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American Idol, Underwood to play the Arena at Gwinnett Center

Carrie Underwood will perform at the Arena at Gwinnett Center on December 19. (AP File Photo)

Carrie Underwood will perform at the Arena at Gwinnett Center on December 19. (AP File Photo)

DULUTH -- On Tuesday the Arena at Gwinnett Center announced that American Idol Live! and Carrie Underwood have scheduled performances at the venue.

On Aug. 5, 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 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."

Tickets for the show go on sale May 11 from Ticketmaster.

On Dec. 19, Carrie Underwood, winner of season four of "American Idol," will be in Duluth as part of her "The Blown Away Tour" with country singer Hunter Hayes opening the show.

"I can't wait to get back out on the road and perform new music from my new album for my fans," Underwood said in a recent press release. "We have a lot of exciting things planned."

For this tour, Underwood is donating $1 from each ticket sold on the North American leg to support Red Cross disaster relief.

Tickets go on sale May 24 from Ticketmaster.

For more information about the Arena at Gwinnett Center, visit www.gwinnettcenter.com.