American Idol runner-up Alejandro Aranda was scheduled to perform on Live with Kelly and Ryan after the finale last week, but that didn’t end up happening. Host Ryan Seacrest explained why on the show, and it begs the question of how Alejandro will fare as a touring musician.
The Season 17 winner was announced to perform the day after the finale, with the runner-up scheduled to appear on the show the next day. Winner Laine Hardy performed last Monday, but Tuesday brought no Alejandro performance. As Ryan explained, Alejandro didn’t want to get on the plane to New York.
Alejandro Has A Fear Of Flying
Ryan said he spoke to Laine and Alejandro during a commercial break about flying out to New York on a red-eye, which he said he does every week. That’s when Alejandro told Ryan that he’s afraid of flying. Since he lives in California, Ryan explained that he took a train for his hometown visit.
Ryan held up a photo of Laine and Alejandro about to get on the private plane the show provided for them. However, apparently Alejandro got on the plane and then decided he didn’t want to fly, so they stopped the plane for him to get off.
What Does This Mean For Alejandro’s Career?
This is a very interesting revelation about Alejandro, considering he recently announced that he’ll be going on tour this July. Although three of the shows are in California, the rest will require a much longer trip — Washington, D.C., Brooklyn, Boston, and Chicago.
Will Alejandro face his fear and get on a plane to those gigs, or will he insist on ground travel? A fear of flying seems like it would be a major hindrance to a musician who presumably wants to share his talents with more than just his home state.
Alejandro Isn’t Alone
As some commenters pointed out on the above video of Ryan and Kelly, there have been successful artists in the past who didn’t like to fly. Aretha Franklin, for example, feared flying and toured by bus.
Maybe Alejandro can manage traveling by bus and train, or maybe he’ll overcome his fear. As mjsbigblog.com points out, he apparently took a plane to Hawaii earlier in the season. We guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens when July’s tour rolls around.