American Idol Tour Scrapbook

Couldn't make it to the show? Go behind the scenes with Katharine, Taylor, Ace and the rest of the crew on – and off – the stage. By Cara Lynn Shultz with Carrie Borzillo-Vrenna and Monica Rizzo

PRESIDENTIAL SWEET

Before their presidential address, the Idols (from left, Lisa Tucker, Paris Bennett, Taylor Hicks, Mandisa and Kellie Pickler) got a tour from the First Lady's press secretary, Susan Whitson. Whitson and Hicks have a long history: She was the AI champ's ninth-grade English teacher.