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Tour of Duty

Marines call Josh away from ''Idol'' tour. He still hasn't completed his training, the Corps says

Joshua Gracin | SEMPER FINE ''Idol'' producers are sad to see Gracin go, but stand by his decision
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SEMPER FINE ''Idol'' producers are sad to see Gracin go, but stand by his decision

Alas, concertgoers attending the upcoming ''American Idol'' tour won't get to hear the dulcet tones and occasional country twang of musical Marine Joshua Gracin. The 22-year-old lance corporal has been called back to active duty with the 1st Force Service Support Group, his unit at Camp Pendleton in San Diego. The reason: he was ''unable to complete his required training in the allotted time,'' Major Curtis L. Hill said a statement.

Gracin, who had had his bag packed during his entire ''American Idol'' stint this spring, ready to leave at a moment's notice in case his unit was deployed to the Middle East, had been planning to join his fellow top-10 finalists on the 41-date tour, which begins July 8 in St. Paul, Minn. (Sorry, Vanessa Olivarez fans, she finished out of the running.) Instead, it was ''Idol'' voters who sent him packing on May 7. ''Idol'' production company 19 Entertainment said it was ''sad'' Gracin wouldn't be coming along, but that the tour organizers ''completely respect and applaud his commitment to the completion of his military duties.''

Still on the bill are the remaining nine top finishers, including winner Ruben Studdard, runner-up Clay Aiken, and also-rans Kimberly Locke, Trenyce, Carmen Rasmusen, Kimberly Caldwell, Rickey Smith, Julia DeMato and Charles Grigsby.

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Originally posted Jun 30, 2003
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