'American Idol' contestants come to Arena at Gwinnett Center


Special Photo Several contestants from "American Idol" come to Duluth on Sunday as part of the American Idol LIVE! tour.


• What: American Idol LIVE!

• When: 7 p.m. Sunday

• Where:The Arena at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth

• Cost: $30.50 to $66

• For more information: Visit www.gwinnettcenter.com

DULUTH -- The ballots have been decided and a winner was crowned on May 23, so now it's time to make a T-shirt and poster to represent your favorite singer who was able to stay on the "American Idol" stage as long as the votes came in.

On Sunday, Gwinnettians have a chance to get an up close and personal look at their favorite "American Idol" contestants this weekend because 10 of the top ten finalists are coming to the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

Chips Ahoy! and Ritz present American Idol LIVE! with finalists Colton Dixon, DeAndre Brackensick, Elise Testone, Erika Van Pelt, Heejun Han, Hollie Cavanagh, Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet, Phillip Phillips (Season 11's winner and Leesburg native) and Skylar Laine taking stage this year.

"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 on the "American Idol" website. "We are truly excited to bring our contestants on tour across America directly to our fans' hometowns."

The hometown hero for the Georgia crowd is Phillip Phillips who took the title as the new "American Idol" winner in May. He's known for his song "Home," which was his coronation song that was released after his final performance on the show.

"That was a Phillip song and there is nothing on the radio that sounds like that," said Jennifer Lopez, who is one of three judges on this season's "American Idol."

If you need a better reason to go to the concert than watching these finalists, $1 of every ticket purchased is being donated to The Heart Foundation, which helps save lives and eradicate heart disease.

For more information about the foundation, visit www.theheartfoundation.org. Doors open at 6 p.m.