American Idols 2012 Brought Down the House at the Gwinnett Arena

August 6, 2012 2 Comments »
American Idols 2012 Brought Down the House at the Gwinnett Arena

Last Night the Idols made fans bow down to the rhythm of the boogie at the Gwinnett Arena during the Idol Live  sold-out tour!

I got the chance to meet and greet all 10 of the Idols before the concert. And they were bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready to shake hands, cut up like hams (Phillip Phillips let me take a silly pic of him)  and receive  the throngs of VIPs snapping pics while chatting and moving along an assembly line of sorts to meet the cool, calm and collected crooners. I met Colton Dixon, DeAndre Brackensick, Elise Testone, Erika Van Pelt, Heejun Han, Hollie Cavanagh, Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet, Phillip Phillips and Skylar Laine. I asked Joshua Ledet when he was going to do a duet with Aretha Franklin, (because the boy can blow) and he chuckled and said, “hopefully soon.” Phillip Philips looked very healthy after undergoing kidney surgery.

Phillip Phillips letting me take a silly pic of him

On  Sunday the powerhouse singers from American Idol made a tour stop in Duluth and tore the Gwinnett arena up!

The concert was like American Idol all over the again as if they all were competing to be number one by belting out tunes that made my toes curl!

Jessica Sanchez and DeAndre Brackensick

Some highlights of the show was Phillip’s surprising rendition of an Usher song! What was Phillip doing singing Usher’s Nice and Slow! But he put his own twist on it and really brought the house down with his easy remix that had all the ladies lip-syncing along.  One of my favs, Jessica Sanchez blew the roof off the mutha singing Ike & Tina’s Proud Mary! Where in the world does that little lady get all that emotion from? Jessica also blew Beyonce’s “Best Thing I Never Had” out the box! And my man Joshua got on the good foot, channeled James Brown and blew up away by singing “This is a Man’s World.” Unbelievable. The boy is BAD (as is REAL GOOD!)I thoroughly enjoyed the show, which was also sponsored Chips Ahoy, Ritz and by AT&T and the “It Can Wait” campaign.

The “It Can Wait” campaign is a pledge to NOT Text & Drive and an ode to keeping the roads a little safer by driving undistracted. And let’s face it: texting and driving is just a dangerous lethal combo that can cause a fatal accident in a blink of an eye.

I also took the driver’s seat and was shocked at just how dangerous and devastating texting and driving could be with the computerized simulator that was on hand used within a real car. The realistic experience gave me a clear way to learn just how dangerous texting and driving is. The test proved just how unsafe the lethal combo of texting and driving is.

There was also an opportunity to tweet #ItCanWait behind a message and possibly see your message on the screen!

For more information about the Idol Live tour click HERE

Enjoy some pics of the rest of the Idols.


Joshua Ledet chatting with my husband about New Orleans
























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  1. Donna August 7, 2012 at 8:19 am -

    This is a really cool, down to earth write up about the Idols that stopped in Duluth, GA; however you did not mention anything about the other idols that performed on the tour. I am sure they all had the opportunity to sing and probably did well. You did not mention DeAndre Brackensick singing his rendition of Master Blaster and I KNOW he sang it well. If you must know, I am a big fan of DeAndre’s (DreDreamer for life!)and want to read about his performance as well as the others. The group is full of talent and should written about as well as the favorites, which I think is fair to all. Yes, I know, some people have their favorites, but it would be nice to read about ALL performances especially for individuals like me and my kids who are not able to attend any of the concerts.

    Thank You

  2. cincomom August 7, 2012 at 10:25 am -

    You are so right Donna! Sorry about that! I was grooving and enjoying the show and didn’t remember some of the names of the songs but all the Idols did extremely wel and I will be sure in the future to write about ALL performers! Thanks for commenting!