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On Tuesday, July 28th, the tour bus rolls into the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, FL. With apologies to the Florida fans, I’m on a bit of a rant today, so bear with me.
First, a question. If any of you can answer this, let us know, because a lot of us are wondering! If you went to the Memphis show, you know there was no meet and greet after the concert. The reason given was that the idols had a plane to catch so did not have the time. But, with an off-day before the Tampa show, why was there such a huge rush to get the idols to Florida? I’m sure there’s a reason – I just don’t know what it is!
Also to backtrack a little, the N. Little Rock, AR concert was Kris Allen’s “hometown” show. I didn’t mention this in the AR TOUR VIBE post, nor have I mentioned hometown shows at all. Frankly, I’ve been focused on Adam only and haven’t been paying any attention to the “9 not named Adam.” However, in the AR comments it was mentioned that some tweets were not kind to Adam in AR. I don’t know the details regarding this. If any of you do, can you please share with us? Now obviously Arkansas is a huge pro-Kris state, and Kris did win the voting competition, so it makes sense that Kris would be cheered at his hometown concert more than Adam was. Is this hometown bias for Kris only, due to the sheer number of Kris fans, or is there a hometown bias to a lesser extent for all the idols?
Has anyone noticed any hometown bias at all at any of the concerts that have already taken place? When we get to the Wisconsin shows, will the crowds be more pro-Danny than pro-Adam? I guess we won’t know until it happens, but since I’m going to both Wisconsin shows, this question is very much on my mind. Here are the top 10, their hometowns, and their “hometown” concerts:
Adam- Los Angeles, California… shows in San Diego, Ontario, Oakland, and Sacramento
Kris- Conway, Arkansas… show in N. Little Rock
Allison- Los Angeles, California… Same as Adam
Anoop- Chapel Hill, North Carolina… shows in Charlotte and Greensboro
Megan- Sandy, Utah… show in West Valley City
Danny- Milwaukee, Wisconsin… shows in Milwaukee and Madison
Lil- Memphis, Tennessee… show in Memphis
Matt- Kalamazoo, Michigan… shows in Grand Rapids and Auburn Hills
Michael- Jasper, Texas… show in Dallas
Scott- Scottsdale, Arizona… show in Glendale
Happily, Florida has no hometown idols, so the only thing shining through should be talent, and that means Adam should wow them!
If you’re going to the Tampa show, we want to hear from you! Comment below with your reactions, and if you have photos, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can either email us links to photos you have on a photo-sharing site, or just email us your jpeg files as attachments.
~~Jeanette, Glamb #5