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'American Idol Live!' tour coming to the Illinois State Fair

Concert to feature top 10 finalists from this season of the TV talent show

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[May 01, 2014]  SPRINGFIELD Fans of "American Idol" can see the top contestants from the current season of the hit TV series at this year's Illinois State Fair. The fair has announced that the "American Idol Live!" tour will perform a concert at the Grandstand on Aug. 8.

"Whether in agriculture, the arts or the performing arts, the Illinois State Fair showcases the best young talent our state has to offer," said Amy Bliefnick, state fair manager. "In keeping with this tradition, I'm pleased to announce the up-and-coming stars competing on 'American Idol' have decided to make Springfield a stop on their 41-show summer concert tour."

The tour will feature the top 10 finalists from Season 13: C.J. Harris, Jena Irene, Caleb Johnson, Jessica Meuse, MK Nobilette, Alex Preston, Dexter Roberts, Majesty Rose, Malaya Watson and Sam Woolf. One of those will be selected the next American Idol at the conclusion of the Season 13 finale, which will air live on Fox television May 20 from 7 to 8 p.m. and May 21 from 7 to 9 p.m.

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Tickets for the state fair concert, which range in price from $29 for a Tier 3 Grandstand seat to $49 for a VIPit track ticket in front of the stage, will go on sale May 10 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster. They can be purchased online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/, by phone at 800-745-3000 or in person at all Ticketmaster outlets.

The 2014 Illinois State Fair will run Aug. 7-17. For more information about the Grandstand entertainment lineup, visit the fair's website or call 217-782-1979.

[Text from Illinois State Fair file received from the Illinois Office of Communication and Information]

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