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One evening when I had about decided it might be my last night to watch American Idol, into the audition room entered a quiet man. Hicks’ first audition. He appeared older than his reported age due to his silvered hair, his reserved mannerisms, his politeness. He was asked by Simon Cowell what he was doing there and why he was there to try out for Idol. His quiet, reply “I want my voice heard, because I think I have one.”

That audition performance was like none other I had ever seen on Idol. One moment the silver-haired, composed, soft spoken man was just standing there, the next he exploded into Sam Cookes’ “Change is Gonna Come”. Judge Paula was appreciative and asked for 20 more seconds. Hicks smiled and burst into “Swannee River”, knee slapping, clapping, swaying, and fearlessly belting the song out.

It was a portent into what “changes were gonna come” … Fearless is Hicks. He attacks the stage like a tiger let loose, spilling it all out, giving everything he has. He is amazingly, completely infectious – magnetic, a quality that all of the truly great entertainers have possessed. His “Taking it to the Streets” performance was brilliant; his introduction clip prior to the performance, provided background insight while simultaneously demonstrating his sense of humor, faceted genius. Talk about “pulling a rabbit out of your hat”! Taylor Hicks has been previously described in articles as “the dark horse” of American Idol. This dark horse is proving he knows how to run a good race.

19E and American Idol owe Taylor Hicks. He is bestowing American Idol and 19E yet another controversial and interesting season. The responses in the press, over the web, and for the show overwhelmingly have been generated this year over the silver-haired Soulman. Having a performer like Hicks just further guarantees this show’s longevity. The A.I. viewers are seeing that contestants may not all come from the throngs of pop-tart-dom or rocker-wanna-be’s. We might actually find through AI5 what we have secretly been seeking; the likes of Buddy Holly, another Elvis, another Ray Charles; A real American Idol. Big shoes to fill, but I understand Taylor sports a size 14. He can handle the pressure.

The public loves their Idols. We are intrigued and enamored by our celebrities; we love our heroes, be they sports figures, actors, or musicians. American Idol was developed with the premise of finding and delivering heroes for the public to idolize, ergo the name! “The Powers that Be” that created this program recognize what the public really wants and have worked to provide the promise of a true American idol. By glorious accident this year, they have discovered they have a bonafide newsmaker and a real star on their show, and his name is Taylor Hicks.

The Modern era Mack-Daddy of Soul.

I knew the moment I heard him sing in that initial audition, he was it. He had IT. I watched him, transfixed – I saw the looks of attention and astonishment on Paula and Randy’s faces, they too saw the Possibility of IT.

Give the Silver-haired Soulman a listen; one of his songs, “(It’s a) Soul Thing”.

Groove on Soulman.

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  • http://sterfish.blogspot.com Sterfish

    Taylor is one of my favorite contestants and I agree that he is someone fresh and really has a good chance to win it all. Even if he doesn’t, he certainly has a chance at a career in music.

  • Laurie

    I think Taylor Hicks should win this compision by a land slide and if not then there is something wrong with America!!!

  • Auntie Cindy

    Jewels~ Youe ARE a WRITER, girl!! I APPLAUD YOU!!:c) I sure hope Taylor reads this someday, You will definately make him PROUD! To quote you
    “By glorious accident this year, they *(AI)* have discovered they have a bonafide newsmaker and a real star on their show, and his name is Taylor Hicks”~ABSOLUTELY!!

    THANK YOU JEWELS!! How fortunate we are to have your presence! (((HUGS))) Auntie Cindy :c)

  • Leo Nelson

    Taylor hicks is a clear entertainer in my mind. A refreshing part of American Idol. Sometimes I am at my computer, doing my work, but when Taylor Hicks comes on, I always stop and watch, I am always fasinated. He brings out the best in American Idol. Thank you for this singer, this true American Idol.
    Leo Nelson

  • claytay

    Thanks for a great article. You get Taylor! And yes! He has IT!

  • Alex

    Let me tell you why i like Taylor hicks. I saw his audition also. At first i thought he was ok. Then after few weeks i did n’t watch. I start to watch top 24. Then searched web how he came to top 24 with simon rejecting him outrightly?. …Then start to watch his audition tape 2000+ times again and again.
    He was prophetic about “change is gonna come” . The song is written for his life in advance. What can i say. What a timing. Every one like taylor loves to be part of TAYLORS success journey. I see how he pleads “give me a chance” “give me a chance” ..classic moment. Every time Simon reject or critic him , i see his face, nothing happens in his face. He takes it all. Remarkable.

    Even though he can bring down the house , he is mortal , he is human , he makes mistakes like “EASY” and “NOT fade away”. That ok. he is allowed to make mistake. It is our journey to success.
    Now spread thejoy taylor gives you to every one. Let every one see taylor audition tape.

    Go TAYLOR!.

  • http://indemnification.blogspot.com -E

    He is my fave as well. Something about watching him just makes me smile and feel good. If he doesn’t win, I sure hope he gets a deal (a better one since the winners never get that great of a record deal anyway). I’ve not bought any albums from anyone involved with American Idol. I would totally buy Taylor’s.

  • Candice Wilson

    From Candice Wilson from Manitoulin Island Ontario, Canada to: Taylor you are the best. I am a Canadian, so therefore i cannot vote for you but you are in my heart and i have no doubt that you have what it takes… I loved your 50’s tribute. You had my husband and I up dancing… You are the best one in that competition by far and WE hope that you win. Also, I am a hairdresser in Ontario, and no matter what anyone says about your hair, it is beautiful… so don’t change it!!!! you are awesome and we love you!!!!!!

  • VotingTaylor

    You got it so right. Taylor had me from his audition when I felt like I’d been a fan all my life and would be one forever. I can’t wait to see and hear what he will do next. I haven’t felt like that since waiting for the next Beatles’ single. And yes that dates me, but good for Taylor that he has a voice for people of every age.

  • http://musical-guru.blogspot.com/ Michael J. West

    Oh, God. I hate Taylor. Seriously? All these people like him the best? Do you all like Michael Bolton too?

  • http://www.taylorhicksblues.blogspot.com Jewels

    No, can’t stand Bolton. What on Earth are you talking about? Comparing Hicks to Bolton? Again, What?

  • sueann, nashville, tn

    i love taylor. as a matter of fact i think hes the best thing ever. i fell in love with him when i saw his very first audition. i find it remarkable that he is so non-conforming to what he thinks america wants to see but how he feels comfortable portraying his real self. that is so very respectable. it is so unfortunate that taylor lived here in nashville and i never had the luck of ever hearing of him or meeting him. taylor, if you ever read this, when and if you ever make it to nashville again, look me up.

    sueann griffith,26 nashville, tn

  • http://gratefuldread.net NR Davis

    Ms. Richardson, I had been planning to ask which contestant you preferred. This fellow Bo Bice fan has fallen for Taylor Hicks’ song stylings too. He had me at his first audition… and I would love to see him go all the way. I suspect that America, though, as it did last year, will reward safe and mainstream, which sure as heck isn’t Taylor.

  • http://www.taylorhicksblues.blogspot.com Jewels

    Ms. Davis, you should have known I’d pick Taylor! I love the type of music he does – I am a big blues and jazz music fan. He is unique, masculine, and has real talent. Don’t doubt the dark horse, he has a few more ‘rabbits in his hat’.

    I admit I was not knocked down by the last performance as it came across televised, but if you watch the video, it is smokin’! The video clip gives a more intimate feel to the performance. He is different and his individuality makes him very sexy. I love his voice.

  • cathy

    I ENJOYED YOUR ARTICLE ON TAYLOR! I FELT THE SAME WAY AS YOU WHEN I SAW HIS AUDITION.HIS SOUL HAS SOUL AND THE MAN HAS TALENT. HIS VOICE AND SHOWMANSHIP ARE GENUINE AND HE HAS A CONTAGIOUS FEEL GOOD SOUND THAT MAKES YOU FEEL HIS MUSIC.THE MAN HAS HEART AND SOUL AND A HELL OF A VOICE.THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I HAVE EVER VOTED FOR ANYONE ON IDOL BECAUSE HE MADE ME WANT TO HEAR MORE .THANK-YOU!

  • Linda (Prattville)

    This is the first season of American Idol that I have ever bothered to watch. And I was hooked the moment I saw Taylor Hick’s audition. Man was I hooked. Some of the others are good to, but Taylor has them all beat in my opinion.
    He just seems to make ya want to smile when he performs. We are so proud of him here in Alabama.
    I can’t wait to see some of Taylor’s music hit the store’s. I would love to hear Taylor sing “Soul Man” On AI. If Taylor is reading these posts, Please come to Montgomery or Autauga to play sometime. You have many fans down south.
    Linda :-)

  • http://americanidol.onourtv.com/ Jill Manty

    I love Taylor Hicks! Thanks for this great review of a great musician. I think he is, by far, the most unique contestant who has ever been on American Idol.

  • http://TabithaHoward Tabitha Howard

    What a great vocal talent we have in Taylor. The thing with him is that he knows what to do with himself while belting it out. I love the moves, the looks, the soul, the voice and the personality. I feel lucky to see him on the rise to stardom. I find myself glued to every second of his performances. He has my vote every week. Thanks Taylor!! I can’t wait to hear what you have for us next.

  • Pat (Birmingham, Al)

    I totally agree…He is totally fresh and appealing..He is genunie and humble and just loves performing. Music is his life and each time he performs he shows that..As Paula calls it “Passion” and that’s what Taylor is all about! …I have been fortunate to live in Birmingham, Al and have seen Taylor perform live before he went on Idol and I have to say he is still the same way…No gimmicks or anything that is pure Taylor everyone is seeing on stage..He just can’t play his harmonica on stage and to me that’s a shame because he can rock on it…He has a great sense of humor and wants to perform at 120%. I love you my Bama Soul Man..I’ll be voting for you until the end…You deserve to win!! Soul Patrol, Baby!!

  • Trish in Philly

    Great article, and I couldn’t agree more.

    I absolutely fell in love with Taylor the first time I saw him. I think he’s too original to ultimately end up the winner this season, but I think this is most likely for the best since the AI contract is very limiting.

    And just for the record, in spite of the big hullabaloo about Chris Daughtry “stealing” Live’s version of “I Walk the Line,” he too really wows me. I tune in every week to see Taylor and Chris and would spend money to see either of them, the ultimate endorsement.

    Many of the performers this season are very talented, but I wouldn’t spend money on most of them–at this point anyway.

  • http://www.taylorhicksblues.blogspot.com Jewels

    Thanks for all the Tay Hicks support. Check out this posting by Gray-Haired Dude.

    Simon says:

    On MSNBC Last night Simon Cowell said the following to Rita Cosby:
    Rita: “Who do you think will win? What’s your prediction on who’s gonna win? Who’s gonna take it all?”

    Simon: “I have a horrible feeling the public is going to vote for Taylor, and I’d prefer Chris.”

    Seriously Simon, I’m working to help you get that horrible feeling.

    Groove on Soulman.

  • Marcia

    I knew the first time I saw Taylor Hicks that he
    was different. I wasn’t real sure in what way he was different, though. When I first heard him sing, then I knew. He is awesome. No matter what he sings, being so versatile, he is great. I am so impressed with him, I just can’t wait until Tuesday comes around. He doesn’t seem to have an attitude, like some of the other contestants, he just rolls with the punches. GOOD LUCK TAYLOR!!!! YOU DESERVE TO WIN!!!!!
    p.s. Loved TROUBLES

  • kathy

    Taylor is awesome but he needs to pick up the choice in songs. I really want him to win but he should please sing some songs that let him belt it out. Something by Cocker, Rod Stewart or Bob Seger,,,,come on Taylor, at this point you need to WOW everyone.

  • http://www.taylorhicksblues.blogspot.com Jewels

    Seriously. kathy, I watched tonight and wanted to just go through the TV. He has such a Great voice, he could do So much; yet as I posted in my blogspot; as a spoiler; he picked That song by John Denver. I will elaborate on this further. Really not a good night for Tay – bottom 3 next week a possibility………………………..

  • http://ZANESVILLE,OHIO.YBRIDGECITY DON BROWN

    TAYLOR HICKS IS GETTING KNOWN IN OAHU,HAWAII. MY DAUGHTER,SHANNON AND ALL HER FRIENDS IN THE NAVY WATCH YOU TAYLOR EVERY WEEK. AND I RECORD YOU HERE IN ZANESVILLE OHIO SO WHEN SHE COMES HOME WE WILL WATCH YOU AGAIN. YOUR THE BEST AND WOULD LIKE TO SEE YOU PREFORM IN PERSON. GOD LOVE YOU. THE VEARY BEST WILL COME FOR YOU. FRIENDS DON

  • qtkat

    Ok,,,,,I used to at least respect some of Somon’s critiques, although I agree he could be more polite. Tonight tnough, i think he just does not want Taylor to win. Saying that Taylor’s performance was “ridiculous” is RIDICULOUS. Simon said he was afraid America would vote Taylor as the next American Idol,,,,well let’s prove to him he is right about Taylor on that one. RIDICULOUS Simon.

    Kathy

  • Taylor fan from TN

    Wouldn’t the photo of Taylor at the top of this site make an awesome cover for his first release.. or maybe a shot of him standing at the mic playing harmonica..

  • kathy

    It should have been Ace,,,,,,,,what a fake. I really like Bucky,,,he seems so real, sweet and funny. I’ll miss him. Got to celebrate Taylor though,,,,and next week,,ROD STEWART,,,,it better be gooood.

  • Macario

    Say it ain’t so….Bucky gone???? Oh well, on to the next one. Ace totally escaped this week, let’s make sure he and his cheesy, look I’m crying, don’t vote me off look” do not come back after next week, what a chump!

    America, let’s make sure Elliott is not ever again in the bottom three, how about we get rid of Katherine, she stinks

  • http://www.taylorhicksblues.blogspot.com Jewels

    I was sad to see Bucky leave before Ace, but like he said, “Somebody had to go”. Very true. When I watch Ace, I think about all the folks early on in this season who were so convinced he was The One. Yeah right. Boy never did anything for me.

    Thanks for the comments and the Taylor Hicks support!

  • Chris

    Taylor hicks is an absolute joke of a performer. Honestly judging soley on his vocals he is NOTHING great. He has absoluteley no style and bareley sings on key to extremeley simple songs. I believe he has a horrible look and absoluteley no stage presence. He makes a fool of himself every night with his ray charles/peewee herman dance moves. He is absoluteley horrible and america would be making a HUGE mistake if they voted him as the winner. Mcphee is a girl with true talent and class. She is the full package.

  • http://www.taylorhicksblues.blogspot.com Jewels

    Chris, you misspelled more words than you got correct;I can’t blame those on all typos, let’s just say your prose backs up your idiocy.

  • SoulPatrol

    Taylor is genuine, developed, genius talent. I said it when I heard his audition. I will vote for him right up to the end. I hope those producers let him do his thing on the CD–if they reel him in they’ll ruin the magic.

  • http://www.taylorhicksblues.blogspot.com Jewels

    WOOOO!!! SOULPATROL is in the house! Thanks for your post and let’s help this talented man achieve his due!!!

  • Chris

    I may have made a few mistakes in spelling, but at least i have the ability to recognize true talent. If you like taylor hicks you must have absoluteley no taste in music. He has NO talent! GET THAT THROUGH YOUR HEAD! gosh.

  • Shaniqua

    I have been a professional singer for over 13 years and to say that he sings “soul” would be an insult to my industry. Taylor Hicks is an absolute fool with no musical talent.If you vote for Taylor you obviously have a mental problem. Vote Paris she sings soul, not that idiot Taylor!

  • http://www.taylorhicksblues.blogspot.com Jewels

    Wow, Did anyone notice who had the most votes tonight?
    Well, let me break it down like this – Taylor Hicks.

  • http://www.taylorhicksblues.blogspot.com Jewels

    Matt, sadly your post was deleted. Such an intelligent diatribe too. Stay sweet.
    Oh, and thanks for your post, eventhough you were uhm, censored – I guess for being so naughty.

  • http://Talentspotter Mary

    I pride myself on being able to spot talent immediately. I picked him as the winner from day one! He has the charisma of Dean Martin, the soul of Simply Red and last night’s performance sealed the deal–I pictured him on a Vegas stage with the likes of Sammy and Frank–at that moment he became a true star! No matter the outcome, he will be big on concert or Vegas circuit. I believe if he records that Sam Cooke song, it will be a hit, I for one would love listening to it over and over again–he has got it in Aces, sorry bout the pun Ace, you were great too!!

  • http://adamantsun.blogspot.com SteveS

    I came across a site earlier today dialidol.com which uses software (it claims) to analyze the busy-ness of the phone numbers. It said it had predicted 17 of the last 19 eliminations correctly. Check out their prediction page.

    It predicted that Chris, Paris and Ace would be the bottom three with Ace going home. Now I came across that site early this afternoon and apparently it had been predicting it for several days. Chris being in the bottom three is a surprise and the fact that it got the votes dead on must give some credibility to the site’s claim. And it’s now correct on 18 out of 20 eliminations for the last two years.

    Now it’s projecting the winner and don’t read further if you don’t want a spoiler, (although it’s not a guaranteed spoiler, I suppose).

    It says that one person has consistently gotten the most votes, and that whoever is number 2 (which can vary) has never even come close to the number 1 person since voting began. That person is Taylor Hicks.

  • Dave Nalle

    Steve. If you factor in the margin of error that site lists, then Elliott Yamin and Taylor Hicks are essentially tied. They’ve got Katharine McPhee third. IMO she is going to end up winning, because she’s been more consistent than the other two, so as the remaining weeks pass they will be more likely to have a truly bad performance and get eliminated by a fluke downswing of support. Plus Hicks is a freak and Yamin is boring as hell.

    Dave

  • http://www.taylorhicksblues.blogspot.com Jewels

    Steve, your are reading what I read. Taylor has consistantly ran with the highest number of votes. Another barometer to possibly estimate the odds in his favor, the A.I. forum. On their boards Hicks has more than double the response than anyone else on Idol plus he’s ranking more posts than the general board concerning all the contestants.

    I think this explains the judges attitude towards Hicks this week. Especially Cowell’s – they’ve been told by you know who with the show that he’s The “Gravy Train” right now. I knew he had the It Factor from audition one, that this season needed to maintain interest in this year’s show.

    Another barometer I am measuring Hicks with is my Hicks blogsite. Numbers TuesTay (as is called in Taylor Hicks circles) and Wednesday soared over 2000 percent higher than its top highest average. I had Clustr Maps and tracksy contacting me. My site is freaked out and I guess maxxed out – working to repair the damage from the onslaught.

  • Renee

    He’s the Best thing to hit Idol. Never liked this cheesy show – but watched one night outta nothing to do and there was Hicks. I’m Hooked.

  • Mike

    My wife, unfortuneately is in Love with Hicks – this is her article. I’m trying to repair her blog from the Killer onslaught this week…free sites can suffer from massive input. She is thrilled. I am confused. Taylor I like from a guy’s standpoint in that he’s not a gay-type guy like Ace. But man, I am living with a woman I have adored for over 10 years and she is Over The Moon for Taylor Hicks. Gone. When Bo Bice happened wasn’t nothing like this. But that is only one tip of the iceberg. She is in so many frays, fighting fights and championing people I know nothing about. Her issue – she thrives on “pushing and publicizing her ‘heroes’, Man, if she digs you – she Can Make It Happen For You. What freaks me out is that she doesn’t give a damn about monetary compensation – she’ll go off on a tear a ‘make somebody, some thing, some issue, do it well and too much of the time do it for nothing. She’s going to freak when she sees I have entered this area of her life…. Speak good words for me when my “tiger woman” comes to ‘kill me’.

  • kathy

    Awwww,,,,cute Hubby ya got there Jewels,,,,, Taylor’s rendition of LEVON beats the original, hands down,,,if they don’t realease that, win or not, they are foolish.

  • http://www.taylorhicksblues.blogspot.com Jewels

    Kathy, he’s embarrassing at times, guess this answered the why of the blog I have, not working yet; too busy chasing my links and not my HTML.
    Back to topic, “Levon” was a great rendition. I am getting revved about tomorrow.
    Thanks though, for your comments!
    Tomorrow is TuesTay!

  • MK

    I thought Taylor did great tonight, in spite of what the judges said. Every time that guy is on the stage, I sit up in my seat. That’s a sign that he does have “it.”

  • Roxanne

    Taylor is the bomb! What was his voting number!!! I am freaking out!!! Company came, off with the TV. Help 1.5 hrs to go to vote. Help!!!! What is his number?????

  • Chris

    The judges finally got it right last night! Too bad they didnt recognize that was the way he has sang every single week. Oh well at least they finally grew some ears! By the way, can any of you people hold a tune? Sometimes it takes an ear for pitch to recognize whether people can actually sing as opposed to flinging their arms wildly during a performance. KATHERINE IS THE BEST! sorry taylor.

  • Chris

    seems like america got it right too :)

  • http://www.taylorhicksblues.blogspot.com Jewels

    Hey, we all have our ‘off’ nights, days, whatever applies. He wasn’t Great, but last night he was still gorgeous.

  • http://www.taylorhicksblues.blogspot.com Jewels

    Chris, nice trolling. But hey, this isn’t “The Billy Goat’s Gruff” story. Go find your Kat McCHEEse site and – well whatever you do there. Adios.

  • Chris

    Oh please! Taylor has been acclaimed for his “talent”, but i dont think his looks is one of his best attributes to say the least!

  • Chris

    And in response to your “billy goats gruff” remark, posting on katherine sites would do me no good. My purpose on these sites is to possibly change the minds of mis-guided americans that may be responsible for voting taylor as the winner. Maybe if i get through to a few of you it might make a difference. Every vote counts!

  • http://www.taylorhicksblues.blogspot.com Jewels

    Chris, by calling him ‘gorgeous’ I wasn’t just talking about looks, it encompasses charisma, the “it” factor, but yeah, he has nice ‘eyes’.

  • Chris

    Oh yeah and the reason I even bothered this site was that when i googled “i hate taylor hicks” ironically this is the first site that comes up! hehe

  • asssHllllEeeeYYyy

    … i agree withhh the l0vee 0f myyy lifeee chrisss =) this is s0ooo gayy all of you have no livesss whatsoeverrr lmaooo

  • http://www.taylorhicksblues.blogspot.com Jewels

    Well Chris, it seems we have some things in common, I too like to fight for certain issues, causes; my attachment to this cheesy show, American Idol withstanding. Call me “Crusader Rabbit”, but you will not come on my blogs to detract folks from Hicks without a fight. McCHEEse had a good night in her lovely CHEESE yello dress, and she does sport some nice ‘pipes’ but she lacks charisma, charm, whereas Hicks is The Man with the Whole package, charisma, charm, vocals AND huge sex appeal.

  • Chris

    Alright then i suppose we can agree to disagree. There is still so much to say, but i grow tiresome. Lets just wait it out and hope the best person wins. COUGH MCPHEE COUGH

  • Robin

    What is 19E? thanks Robin

  • http://www.taylorhicksblues.blogspot.com Jewels

    19E is short for 19 Entertainment. Here is the Wikipedia description of 19E if anyone else needs clarification. Thanks for your question.

  • Robin

    Thanks, Jewels. That’s what I thought, but wanted to be sure. Robin

  • http://Kentucky Jenram47

    I also fell in love with Taylor at the audition.He has something that the world has been missing and yearning for,something different and unique.I have glanced at AI in the past..but after seeing Taylor that 1st day,I have been hooked, I am glued to the TV on Tuesdays & Weds.I doubt very seriously if I watch it again after this season, afterall after you’ve seen the best..why bother? Love to Taylor

  • Merrymax

    I’m totally obsessed with Taylor Hicks. He is such a breath of fresh air. Love him, his style, moves, singing and anything he does. America recognizes this talented young man who appeals to all ages. He is the American Idol! Great comments from everyone and happy there are so many others out there that feel the same way. Taylor, I’m going to vote my fingers off every Tuesday for you.

  • lizzie

    It must be an American thing, but most English (Brits) people I’ve spoken to think Taylor is a bit weird. When he stands still and sings he is fine, but otherwise he drives us mad. Please vote him off for the sake of your British ancestors!!!!

  • Carrie

    Lizzie — Wow. I have talked to quite a few Brits and they LOVE Taylor. To each his/her own.

    Taylor’s original music is incredibly good. The show does him no justice whatsoever. I do admire Taylor for going on the show, though. Otherwise, we would have never gotten to see this wonderful performer/singer/musician. He is so much more complex than singing 90 seconds on the Idol stage. I can’t wait for this show to be done so we can get some more original stuff from Taylor. EXCELLENT stuff. And his rendition of “Georgia” is impeccable. Check it out.

  • Carrie

    I just really hope that if they do sign Taylor to a contract that they don’t try to change him. Look what happened to Bo. :(

  • http://www.taylorhicksblues.blogspot.com Jewels

    Thank you Carrie, but Lizzie is obviously one of the trolling implants sent to sabotage Hicks.

    They are now coming out in droves. I know a good many Brits who love and adore him, and Irish, and Canadian, and South American, and Asian.

    The list could go on. Nice try Lizzie, but no cigar.

  • http://www.taylorhicksblues.blogspot.com Jewels

    Carrie, thank you for that, but Bice is doing just fine. He’s able now to provide a better life for his loved ones, and at least we’ve heard of him and can enjoy his music. That CD isn’t bad. Just not what we expected from The Biceman. What we expected, it will come in time.

    Regarding Hicks, I think that is one thing 19E and A.I. are afraid of – Hicks is very different from Bo, and I’m not taking anything away from Bo, but they’ll have a tougher time with Hicks…if you know what I mean…

  • Carrie

    Yes, I do know what you mean, Jewels. Bo’s CD is okay, but I feel like they tried to make him into what he wasn’t. Honestly, that is why I’m a bit scared for Taylor.

    I just saw a Fox poll that asked “What remaining male vocalist is the best on AI?” (or something to that effect). Almost 70% of the responses went to Taylor, followed by 24% to Chris and 6% to Elliott. That floored me. I just don’t want Taylor to actually win and get trapped into all pop songs. His UTR CD is so great because it’s unique. I think he is a really talented songwriter in that he understands music and can convey that meaning to others. I don’t know. I am so torn. I just know that I am happy that Taylor has been able to bless millions of people with his music. At least AI has given him the opportunity to do that.

  • http://www.taylorhicksblues.blogspot.com Jewels

    I’m glad the poll favored Hicks so highly. I think Taylor’s not the type to allow them to cookie-cutter him; that may be the reason for the seemingly sabotaging treatment he is being given. Chris Daughtry has been TCO, and Kat McCHEEse running close second. The fact Kat’s McFather was manipulative enough to approach the judges table after their critique of the W. Houston song, and was allowed to, speaks volumes. Also every bloody show he’s sitting there with tears streaming forth and the camera has to zoom in, and take advantage of ‘the moment’ (agh!)- gives AI good television.

  • Carrie

    Jewels — I HATE when they show Mr. McCHEESE crying every week. I guess he’s just a proud parent, but it’s really annoying.

    I think you might be right about the treatment Taylor has received being a response to him not allowing them to cookie-cutter him. Taylor’s critics say that all the other people had to change their songs, blah, blah, blah. But Taylor had to do it the day before…and for the craziest reason I have ever heard. I think those who say that Taylor is being treated by Simon the way that Clay was are completely correct. I liked Clay in Season 2, but I wasn’t passionate about his music, like Taylor. It bothered me that Simon was awful to Clay, but it really ticks me off he does it to Taylor. Well, we all know what happened with Clay compared to Ruben! :)

    It’s no wonder Taylor looked ticked off in last week’s performance. My thing is that I want Taylor to be allowed the creativity he has shown on his own. As an objective music lover, I find his “Under the Radar” CD really good. He goes from catchy songs like “Soul Thing” to story telling in “The Deal.” I love his talent. This is the FIRST time I am SO looking forward to a CD coming out!

  • http://www.taylorhicksblues.blogspot.com Jewels

    Carrie, yes, you could tell Hicks was pissed last week, it radiated from him. Slimon seemed so overly smug too. Well, I think Hicks has a surprize in store for Simon this week.

    I looked forward to Bo Bice’s CD, and will look forward to Tay’s. Love his “Under the Radar”. Good tunes.

    It was ironic how Slimon pimped Reuben over Clay and Clay just smoked him in CD sales.

  • Mike

    Now, I’m not one to attack artists because I firmly believe art is art, and to try to qualify it is only asking for arguement.

    This is the first season I’ve watched AI. I broke my leg in a car accident, and I’ve been house-bound since then.

    Having said all of this, my vote has been going not to Taylor Hicks, but to Elliott Yamin, because I think Elliott, not Taylor, shows his soul and has true, TRUE vocal talent. Yes, I will admit that, although it isn’t my taste AT ALL, Taylor has a distinctive voice, and seems to care about what he does, but he seems really smug to me. As a trained singer, I think Elliott is the only one with a really strong and versatile vocal instrument. I do believe he will go home soon because of what this competition represents, and that Taylor will win. Again, this says a lot about what the American public prefers: Taylor the (odd, gyrating, average singer) entertainer, not Elliott, the talented, humble understated artist.

  • http://www.taylorhicksblues.blogspot.com Jewels

    Thank you, Mike for your comments. Elliott does have a beautiful voice, and should be able to parlay his outstanding talents into a career. Taylor Hicks, though is the Entertainer of the group. He completely won the night tonight and showed the others how it is done. The Mack Daddy was in the house! and on the floor, and …just WOW!

  • http://gratefuldread.net NR Davis

    Darn tootin'; he kicked major butt last night. As Taylor would say, WHOO!

  • Carrie

    Mike, Elliott has a great voice in his own right. You said you are a trained singer. Elliott has a terribly fast, heavy vibrato. I love the tone of Elliott’s voice, but this quality of his voice grates on my nerves. Chris also has this similar vibrato, except Chris sounds like a goat because of it. I, too, am a trained singer and can recognize talent. They’re all talented in their own way. Everyone has their own opinions and that’s great. But to say that Taylor’s voice is average seems to me that you haven’t been really listening. The man can sing.

    That said, you can’t compare Elliott’s and Taylor’s voices. I told you specifically why I do and don’t like Elliott’s voice. But I would never say, “Taylor is better than Elliott.” They’re not comparable. Elliott has his style and Taylor has his as well.

    The one thing that I will say is that Taylor FEELS the music. As a singer, did you catch the inflection in “Something” when he said, “something in the way she wooooos me.” It generated spontaneous applause from the audience, not because it was a big, huge note, but because it was heartfelt (and in my opinion, sexy!).

  • Carrie

    By the way, Mike, I don’t think Taylor is smug at all. If you are referring to him laughing at the judges last night, I think it’s because he is thinking, “Well, I can’t please them, so I’m just going to do my own thing and not give a crap about what they say.” If you really want to know the truth, I think the whole “Play that Funky Music” song was a sort of “F-You” to Simon and all the other powers that be. The show has tried to mold Taylor into what they want, but it is a letdown because his fans know how great he really is. Well, the real Taylor was back last night. He, in my opinion, was the only contestant who showed that he could really put together two diverse performances. He showed fun, whacky Taylor and smooth, vocally-rich Taylor.

  • Carrie

    Oh yeah, and Jewels, how right you were about Taylor having something in store for Simon! Taylor’s first number had Simon speechless! WHOOOOOOO!!!

  • http://www.taylorhicksblues.blogspot.com Jewels

    Carrie, regarding “Chris sounds like a goat” – I don’t think I’ve actually said that anywhere, you know, out loud, but I have always thought it!

    Ms. Davis, “WHOOOOOOO!” is right!

    A few thoughts, on the other contestants:

    I find Katharine lacking in that I don’t see or feel she connects with the music. She’s too busy vamping and mugging at the camera and not really immersing herself in the songs. The second song of the night that she sang was indeed the best, the first a real train wreck. I was reminded of a little girl who likes to have her picture taken, and be center of attention, “Look at me Daddy! Look at me!” Katharine delivers a trained, decent vocal performance. (I’m so glad McFather did not bawl into the cameras again.) What made season one’s Kelly Clarkson so great; the ability to immerse herself in the music. You see where that talent took Kelly.

    Chris is being so Pimped I can hardly stand it; and yes, he does seem like a nice guy, but let’s focus on the music. Same, same, same. I really thought he’d do Shinedown well, he just couldn’t pull a Brent Smith. He had to stammer and make excuses for himself …a rocker that can’t rock more than a few tunes without having trouble?

    Elliott is a sweetheart, I do like some of the songs he has performed, but he’s not winner caliber.

    The way Taylor handled the night was genius; first song he let loose his rowdy side, the second, a great singing performance. Taylor’s handling of “Something” brought to the forefront how really fine he is as a singer. The ‘feeling the music’ is a huge part of the delivering the product successfully.

    Regarding my thoughts on Tay having a surprise for Simon, Carrie, I’m getting a feel for how Tay ticks – he needed to pull another rabbit out of his hat. (Ta Da!)

    Next week, he’s going to surprise not just Simon, he’s going deliver a surprise to everyone. I can’t wait!

  • http://gratefuldread.net NR Davis

    Ms. Richardson, I’ll say it aloud. Chris has talent and seems like a fine human, but HE SOUNDS LIKE A GOAT. The man actually bleats.

    Elliot is talented and nice and real, but HE IS DULL.

    Ice-cold Kat McPhee has a lovely voice and is pretty, but so what? Her voice is not nearly as good as she thinks and she comes across as smug. SHE’S ALL TECHNIQUE, NO HEART.

    It’s Taylor who has the chops, the passion, the excitement, the personality and more. He is, as has been said previously, the whole package and SUCH a joy to watch (or even to hear with eyes closed; his “Something” moved me).

    And dig this: I hear those twerps at Vote for the Worst are backing Taylor now – but NOT because they think he’s the worst in any way. Their support for Tay is motivated by VFTW’s belief that AI is sabotaging the Soulman in order to boost the Goat and the Kat. I hope to see the rogue site succeed in its first noble effort by helping make Tay Hicks the American Idol.

  • http://www.taylorhicksblues.blogspot.com Jewels

    Ms. Davis, I lurk on VFTW’s site often. I knew after Kellie was gone, they’d come to Tay’s aide. It is obvious to anyone really paying attention to this show what is going on. The folks on the VFTW site are intelligent, funny, entertaining, and usually spot-on regarding the performers. They, as a group possess, or maybe they’re just possessed (!!!) with a unique evil sense of humor and perspective. What VFTW stands for is not so much bringing down any one contestant, they just like to poke their virtual fingers in the eyes of 19E and AI.

    I liken their joining up with the Soul Patrol as a sort of Catwoman coming to the aide of Batman to beat the Joker. ;)

  • http://gratefuldread.net NR Davis

    Wow, that description is dead on, assuming that Catwoman is VFTW and the Joker is 19E.

  • http://www.taylorhicksblues.blogspot.com Jewels

    Exactly, Ms. Davis!

  • Carrie

    Ha! Ms. Davis said the GOAT and the KAT! I never thought of it like that. I have always thought that Chris sounds like a goat. And he cannot sing properly. Sure, he can pretty much carry a tune, but he does not sing properly at all. I bet Taylor was cracking up inside when Chris’ voice was going from singing a few songs that day. Taylor’s been doing that for years and he still has a voice! :)

    You both mentioned VFTW. I find it funny that most of the people on that site did not like Taylor’s “Something” at all. I thought that was one of his best performances. I will say that the more I watch it, the more I fall in love with it, but I was still blown away the first time I saw it. I wanted to say, “Now, that, Simon, is a vocal masterclass.” But at least simon pretty much complimented him. Speaking of VFTW, some people are convinced that Taylor gave a shoutout to the “_sshole Patrol” at the end of his performances. Apparently, Taylor’s dad was on the news where they brought up VFTW and his dad said Taylor is happy about it because he understands why he is their pick.

    What really bothers me about Kat is her ability to smile all the way through a sad song! Last week I wanted to say, “You have NOTHING! Why are you smiling?” (after her “I have Nothing”). This week, she sang another sadder song (Black Horse is not a happy song, no matter that it’s upbeat). Why the heck was she smiling the entire time? Grrrrr. I do think she has a nice voice, but geez. Feel the song a little at least!

  • Carrie

    And another thing that has been bothering me is some of the news reviews on Taylor. I think it was People that called PTFM “undisciplined.” What? Others called it a wreck. MSNBC totally ripped him. EW gave a very positive review, though.

    It’s so sad that people don’t “get” Taylor. Some people think Taylor is trying to win with gimmicks like dancing and falling down on the stage. Personally, I thought that was the most hilarious thing ever. He was thumbing up his nose up at the powers that be and Simon. Honestly. And some think that he did it as a way to say to Chris, “See, I can sing lying on the floor too.” I don’t think that at all, but it’s a funny thought. I don’t think Taylor’s that vindictive. I just thought PTFM was hilarious…and he sang it well! :) That’s the ironic part. He dances all over the place but he can still sing perfectly. I’d say PTFM is right up there with CLTCL for me. I think CLTCL was a bit better vocally, but who cares?

    Oh, and one more comment. What is up with Randy Jackson totally dissing Taylor? On “Something,” he started out negative but never finished his critique: “Okay the cool thing is you chose a good song, but…you know, Paula, we need to have a Beatles night.” It’s like, where was the critique? He started off negative and didn’t even go anywhere with it. Simon busted out laughing when he did this. I still don’t know why. Plus, someone said that Randy totally forgot about Taylor in an interview where he talked about the performances. He mentioned everyone else except Taylor…like he wasn’t important anymore. That’s pathetic. Now TPTB have the judges pimping Chris (and de-pimping Taylor) for them.

  • http://gratefuldread.net NR Davis

    I’m glad Taylor knows the reason for his VFTW anointing. He is most assuredly not the worst.

    The Kat embodies the worst of singers like Whitney and Linda Ronstadt. Technically, great singers. Great singers. But both leave me cold on an emotional level. McPhee’s performance of the fab KT Tunsdall tune was OK – the reason she was on her knees eludes me – but yes, she obviously had no idea of the meaning of what she was singing. Why are people falling all over this girl?

  • yodaddy

    there are lots of very popular singers who don’t technically have great voices, so the pontificating of “trained singers” (who therefore profess to be more qualified than others to identify talent — though i do not believe that necessarily follows, but if they need that conceit to assert their validity, so be it) means little in this horse race. it is the performer who connects emotionally with the voting audience who will win. even if it could be proven taylor has the best voice, i wouldn’t buy his records — but i would buy chris’s, because he connects with me.

  • Carrie

    What about Chris connects with you? I’m just curious. I like to hear all viewpoints.

  • http://gratefuldread.net NR Davis

    True, and many of us would not consider buying anything by Chris because he doesn’t connect with us.

  • http://www.taylorhicksblues.blogspot.com Jewels

    yodaddy, I wouldn’t buy Chris’ music, like Ms. Davis said, I just don’t see any connection. He sounds like most of the rockers out there today. If you want to listen to the kind of rock he has been trying to do, pick up a “Shinedown” CD. One difference, Brent Smith can go on for hours without breaking down…

    Carrie, regarding what they were bantering about in VFTW, “Something” – you just have to take it with a grain of salt so to speak. It’s not in their nature to hand out praise. If you have a one on one conversation with the site Founder, as can be found on their site and GrayCharles.com, he is really a fan of Tay’s. Some of the folks on VFTW just have to snark. They can’t control it. ;)

    Randy’s riding the Pimp Machine. That’s all there is to it.

  • http://Desi123 Desirea

    Every one is going to hate me for this but I have to say it. I do not like Taylor Hicks. I am so upset that he has made it this far. Don’t get me wrong I like his style of music, and I like that he gets in to it. Am I the only one that hears him! He is not consistantly good, and to me you have to be good each time your out there. He is off on his notes a lot but of course he makes up for it in his goofy ways. For some reason people like that he looks like he is having a seizer every time he dances. It reminds me of William Hung, every one liked that he was so terrible…he even came out with CDs. Of course he isn’t as bad as William Hung. The world is crazy, we are suppost to be voting for the most talented. I hate that Taylor has such a big following, to me he doesn’t deserve to be an American Idol. I think everyone likes him because he is different from all the others. Its nice to be different but you also have to go for how well they do. Chris shouldn’t have been voted off he is way better than Huckelberry…I mean Hicks. Hicks stop looking at the camera you scare me.. you look like a child molester. Chris has been consistantly good…practically the only one that has. I’m sorry if I made everyone upset, its just how I feel.

  • http://www.taylorhicksblues.blogspot.com Jewels

    Everyone’s entitled to their opinions. Regarding, “he looks like he is having a seizer every time he dances., it’s ‘s e i z u r e’ and no he doesn’t look like he’s semi-epileptic. America voted, as ‘they’ say, and Chris is out.

    Simon looked particularly nauseated didn’t he? Made me smile.

    I adore everything Hicks does, he is a lightning bolt force of crazy nature.

    Groove on Soulman!

  • http://gratefuldread.net NR Davis

    Apparently, Ms. Desirea cannnot grasp that there are many people who DISAGREE with her on the subject of whether Taylor is “good” and on whether he is – apart from dancing, being “goofy” (as the anti-TH talking points instruct their minions to describe his performances), and showing off his personality – a talented singer. Hicks fans contend that he IS. Whether you agree or not, Ms. Desirea, you must accept that others DO consider Taylor the best SINGER of the bunch – and the WHOLE package (something many contend the other remaining contestants don’t have).

    Respectfully submitted,
    NR Davis

  • http://Desi123 Desirea

    Wow! Looks like I hit a nerve…oh, I didn’t realize you were going to correct my spelling. I guess I will take my time and make SURE I SPELL everything correctly for you. You need people like me here, because doesn’t it get pretty boring talking about how GREAT and WONDERFUL he is. I have to rev you guys up, and it looks like I did. I liked Taylor at first, but honestly he annoys me now. Wait… let me check my spelling…. okay I think I’m good, unless your doing grammar next. I really like you girls, I’m glad that you made a comment. Doesn’t it make things interesting? Bash me all you want, I love it!

    Desirea ;-)

  • http://Desi123 Desirea

    I’m disappointed nobody has made a comment :-(
    Should I misspell something maybe that wood…ooops I mean would get your attention! Remember… seizer.. no I’m sorry its SEIZURE. Its funny how upset you guys get about TAYLOR, its really serious business for you. You guys are so obsessed, he could be picking underwear out of his butt and you would say: OMG I CAN’T BELIEVE how TALENTED he is, I can’t wait to smell his hand! Sorry that was really gross, but kinda funny…wait.. kind of funny would be the correct grammar. I’m waiting for a comment, you must be away from your computer watching reruns of your beloved Gaylor…um did I spell that wrong? I know I’m going over board on the obsession of spelling you have. Hey, at least you not just obsessed with Taylor.

    Respectfully Submitted
    Desirea ;-)

  • Jewels

    Desirea, you’re a sad little troll who needs to realize “The Billy Goat’s Gruff” is a fairy tale so you can stop auditioning. You’ve many misspelling and grammatical errors, but frankly you are boring, not worth anymore time except for this last post. In the future your trollishness will not garner any further comments. You, my apparently sick and challenged darling, need to get yourself a life. This is an article about Hicks, but you in your sad and I guess unhappy existance want somehow to feel you matter so you’re attempting to change the focus to you. You’re out.

  • Desirea

    Wow, you are making me sad :-(. I really don’t care what you have to say, I just love reading it. Calling me a troll… please… you are ripping out my heart. Sorry that I’m so challenged, clearly you are far more superior than I. I should bow down to the princess! Just because you don’t like what I have to say…doesn’t mean you have to hurt my poor little feelings. Darn…too bad I’m not worthy. Well, I guess I will go back to my happy…oh I mean my unhappy exitance. Since I guess I am not wanted here…who would of thought that, I am completely shocked. Do you know any other fairy tales that I can audition for? Oh, I’m sorry…. I forgot I was OUT.

    Desirea

  • Desirea

    Ms Jewels, I’m sorry for everything that I said to you. I have been really stressed. I have been taking care of my sister in-law and nephew, on top of that… I have two children of my own…three if you count my husband. There have been a lot of things going on that would be too much to describe. This is my outlet, I am so sorry that I said those things. I just reread what I wrote and I feel so terrible, you have every right to say the things you said to me. I promise I won’t be back; this is the last time I am saying anything to you. Hicks’ is pretty good I’m just upset about Chris, on top of everything else. I guess you were right about me having an unhappy life. The only thing good right now… is my babies.

    Desirea

  • NotATrollHonest

    I kind of enjoyed Desirea’s dissenting opinion. Sure it was a little overboard at times (like Taylor) off key at times (like Taylor) and didn’t lack for enthusiasm (like Taylor). I admire Taylor’s ability to get out there and put what he has out there – the problem I find is that it isn’t much. I personally think anyone of the 3(including now defunct Chris) others have much greater talent and professionalism. Sure you can pick at any of them and find fault – Kat’s cooler professionalism, Chris’ less versatile repertoire, and Elliot’s warble. But all these seem minor to me compared to outright goofiness, lack of vocal talent, and incredible cheesiness of Taylor – I think with ADR you could substitute any song he has sung onto any performance and get exactly the same goofy performance. This to me simply is not talent. At the risk of been pilloried and burned at the stake I’ll say it – Simon is right “Karaoke bar/lounge singer” is right. Doesn’t mean I can’t like or even respect a good lounge entertainer – I just expect perhaps unrealistically, more from a nationwide talent contest. Let the flames fly. ;)

  • http://www.taylorhicksblues.blogspot.com Jewels

    ‘NotATrollHonest’, I don’t condemn alternate perspectives, but Desirea overstepped my patience. I admit I do have a temper; Desirea was working on turning the topic into a bash fest with her as the main attraction. It was just getting messy. I was bored with it. Call me mean.

  • NotATrollHonest

    I’m with you there – I can see your point – everyone has an opinion. Actually, that’s kind of the point isn’t it? I would like to AI operate on that same principle – 1 peep one vote… but clearly that isn’t really how it works. Sigh. I do appreciate the polite reply, thanks,

  • Sue Morris

    I LOVE Taylor “Tadpole” Hicks

  • harry/soundguy

    everytime i see taylor sing and let loose,its honest ,fun,unpredictable.get ready america,he IS the package.you will see him on tv-acting,you will see him on stage-singing,you will feel him in your heart-being taylor

  • Gaylor Dicks

    hate this piece of silver head…hate it most when he do his “whacko-side-slung-retard-head” move. hate it where one point he had to choose one side as he wuz the top most votes…shakes chris hand and move on to the other side…what a retard jerk. such an anoying bastard

  • http://www.taylorhicksblues.blogspot.com Jewels

    Wow, aren’t you the angry one. Don’t hold back now, just say what you think. You just may be really angry next week. Check back.

  • gray haired II

    Hi all,
    I agree that TAYLOR is talented, but mostly entertainingly talented. Further yet, soulfully entertainingly talented. He proves gray haired people can sing and dance, and make people vote, because he is GREAT. More people have voted for the “Idols” than for the President Elections!
    Woooaaaa!!!!!!!!!! Taylor keep on keeping on.

    Nana

  • whatever

    This hick is the reason I stopped watching the show. Can’t sing, can’t dance (Elaine on Seinfeld moves way better than he ever could). I’m glad to see the words ‘seizure’ and ‘epileptic’ come to at least one other mind in America when they see this joker on stage. Truly horrible. Anyway, this contest is rigged, so it’s hard to care about the results, one way or the other.

  • http://www.myspace.com/michaux Michaux

    Love ya Taylor Hicks! This is America’s music!!!! You are US and WE sent the music industry a big fat message!!!! Much love, ~ Michaux
    Hicks’ sound is more classic soul and R&B, which isn’t among the current priorities of the ClearChannel empire. That means it’s not heard on the radio very often.
    Perhaps that’s the point. The 63.4 million votes that led to his victory could be read as a signal that maybe not everyone is in the market for cookie-cutter pop music. Maybe the viewers are asking for some variety in their radio diet, rather than just another manufactured Jessica Simpson/Britney Spears clone.
    http://www.myspace.com/michaux

  • Lori

    Taylor Hicks is one of the best things that EVER happened to American Idol and the American public. Can’t wait for his CD!

  • LEIGH

    HAS ANYONE HEARD THE NASHVILLE SESSIONS? i JUST GOT MINE TODAY AND THEY ARE AMAZING! TAYLOR AT HIS BEST! GO TO TYLERMUSICGROUP.COM AND GET A COPY FAST!!!! YOU WILL NOT BELIEVE THE QUALITY OF THESE SONGS. ESPECIALLY THE FALL! GO TAYLOR!! YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!

  • FLORIDIA FAN

    TATLOR IWAS HOPING SOMEONE IN MY FAMILY WOULD HAVE TAKEN ME TO THE CONCERT AUGUST 6 IN TAMPA FOR MY BIRTHDAY THAT DID NOT HAPPEN. WELL I AM ON THE COMPUTER WRITING THIS ,WELL I TOLD MY DAUGTHER AND HUSBAND THAT OUR DAUGHTER IN LAW KNOWS CARRIE THAT IS MALISESIA MAVEES COUSIN MAYBE THERE IS A CHANCE I MAY STILL HAVE A CHANCE THAT I CAN MEET YOU AND HAVE A KISS ON THE CHEEK FROM TAYLOR HICKS BECAUSE YOU ARE SO REAL AND I JUST KNOW THAT YOU ARE 1 IN A MILLON PERSON THAT CAN CAPTURE AND I HOPE YOU WILL ENJOY
    THE HEARTS OF SO MANY
    WITH YOUR SINCERITY THAT IS FELT IN THE WAY YOU PREFORM AS IF YOU YOU WHERE SINGING TO EACH PERSON. THANK YOU FOR THE PERSON ISEE IN YOU AND ALWAYS BE TRUE TO WHO YOU ARE THAT IS WHAT MAKES YOU SO AWSOME YOU HAVE A GODNESS ABOUT YOU THAT WILL TAKE YOU WHERE EVERYOU WONT TO GO THERE IS SO MUCH HEART IN THE WAY YOU GIVE YOUR TALENT TO OTHERS TO ENJOY , I AM GLAD YOU ARE OUR FAVORIT AND ENJOY WHAT IS AHEAD,ALL WHO VOTED ARE ARE HOPING THAT ALL WILL GO WELL FOR YOU IN YOUR NEW ADVENTURE WE ARE IN YOUR CORNER CHEERING FOR YOU AS YOUR RISE TO YOUM GOALS WE WIL BE HERE IN THE BACKGROUD TO SEE YOU GO FOR YOUR DREAMS go and continue to make us proud! FROM HAZEL J. BRACKIN IN TAMPA FLA. [Personal contact info deleted] MAY GOD STAY CLOSE TO YOUR SIDE AS YOU GO .

  • FLORIDIA FAN

    TAYLOR I JUST SENT A MESSAGE TO YOU I SEE MY TYPING IS NOT THAT GOOD I HAVE JUST STARTED TO USE THE COMPUTER FORGIVE THE MISTAKES.I HOPE YOU YOU UNDERSTAND I AM ONE THAT VOTED AND HOPE YHE BEST FOR YOU .GOD BLESS YOU IN ALL YOU DO. FROM HAZEL J. BRACKIN TAMPA FLA [Personal contact info deleted] I WISH I WHERE THERE TO ENJOY THE SHOW TONIGHT IN TAMPA, MAY THIS BE THE BEGINING OF HAPPINESS AND DREAMS COME TRUE

  • FLORIDIA FAN

    I JUST TOOK TIME TO LOOK AT THIS SITE, I DONT TOTALY UNDERSTAND TAKING WITH OTHERS OVER THE NET. MY HUSBAND HAS ENCOURAGED ME TO LEARN.THANKS JEWELS.I WANT TO RESPOND TO DESIREA,NOT TO FEEL PITTY FOR YOUR STRESS BUT I HAVE A TOTAL UNDERSTANDING OF HOW LIFE CAN BE.BACK TO TAYLOR HE IS WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS MORE OF THESE DAYS. LIFE IS SO SERIOUS.HE BRINGS A LITE HEARTED FEEL TO THE WAY HE ENJOY HIMSELF.HE IS HAVING FUN AND BRINGS IT ACROSS TO OTHERS. HE IS DIFFERENT JUST THINK OF OTHERS WITH THAT SOMETHING DIFFERENT. AS CHUCK BARRY, STEVIE WONDER, ELVIS, THE BEATTLES,THE BEACH BOYS AND OTHERS THAT SO MANY ENJOYED AND STILL LOVE TODAY. I DO THINK TAYLOR WILL ALSO GIVE MUCH AS WELL. SINCERLY,FROM A FLORIDA FAN PS THANKS IF YOUALL HAVE BEEN TOLE RATING MY TRING TO DO BETTER TO THE COMPUTER THING AND PRESSING SOME OFF KEYS MYSELF

  • FLORIDIA FAN

    JEWELS WHERE ARE YOU??? i like reading your comments. I JUST READ ALL THE RESPONES. I THINK THIS IS SO COOL I CAN EVEN FIND THIS SITE AGAIN, I AM GOING TO TELL MY DAUGHTER THAT I AM A HIGH TECH GRANDMA!!! FROM FLORIDA FAN HA TAYLOR ,YOU ALWAYS MAKE US PROUD!!!!!!!

  • http://www.jewels-richardson.blogspot.com Jewels

    Florida Fan – I’m doing some travelling and so could not get on-line regularly. I’m so glad you enjoy this site and the posting. We have a common interest in Taylor Hicks, he’s a phenominal, savvy entertainer. You’re doing fine with your postings, just take the all caps off. You can visit my blogspot with more links to Taylor sites. The A.I. forums are fun too.

    I had fun writing a blog for blogcritics the other day comparing the Idol guys to the Rat Pack of the ’60’s that you might enjoy; just type in my name in google search with + taylor hicks and it should come up along with some others.

    I appreciate your returning to the blogcritics website.

  • FLORIDIA FAN

    Jewels thanks again and for your respons, I did enjoy reading this and I will be back here.I have been on this awhile. I had better do some laundry or my husband will be wearing his birthday suit to work tomarrow. thanks for the cape locks info this will help with my steps toward my high tect grandma challang. from, Florida fan

  • FLORIDIA FAN

    Taylor fans where are you SOULPATROL BUNCH I have been here many times Come on lets shake it up for Taylor!!!!! shout out to Jewels I found some of the sites you told me about and did enjoy checking them out awsome that so many are rolling along supporting our on his way to becoming this generations king of our hearts in the world of music entertanment go and grow Taylor YOU DO MAME US PROUD!!!! Floridia Fan

  • http://all high teck grandma FLA.. FAN

    I would like to say hello to you Taylor fans,lets jump out there and shake it up for **THE Taylor Hicks MAN**!!!!! TAYLOR looking forward to seeing you and to here more of your music, know your so busy with the tour. WEll what more can i say,FROM: your Fan here in sunny Tampa,Fla. soulpatrol ,soulpatrol ,soulpatrol ,whooooo!!!!!! LUV YA, TAY TAY YOU DO MAKE US VERY PROUD

  • http://jewels florida fans ron & hazel

    hi Jewels, i was finally able to go see Taylor on his feb 22 07, i was so surprized the afternoon on concert day maybe 5 hours before, my husband works for teco power he was near the theatre and i asked him to get a picture with taylor if possible . he was chatting with a sucerity gaurd that told him 18 tickets just became availibale he was able to buy 3rd row ilse seats we had a wounderful time Taylor is even more awesome than i exspected, he is a caring person that you could feel he was enjoying his fans as much as the fans where enjoying him,there is so much heart in the way he performs.i was also able to hand Taylor yellow roses with a card wishing him well on tour and praying for bleesings and safe travel and happiness as he followes his dreams. may GOD pave the way of the path each and every day!!!!! Taylor i wish i could let you know how you have touched my heart. my husband also is true fan we had a great time maybe we will see you again sometime.Taylor try to enjoy each day as it arrives! from ron and hazel,florida fans

  • cathy

    Hey Florida Fan ( ron and hazel )
    Saw you deliver those flower. Fun !!!

  • http://www.taylorhicksblues.blogspot.com Jewels

    Hello, Hazel, aka Florida Fan, I’m so happy for you that you and your husband were able to get great seats and that you were able to deliver to Taylor, in person, the roses. How thoughtful and sweet of you to do this. Taylor received a great review from the local paper, and I’m glad for him.

  • ron and hazel fl fans

    hi jewels i just tried to place a comment to cathy as you know i fairly new to using the computer. i don’t know what URL means i think i am unsure if the message was sent. thanks jewels for your last message. also if anyone has pictures of tampa concert feb 2 2007 please let me know.we didn’t know cameras where ok i dont know if it is ok to put my e-mail in this comment area so pictures could to our e-mail thanks i will try to do this right

  • anononymus

    On american idol in a results show can you vote for all of them if you wanted to.

  • cathy

    Ron and Hazel:

    This is the Cathy you were trying to contact. Just place your comment here Unfortunately , I didn’t take any pics of your flower exchange…. but I still remember you doing it.

  • ron and hazel fl fans

    hi cathy ,i have been sick this past week cold and flu. i’ve been here and seen your reply.thinking to write something back i was blank. i wish i could find a picture of my moment with taylor, but some thing just can’t be captured only as a wonderful memory !!! well i am going to rest, i am feeling better and have missed seeing my 2 grandsons they will be staying tonight. have to try to gather some energy one is 2 1/2 YR OLD AND THE OTHER 3 MONTHS. SO wish me luck1!! they are my joy i like to be at 100% when they are here i am not at that point.cathy it is good to chat with you . i am still trying to understand how to use the computer i am doing better i even know how to save things to favorites. take care and hope to hear from you. also wont to say hello to jewels from hazel fl fan

  • http://www.taylorhicksblues.blogspot.com Jewels

    Hi Hazel, I certainly hope you survived the grandchildren and especially hope you are feeling much better after being sick. I know what a trying ordeal it is to be and feel ill.

    I so love that you’re coming back to the site, you’re such a sweetheart.
    Much Love,
    Jewels.

  • ron and hazel fl fans

    hi cathy this is hazel after all this time i somehow following many links on the my space (tosp )i was going to a site to view taylor on AI finale singing ***heaven knows*** thier were other videos of recent concerts ,was watching one from tampa theatre and the song YOUNG TURKS i saw me giving taylor the roses how cool is that it was on you tube taylor hicks videos maybe you can find it. i found it the my space(tosp)taylor offishal soul patrol go to main message board if you know how to do that .i am ratter new at cumputers but my daughter helped me make a home page on my space visit if you can and remind me we talked on this site go to my space ron and hazel fl fans / if it dose not come up under that try florida fan it whould be great to have you as a friend there check it out when you can take care from : hazel also taylor will be here at ruth eckard hall aug 24 2007 if we can both get tickits maybe we can visit!!!

  • ron and hazel fl fans

    hi jewels i found the video on you tube of handing taylor the yellow roses . i have just told cathy just above this post to you maybe you can find me on my space (tosp) sometimes i see the name jewels on thier talking about taylor do you ever go there ? my space ron and hazel fl fans (OR) florida fans take care , will talk soon from: hazel

  • pboyers

    Jewells!!!!! I never saw this article before!!! You rock girl!!! awesome!!!

    You are a very good writer – any other pieces you’ve written?

    I wonder if 19E & AI feel that they oew Taylor anything….

    Go Soul Patrol

  • http://www.taylorhickblues.blogspot.com Jewels

    Just google me, the articles will pop up. This piece is Ok, glad you like it.
    Soul Patrol!

  • SuzATL

    The promotion of Chris over Taylor has been painful for a soul patroller to watch. Here’s hoping that Taylor will be able to knock it out of the park with the next CD. Still lovin’ Taylor Hicks….even though the rest of the world has moved on.

  • Katy11

    Well, having Taylor on AI did not insure the shows longevity because they decided not to appreciate him. Not to work with him, not to use his incredible talent, Instead they took the easy way, promote the status quo, the rocker, the just like everything else out there crap.
    Tell me AI, why should I EVER care who wins that show again? Since winning gets you nothing. Believe me I don’t, unless you find a way to bring Taylor back from time to time, treat him like the winner he is, I will never watch again, never vote again. Taylor gave you the most watched year, the most heavily attended summer tour and in return you have done your best to quell his career. Talent will prevail, I believe and he has it in spades. In an effort not to have another Taylor, you picked really crappy contestants and your treatment of Taylor caused to numbers to drop big time and the summer tour , after the biggest year ever was a flop.
    When wouldbe contestents see your treatment of a winner why would anyone with talent want to be on the show and if they do go on they don’t want to win. AI is sad, very sad.

  • http://www.taylorhickblues.blogspot.com Jewels

    It’s a seemingly accurate appraisal, Hicks was not treated very well by A.I. I’ll include the post-Idol CD production, the promotion – or lack of and the complete disregard during last season of the man.

    Examples, Simon Cowell instructing one of the auditioning contestants for Season 6 to place her gum on his face on the audition room mural, the lack of mention of him on the show throughout the season, and Davis pretty much ignoring him on that last episode when he performed.

    This past season the show really was full of it itself to its detriment, forgetting why folks tune in and focusing on what the producers wanted. The season was pretty flat and the tour shows that fact.

    Taylor gave Season 5 spark, life and record numbers in many ways. He drew in viewers who otherwise would not have watched the show to get interested and tune in.

    He has put out some great concert appearances on his recent tour to some great reviews. I’d like to see him get the last laugh on the Simons, and Co.

    The bloom has fallen of the Idol rose for me. I’ll watch it this season, but I view the whole process and the players behind the scenes much differently than before.

  • Shari

    Great article. I just love Taylor!