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New 'American Idol' champ Jordin Sparks has a hectic summer ahead


By Christopher Rocchio, 06/27/2007 

It's shaping up to be a busy summer for recently crowned sixth-season American Idol champion Jordin Sparks, who'll be juggling preparations for her debut album with her participation on the Fox mega-hit's 2007 summer concert tour.

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"Nothing can prepare you for what happens afterwards," Sparks told Entertainment Tonight on Tuesday about life following her Idol win.  "I still can't believe it is actually happening.  It has been great. I asked for it, and I am so glad I got it."

Beginning next week, the 17-year-old Glendale, AZ-native will embark on the show's American Idol 2007 concert tour that will span 56 dates and 35 states over the course of two-and-a-half months.  While Sparks will be accompanied by Idol's other sixth-season Top 10 finalists, the underage Idol winner also plans to take some family members along for the ride.
 
"My mom is going to come for the first leg of the tour," she explained to Entertainment Tonight, "then my nana and then my uncle is going to come because he loves music. I was, 'You need to come with me.' He is 23. It is going to be really cool."

When she hasn't been busy rehearsing for the tour -- which kicks-off Friday, July 6 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, FL -- Sparks has also begun reviewing potential songs for her upcoming debut album.

"I actually got a couple of songs the other day," she told Entertainment Tonight. "I love them. I am so excited about them. I haven't gone and recorded anything yet. We are still in the starting stages of it."

Flights between tour locations and Los Angeles will be the norm for Sparks this summer, and while she's confident her stamina won't fail her, she's hoping the same can be said for her talent that won over the Idol audience.

"I am just praying that my voice stays up," she told Entertainment Tonight.


(Photo credit Fox)


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