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Now that the stress of competing on American Idol is over, all of the top 10 finalists are looking forward to hitting the road and connecting with fans!

“Competition aside, no judges, just the fans who bought tickets because they want to hear the music,” Brooke White tells OK!. “We’re ready to connect with them and do what we love.”

The American Idols Live! Tour presented by Pop Tarts kicks off July 1 in Glendale, Ariz., wrapping up Sept. 13 in Tulsa, Okla.

On stage fans can expect a mix of their favorite Idol performances with new song choices.

“There are some songs from the show but we have our own groove going on,” Kristy Lee Cook tells OK! “So it’s like we get to do what we really wanted to do on the show and we get to pick what we want for this concert.”

Don’t worry — there will be some old favorites from the show itself.

“I’m definitely doing ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘We Are The Champions,’” Michael Johns says. “For 10,000 people to come out to that drum beat – I couldn’t resist it.”

Backstage and on the tour buses, all of the Idols are expecting a good time. Syesha Mercado has her schedule planned. “Songwriting, goofing off. Playing guitar, goofing off. Getting some shut eye, goofing off some more,” she tells OK!.

The guys are on one bus and the girls are on another bus, so don’t expect any funny business among the stars. “Oh no,” Brooke says. “We don’t really have that kind of group anyway which I think is helpful. It won’t be like that.”

But Brooke says she knows who will provide the entertainment.

“Michael Johns is pretty much the clown of the bunch,” she says. “David Cook is kind of his trusty sidekick. But everyone kind of has their little role. I’m probably kind of the nurturer, mother type.”

For the entire group, the tour is the beginning of a bright future and a launching pad for bigger things.

“It was such a great experience, the whole American Idol competition,” David Archuleta says. “But it’s nice to be able to work on yourself now and your own career and see where it goes from here.”

By Jon Warech

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