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'American Idol' tour to feature hometown talent

West Linn's Aubrey Cleland hopes to see friends among fans in Portland


by: SUBMITTED - Aubrey Cleland of West Linn will be the 11th member of the American Idol Live! 2013 tour, which begins June 29. The group will perform in Portland July 20. Tickets are available online now.American Idol Live! 2013 returns this summer for another tour across the United States showcasing the TV show’s top finalists.

The 40-show concert tour launches June 29 in St. Louis, Mo., and includes stops in cities including New York, Los Angeles and Portland before wrapping up in Nashville on Aug. 31.

The “American Idol” tour gives fans an opportunity to be up close and personal with Season 12 “Idol” finalists Amber Holcomb, Angie Miller, Burnell Taylor, Candice Glover, Curtis Finch Jr., Devin Velez, Janelle Arthur, Kree Harrison, Lazaro Arbos and Paul Jolley. Plus, West Linn’s Aubrey Cleland joins the tour as the 11th Idol finalist, thanks to a “fan save” — a twist in the show in which two runners-up competed in a sing-off, with the fan favorite winning a spot on the tour.

“I am very grateful,” said Cleland. “For all the other people in the top 20 their journey was over. And even though my journey on the show was over, I get this amazing opportunity to go on the tour. I am really grateful that they chose me.”

Cleland said rehearsals for the tour will begin May 31, and until then she is relaxing at home in West Linn.

“We don’t know what we’re singing yet, so I can’t really rehearse anything,” she said.

Finalists will perform favorite songs from the season as well as never-before-seen performances.

“I know the music will be fun and upbeat. I’d love to see as many people I know as a I can when we are in Portland. I hope I can make them proud,” Cleland said.

Performing in front of her hometown crowd will definitely be a highlight of the tour, but Cleland is also looking forward to touring through the South and performing in the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. She is also looking forward to touring with the “Idol” finalists, with whom she became close during the season.

Cleland encourages others interested in pursuing a career in entertainment to keep at it.

“You can’t give up on it,” she said. “This was my third time trying out. ... Put the time in and go do it!”

The American Idol Live! tour stop in Portland is scheduled for July 20. Tickets are available online at AmericanIdol.com/tour and at aeglive.com.

This year American Idol Live! has partnered with the Melanoma Research Alliance. For every ticket purchased for the tour, American Idol Live! will donate $1 to the Melanoma Research Alliance to help cure melanoma, a skin disease whose incidence is among the fastest growing cancers.




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