ROCKFORD -- "American Idol" star Clay Aiken will perform Aug. 23 at the MetroCentre, arena officials announced late Thursday.
Tickets -- $39 -- for the 7:30 p.m. concert will go on sale at 10 a.m. May 15.
Aiken, runner-up in the 2003 TV competition, finished a solo tour with 2002 "Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson last month. He launches his debut solo tour July 6.
General Manager Corey Pearson said the MetroCentre will partner with JAM Productions on the show, splitting costs and profits evenly.
"I really think this has the potential, with the following that's out there for 'American Idol,' to sell out," he said.
Pearson declined to disclose how much money, if any, the MetroCentre might pay upfront to guarantee the performance. He said 6,500 seats would be available, and the MetroCentre could turn a profit by selling fewer than half.
In November, a matchbox twenty concert underwritten exclusively by the tax-subsidized downtown venue lost $27,000.