'Idol' Worship

Seeing is believing, as the American Idol tour allows its mostly female fans to keep dreaming of instant TV celebrity

July 23, 2006|By STEPHEN KIEHL AND CHRIS YAKAITIS | STEPHEN KIEHL AND CHRIS YAKAITIS,SUN REPORTERS

HERSHEY, PA. -- At the end of the show, a stunned Haley Sattazahn stood alone with her mother in the center of the arena floor. The 10-year-old girl with the dirty blond hair and summer tan was turning over in her hands a gray skullcap that only moments before had been -- are you ready for this? -- on Ace Young's head!!!

"I can barely breathe," Haley said, gasping for air. After a moment, she told the story of how she had stood on her chair, leapt into the air and caught the cap that Young -- who finished seventh on American Idol this year -- had thrown into the mad swarm on the floor. She fell off the chair, but like a seasoned ballplayer colliding with the fence to catch a home run ball, Haley kept a tight grip on her prize.

AMERICAN IDOLS LIVE / / 7 p.m. Friday / / Verizon Center in Washington / / Tickets $48.50-$72.50 at ticketmaster.com

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