oh.... and the catering. Good food! (Laughs). Thats pretty much it.

Q: Did you ever think that you would end up at least into the top ten going into this?

A: No. You always have to envision that light at the end of the tunnel in order to keep pushing. I never expected it to happen.

Q: There was some controversy about how you were eliminated, not being able to say thank you and goodbye as past seasons allowed. What was your immediate reaction to how that was handled?

A: Well... I don't know who was behind that but personally, I thought it was a bit disrespectful. I was not hurt by the elimination itself, but by not allowing me to say thank you to the producers, my mom and dad who had perfect attendance the entire season, and my fellow contestants. it was very cold the way they did that. They gave me a platform for the journey of a lifetime.For that I am thankful.

Q: What is the single most important thing learned while with American Idol?

A: I get that question a lot. I always say I learned not to live in the black and the white but to dwell in the gray. I learned to not concentrate on the past and the future because then you lose sight of what is going on in the present.

Many thanks go out to Mr. Ken Phillips for making this interview possible.