American Idol

American Idol

David Cook and Phillip Phillips

Performances Start November 1

In 2008, David Cook was crowned American Idol after a nationwide vote. In 2012, the crown was placed on Phillip Phillips’s head. Both of these recording artists have enjoyed robust album and single sales in the years that followed, and this year both of them are on tour, performing at venues in Florida in the same month.

David Cook will be performing five different tour dates at four venues across central and south Florida. On Saturday, November 1 at 8:30 p.m., he will be performing at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts’ Amaturo Theater in Fort Lauderdale. On Tuesday, November 4 at 7:30 p.m., he will perform for fans at High Dive in Gainesville. Thursday and Friday, November 6-7, are the dates for his performances at EPCOT’s America Gardens Theatre during the annual Food and Wine Festival. On Saturday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m., he will be performing at Ruth Eckerd Hall’s Capitol Theater in Clearwater.

Phillip Phillips will be making four stops in central and south Florida, with the first being on Tuesday, November 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. The next night, Wednesday, November 12, he will be at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota, with a show time of 8 p.m. His next stop is Hard Rock Live Orlando on Friday, November 14 at 8 p.m., followed up by a performance at Hard Rock Live Hollywood on Saturday, November 15 at 8 p.m.


David Cook was raised in the town of Blue Springs, Missouri, east of Kansas City. He became interested in music at a young age, participating in Christmas programs all the way through grade school. He was given his first guitar at the age of 13 and wrote his first song two years later. He formed a band, which for many years was voted one of the best independent bands in the Kansas City area.

Originally, David Cook had not planned to audition for American Idol at all. He appeared at the auditions to support his brother, who did not advance to the Hollywood rounds, and when David was noticed by producers, he agreed to audition. Throughout the contest he was a fan favorite, and he won on finale night with 56% of the nationwide vote. He broke Billboard records when eleven of his songs from Idol debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 in the same week. His singles “The Time of My Life” and “Light On” have been certified platinum. David is currently recording material for his upcoming third album, and this nationwide tour is his first in three years — and fourth overall.


Phillip Phillips was born in Albany, Georgia and grew up in Albany and Leesburg in southwest Georgia. He first got into music at the age of 14 and learned how to play the guitar shortly after. His musical influences are  Jonny Lang, John Butler, Dave Matthews, Damien Rice, Mumford & Sons, Tool, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin. He describes his sound as “jazz and rock alternative” mixed together.

Phillips appeared on the eleventh season of American Idol in 2012 and was notable that season for being the only contestant to never place in the bottom two or three. As a testament to his popularity, on finale night, 132 million votes were cast, breaking previous records. His debut single, “Home,” went quadruple-platinum in the United States, peaking at #6 on the pop charts and topping the adult contemporary chart. He has released two studio albums, The World from the Side of the Moon in 2012, and Behind the Light this past May.

Tickets for both artists’ tour dates are on sale now. Tickets for the David Cook tour dates start at $25 for the Fort Lauderdale performance, $20 for the Gainesville performance, $94 for the EPCOT performances (the price of a one-day ticket), and $32.75 for the Clearwater performance. Those tickets can be bought online by going to,,, and Tickets for the Phillip Phillips tour dates start at $39.50 for the St. Petersburg performance, $50 for the Sarasota performance, $33 for the Orlando performance and $25 for the Hollywood performance. They can be bought online at,,, and, respectively.

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