American Idol 2012 finalists, including Charleston’s own Elise Testone, will tour the nation this summer, appearing at the North Charleston Coliseum on August 6. Tickets go on sale May 11 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased online at, and

The tour, presented by Chips Ahoy! and Ritz, kicks off in Detroit on July 6 and concludes in Milwaukee on Sept. 11. The U.S. Air Force Reserve is an associate sponsor.

American Idol finalists are Colton Dixon, DeAndre Brackensick, Elise Testone, Erika Van Pelt, Heejun Han, Hollie Cavanagh, Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet, Phillip Phillips and Skylar Laine.

“Every year we are amazed at the extraordinary wealth of untapped talent that is discovered on American Idol and we couldn’t be happier with this season’s top 10 contestants, said Iain Pirie, president of 19 Entertainment, which produces the show. “We are truly excited to bring our contestants on tour across America directly to our fans’ hometowns.”

The American Idol season finale will air May 23 on Fox. Visit for a full list of tour dates and links.