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Music Review: Taylor Hicks on American Idol

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The Soul Patrolman “reported for duty” on AI5’s April 11 show.
The American Idol 5 contestant with the runaway rampant fan base that’s putting all other contestant AI boards to shame, delivered what his fans had begged for all the previous week; he tore up the Idol stage.

The silver-maned Soulman’s passionate performances have drawn rave reviews from his fans and criticisms from his detractors. He is an acquired taste and not for the faint of heart — most likely the folks who don’t understand his dance moves or his appeal probably would have been in the crowd that derided Elvis Presley in his early days. (You know The King had his own ‘spaztastic’ moves that caught plenty of criticism…)

Taylor Hicks chose the frolicky, fun Queen song “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and turned it into a dynamic high energy performance. Simon Cowell previously had been interviewed as saying he was afraid that Hicks could possibly be voted the next American Idol. (Be afraid Simon, very afraid…) After the April 11th endeavor by Hicks, Simon looked positively pale. Cowell managed to sputter how he thought the performance was “ridiculous”, and he asked Hicks, “Are you drunk?” I could see how it may be difficult for Simon to imagine being as forceful and passionate as Hicks clearly demonstrates he is – while being sober…

[ADBLOCKHERE]Currently, there are rumors in circulation that in fact, American Idol, 19E and Cowell may be in bed together to try and influence the public to seat rocker Chris Daughtry as the next contestant to be crowned Idol. Conspiracy theories are not new to this runaway popular program and have besieged it throughout its five year history with the exception of the first year. I must add, rumors are just that: “Rumours.” (Great Fleetwood Mac album – oops my A.D.D. side surfacing!)

Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul were the two judges who passed Taylor through and enabled him to get to where he is in the current standings. The Taylor Hicks fan boards ripped after his performance Tuesday night like Neon. Check out e.Bay, Dial Idol or any of the gambling on Idol betting sites, the numbers on Taylor Hicks are steadily rising, steadily on top, not to yet be matched by anyone in the competition with exception of Miss Pick-Pickler. Kellie is holding her own — this gal may not act like she knows what a ‘ballsy’ is but she definitely has a brass pair. (AI5 watchers and fans, do not underestimate this little gal. She is a 500 lb. tiger in a 100 lb. girl body. Seriously.)

Back to my favorite topic — Taylor Hicks. So gorgeous, complete with spot-on vocals; I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, the force, the energy, the very Big Cahones he is obviously endowed with to enable him to pull off the type of performances he delivers to the American Idol stage. He is “The Mack Daddy” and the force to be reckoned with on American Idol this year. Dance critics, 19E and AI5 be damned.

Groove on Soulman!

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  • Kay

    Simon’s behavior toward Taylor Hicks is obnoxious and makes me determined to vote, vote, vote for Taylor; so I loved the line “(Be afraid Simon, very afraid…)” Tayor is my pick for American Idol this year. I love his performances!!!

  • joan

    Thank you so much for expressing exactly how I feel. I LOVE this man.

  • http://www.chancelucky.blogspot.com chancelucky

    It was good to see Taylor back to himself last week. Almost none of Simon’s comments last week were terribly constructive or supported by anything.

  • Tammy

    Simon should be afraid. I don’t think Simon likes Taylor at all. simon wasn’t expecting him to make it this far. Taylor sings from the heart and everyone watching can tell it. I hope he makes it all the way.

  • Kate

    I’m really sorry…Taylor acts like a fool.
    Elvis did not look like a retard when he sang,
    Taylor does…
    Pickler is a total Blonde !!!!
    Ace is adorable
    Chris , I think will win.

  • Barb

    I have disliked Simon Cowell since AI2. Yes, I am a fan of Clay Aiken. He is doing the same thing to Taylor. I love Taylor and vote for two hours for him every week (when I can get through). I hope he wins. He is a breathe of fresh air. Thanks for giving him props.

  • Gayle

    Taylor was back! I grinned, I felt the music, I loved the voice, the moves are great – and because of who he is, he could miss the microphone stand and move on with us smiling and moving on with him. I’ve only felt this way twice before in my life…Elvis and the Beatles! Taylor has wide appeal and there are legions of fans of every age out there. Win or lose, he will be making Simon feel foolish in years to come!

  • carol

    Taylor makes you smile. Sure he is a little spastic, but this is what makes him so appealing. He is definitely an original for American Idol. I love his “whiskey tenor” voice and his love of performing. I haven’t enjoyed American Idol for several years….but he is the only reason I do now.

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

    “Kate” Regarding your low IQ and asinine remark, “Elvis did not look like a retard when he sang”. It is so sad that folks as intellectually challenged as you obviously are, resort to such gross and sad tactics. Trolls live under bridges – remember the 3 Billy Goats Gruff tale?

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

    Thanks Joan I am so in Love with this man too, I have never quite felt so intensely about a personality that I have covered in the past in entertainment like I do Hicks. And, man, he drinks freaking milk. Most rockers I covered in years past couldn’t spell milk. This is the PUSH time and if Soul Patrollers (as they call themselves) are serious – you have to PUSH now.

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

    Chancelucky – thanks man for the support. SLimon has apparently become so very Thurston Howell that he has completely forgotten his role on Idol.. Did you notice, also that Paula, in trying to clap almost missed her own hands. Poor Randy, he sat there and looked over at their ‘grab ass’ scharades like WTF am I doing here?…Is the Idol shw reaching it’s end dude or what?

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

    To Tammy, thanks for reinforcing “Simon should be afraid. I don’t think Simon likes Taylor at all. simon wasn’t expecting him to make it this far. Taylor sings from the heart and everyone watching can tell it. I hope he makes it all the way.” Well, Tammy it is PUSH time. What that means is we cannot sit back and let AI5, 19E and fat-wallet Simon Cowell, Nazi in the outcome. Voting is not enough right now – if we believe in our guy we have to PUSH him through and not let what happened to Clay Aiken and Bo Bice occur again – support for Any and All articles about Hicks have got to have a premier stage, and voice. Boards, especially AI let them know we are watching. I want to do what we/I can to not let Hicks be robbed. I entered the Bo Bice fight too late to do much; Hicks I’m fighting for him from the first time I saw him sing. He is phenominal.

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

    Carol, thank you for this, “Taylor makes you smile. Sure he is a little spastic, but this is what makes him so appealing. He is definitely an original for American Idol. I love his “whiskey tenor” voice and his love of performing. I haven’t enjoyed American Idol for several years….but he is the only reason I do now.”

    Man, my favorite thing about Tay is his spazticfantastic dancing. It’s like watching lightening in human form BAAAMMM!! pop pop pop BAAMMMM! Nothing like it in decades. Natural, human energy. Exploding. In front of GAWD and everyone.

    His voice though, it haunts me in my sleep. I love his voice, I love the songs he has written. Hicks is like a song I loved years ago that I had forgotten, then just recently remembered and rediscovered.

    Yeah it’s like that.

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

    Thank you Gayle for: “Taylor was back! I grinned, I felt the music, I loved the voice, the moves are great – and because of who he is, he could miss the microphone stand and move on with us smiling and moving on with him. I’ve only felt this way twice before in my life…Elvis and the Beatles! Taylor has wide appeal and there are legions of fans of every age out there. Win or lose, he will be making Simon feel foolish in years to come!

    I certainly hope so. He has the potential. I only hope he won’t let Slimon’s comments deride his confidence. Taylor has more talent in his smallest toe that most of the so-called artists on the Billboard charts today. We have become so inundated with Non-talent that the mainsteam audience has forgotten WTF “It” is. Hicks is IT.

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

    Kay! Thank you for being the First to post to this bit of Taylor Hicks PUSH piece. I will do this now every week. Your comments, “Simon’s behavior toward Taylor Hicks is obnoxious and makes me determined to vote, vote, vote for Taylor; so I loved the line “(Be afraid Simon, very afraid…)” Tayor is my pick for American Idol this year. I love his performances!!!” Great gal, love it – but tragically not enough – we have to write, and barrage the AI forums with the fact and obvious truth that we Know Hicks should be the next Idol; it’s not about Cowell’s pocketbook anymore. Got it?

    Groove on Soulman!

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

    Barb, thank you for your contribution to this piece of Hicks Push! Gal, we gotta work to get him through or he’ll end up another Aiken or Bo. I so appreciate your comments, “I have disliked Simon Cowell since AI2. Yes, I am a fan of Clay Aiken. He is doing the same thing to Taylor. I love Taylor and vote for two hours for him every week (when I can get through). I hope he wins. He is a breathe of fresh air. Thanks for giving him props.”

    You’re welcome. I have cleared time in my schedule (from ABSOLUTE Hell) to every week from here on out to PUSH Hicks. —IT’S PUSH TIME SOUL PATROL PATRONS!!!—

    I love how I feel when I listen to him.
    That’s it. Only Reason I need.

    Groove on Soulman!

  • Doug

    Mentioning Taylor Hicks in the same sentence as the young Elvis or (heaven forbid) the Beatles should be illegal. Whether you like him or not, saying stuff like that should get you thrown in jail. For life. Elvis’ moves weren’t the spastic, vaguely geriatric and over-eager moves of Taylor Hicks, they were the embodiment of Rock and Roll sexuality. I guarantee you that Elvis never went back to for a second try if he ever missed kicking over the mic stand.

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

    Doug, aren’t you the sweet one. Tossing me in jail for comparing Hicks with Elvis, that’s a bit random.

    I find Hicks extremely sexually appealing as do thousands of women. It’s curious how Taylor is able to draw out love and adoration from so many fans and yet also attract such powerfully negative responses such as yours.

    The mic stand miss was adorable.

    Thank you for taking the time to post.

  • Cinci

    Taylor’s moves ARE similar to Elvis. Watch some of Elvis’ early singing & dancing – practically spastic (but not in a bad way).
    Taylor puts his whole body and soul into singing – draws you right in and makes you smile – even missing the mic stand. Those who don’t like him, just don’t get it. Too bad.

    By the way, love the “SLimon” term!

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

    The man is energy, joy, and have I said sexy?

    Folks who don’t ‘get’ Hicks are just flat missing out.
    Regarding “Slimon”, just calling it like I see it.

    Thank you for your comments!

  • Sharon

    Sorry – I agree that Taylor is “fun” to watch but this show is supposed to be about muscial talent and this guy just does not have real talent other than hopping around like a sick chicken and making serious “other” sounds. Plese – let’s have someone with real muscial talent (Katherine) for instance win this show!

  • http://jackiestvblog.blogspot.com/ Jackie

    I thoroughly enjoy watching Taylor Hicks perform. He’s my favorite for the win. He can sing well, but he’s a genuine performer … not just a “singer.” I think Elliott has a better voice, but who would I pause to watch if he were on a show? Taylor!

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

    Exactly my thoughts on Taylor; he is great in action.

    Katherine is a gorgeous gal but BORING – what were those stage arm movements she did the last show? The slowly moving arms from her sides up then…down. Puhleez so overdone. The batting of her eyelashes like Bambi. Ack. Regarding vocals, I think she can sing but she’s not All That. No she’s Not.

    Elliot has a fab voice, but not the stage persona Hicks exudes. No one has ever detailed this crazy show was a competition Only about singing. Ever. It is a competition about becoming the performer voted as most exciting, talented overall…’the next American Idol’ (open to interpretation).

    Many folks start with harping it’s about the pipes…. yah, yah, yah. Pipes definitely count, you can’t suck vocally and think about going on, but Idol is about the whole package. Otherwise Elliot would win this hands down tomorrow.

    Hicks fits the whole Idol criteria. To a T. (What’s up T.? — don’t let them get to you baby!)

    Groove on Soulman!

  • robert singer

    yo Jewels check it out man. this is only a tv series to entertain you and I.
    These singers are all very good but lets keep it in perspective shall we. they are all just amatures, and for the most part Simon is right on with most of his comments. Taylor is good no question but an idol
    I don’t think so. Lets put someone in there that can actually sing like chicken little. lol another kid who should have not been there.

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

    yo Robert, thank you for your snapping me back into reality. Geez, for a moment there I thought the contestants on this show were striving for a recording contract – or something. Forgot it was just for our entertainment. I am so silly.

    Seriously, I like your tone, you’re probably a fun guy, come back and visit again. I may need future reminders on my perspectives… LOL

    Thank you for taking time to post –

  • Shelly Emery

    Taylor is the number one idol that has sul and if any of the judges don’t agree, then they don’t have much since.

  • Shelly Emery

    Taylor is the number one idol that has soul and if any of the judges don’t agree, then they don’t have much sense.

  • barfo marx

    hey jewels, i think he should win more than anyone else and i feel as strongly bout that as you do, but he wont!!!! -_- watch, i know, it is some kind of conspiracy thing, UGH i never watched american idol before this and ill probably never watch it again. taylor is a 1 time thing, and i dont know why im still watching. im just gonna depress myself when he leaves. i also vote 4 the whole 2 hrs, but it sux cuz my phone does this freaky radiation thing and it gets really hot when i use it for too long. after a while, i gotta put it on the ground and push the buttons with a stick. i mean it. i just wish there was more i could do..

  • http://babykakesmom sharon robinson

    taylor hicks is the best and he is a very good singer and i like the moves he does. keep up the the good work taylor. you get all my votes.

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

    barfo marx, you are killing me!!! That is so funny! I am absolutely crying that is so funny….

    Ok

    Trying to regain composure.

    Ok

    Still trying.

    It’s hot in here.

    Can’t breathe.
    thanks.

  • Liz

    I totally agree with your assessment on Taylor Hicks…from the first moment I saw him I loved him. He has a passion for the music that he sings and that makes him stand out from all the rest. I like Chris, however he is no Taylor. I have played the piano since I was 5 yrs old, by ear, and love music, I was born with a gift of appreciation, like Taylor.
    He, so far, has been the only idol that has been so passionate and different.

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

    Hicks is proving to be a brilliant addition to this year’s show. I think that’s one reason Simon C. has been so negative, he hates to be wrong.
    Thank you for your post.
    more comic relief please, barfo marx…

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

    I have a theory, that the Taylor bashers must have some sort of emotional/sexual disfunction to Not Get It. He is Sex on two legs singing – seriously. That’s why we love him – oh and like oreos, there is always that junk in the middle that makes ‘em sooooo good. Creamy filling. Or in the case of Taylor Hicks: Talent. Was that wierd verbal algebra or are you on to me yet???

  • Cynthia

    If ya ask me Taylor is not only a singer,he’s also an entertainer…Joe Cocker was one of the freakiest people to watch when he sang but WOW his voice burst with emotion and I think Taylors the same…Actually I LOVE to watch Taylor ,he sings from his heart and the moves right along with the singing,from his heart…He is FOR REAL!!!!!!!My saying” If ya don’t like him don’t watch him. =]I want to hear Taylor sing some JOE COCKER….

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

    I’m waiting to hear Tay deliver some Elvis!!! WOOOOOOO!

  • robert Singer

    thanks Jewels glad you took that the right way, no question Taylor can sing and should win and the more I see him the more I like him. but the american public has got some of this voting wrong and even has surprised the judges. So I am not going to hold my breath. But at this point they all have won. yes?
    Robert.
    ps Just wondering r u related to Taylor in anyway lol.

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

    robert Singer, hello again! The contestants have won by gaining exposure that should only help in the achievement of their dreams. So happy you have returned and that you are backing Hicks!

    I am not related to him in anyway -I love the type of music he performs and how he performs. I enjoy finding unusual ‘gifts’ in ordinary settings. He is an unusual ‘gift’. It’s also great fun (lol) to talk about him and Idol.

    Regarding voters getting it wrong, yes, that happens, and largely due to manipulative hype generated via the A.I. machine. It is so interesting to watch the process that can be almost subliminally utilized to direct the ‘voting public’.

    I think with Taylor, A.I., et al, may be experiencing some consternation over what exactly to do with him should he win this! I don’t see Taylor Hicks as being one to be coerced and molded like other contestants that have come before him. If the folks running this show are really smart, they will do it Taylor’s way. Commercial success can be gained in more ways than the “trite and true” method they have been chugging with over the past 4 seasons. Time for a change.

    Thanks for returning – I just recently went on a tear to investigate the background of the Elvis Presley estate situation and turned up some information of interest. It’s in a blog in B/C titled American Idol; Elvis Theme Week and Taylor Hicks. If you have time check it out.

    Two days ’til Elvis – should be fun.

  • mike

    TAYLOR HICKS CAN ‘T CARRY A TUNE IN A BUCKET.

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

    Mikie – but he can carry a bucketful of tunes. ;)
    Soul tunes.

    You should have seen the reception today in Birmingham! Tay was overwhelmed, overjoyed and energized. Just the beginning.

  • http://bonny bonny sue

    HEY I WAS FOR TAYLOR HICKS FROM THE FIRST START. I JUST CAN’T WAIT UNTIL TUESDAY NIGHTS. JUST TO SEE HIM SINGING AND POURING HIS HEART OUT TO ALL IS SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO WHEN I GET OFF OF WORK. HE IS TOTALLY AWSOME AND CAN REALLY SING. AND I LOVE TO WEE HIM DANCE. SIMON MAKES FUN OF HIS DANCUNG. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT. SIMON THOUGHTS AND COMENTS DON’T COUNT. IT IS ALL THE TAYLOR HICKS FANS AND SOUL PATROL FANS THAT COUNT AND THE ONES THAT KNOW MUSIC WHEN THEY HEAR IT. I HAVE PICKED TAYLOR FROM THE GET GO. AND HE WILL CONTINUE TO GET MY ATTENTION AND ALL MY VOTES WHEN I CAN GET A VOTE IN. FOR THE TWO HOURS IT TAKES I KEEP ON CALLING AS LONG AS THE VOTING LAST. I AM SO GLAD THAT HE HAS TWO NUMBERS TO CALL ON NOW. AND OH YES I TOO AM FROM ALABAMA. AND I JUST LOVE THAT TAYLOR HICKS.

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

    I love your enthusiasm about Hicks – did you get to witness the mayhem and havoc wrecked at his appearances? FOX 6 TV footage does not due him justice. Check out my blog and the post with the videos. The floors of the mall were shaking. Phenominal. Folks travelled from all over the country, Michigan, Oregon, California, Texas, Pennsylvania, New York just to name a few signs waved by Soul Patrollers. Crazy.

  • BJeans in Reston

    Agree with Jewels all the way. Anyone who says Taylor sings karaoke-like should be forced to do write 500 times, “Taylor has a soulful whiskey tenor voice.” Jewels writes about the force, the energy – Taylor Hicks is simply infectious. He’s got it. I thought so when I saw his first audition but thought he was too quirky for Idol fans. I’m thrilled to made wrong.

  • http://peggy peggy hicks morris

    Hey, IIIIIII LOVE TAYLOR, he has got to be a relative of mine, I have many decendents from Alabama, and I’m from a family of 5 and all of us hicks are singers. SOmeone told me Taylor has my dads eyebrows, and my dad who is also a singer is 80. SO Taylor keep up the great work and just jive your way to stardom. You are sooooo entertaining and I’m just going to believe that you are related to me or I’m related to you.
    From one former hicks to another, good luck, you are my idol!!!

  • robert singer

    Hi Jewels I agree I don’t think they will know what to do with Taylor. He is going to do it (pardon the pun) his waaaaaaay. I don’t think he will conform to all the A.I demands that will be placed on him when or if he wins. I think that young gal with the great set of pipes would suit them better, but I don’t think that will happen. Anyways nice to chat with you talk to ya soon.
    ps It would have been nice to have taken part of this whole thing as in voting but can’t do that from Canada to bad.

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

    robert singer, you know what would be fun? International Idol, just think, contestants from over the globe competing, the conglomeration of languages, culture.

    OK, maybe not…LOL

  • http://gratefuldread.net NR Davis

    Actually, that has been done. In January 2004, after the first seasons of Pop Idol, American idol, Canadian Idol and similar shows from a host of other countries (primarily European), the winners were sent to compete in World Idol. The US’ Kelly Clarkson was considered a lock to win, but she came in second to Norway’s Kurt Nilson (like Taylor Hicks, not conventionally beautiful, but certainly appealing, and you know what – that kid could SING, wow, he was so good). The idea has not been repeated since. Can’t help but toss in something from Nelson, the bully character on TV’s The Simpsons: Haw haw!

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

    I had forgotten about that! D’OH!

  • TRISHA WELDON

    TAYLER HINKS IS A JOY TO WATCH AND LISTEN TO HES FUN LOVING VERY HANDSUM LOVE THE HAIR LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT HIM I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR HIS OWN MUSIC FOR THE NEXT 100 YEARS I WOULD BUY EVERY CD HE PUT OUT THERE FOR THE WORLD TO HAER IF I WASENT MARRIED I WOULD ASK HIM TO MARRIE ME HE WOULD BE SO MUCH FUN TO BE AROUND FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE. HE HAS A GREAT VOICE AND LOOKS TO GO WITH IT HE CAN DANCE LIKE NO ONE ELSE HES GOT THE MOVES BABY ALL THE RIGHT MOVES I PRAY EVERY NIGHT HE WINS THIS COMPATITION HE EARNED IT .HE DESERVES IT IF ITS TAKEN AWAY FROM HIM I WILL NEVER LOOK AT THE PEAPLE OF AMERICA THE SAME WAY EVER AGAIN THATS A PROMISE.ONE OF MY GOULS IN LIFE NOW IS TO MEET TAYLOR AND TELL HIM IN PERSON HOW PROUD I AM OF HIM AND KEEP THAT SOUL PATROL WITH HIM FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE HE WILL ONLY GET BETTER AND HE WILL GIVE ALL OF US AROUND THE WORLD WHAT WE ALL WANT THE SOULPATROL HEAD BACK VOICE WE ALL HAVE BECOME TO LOVE SO MUCH. GOOD LUCK TAYLER IN YOUR MUSIC CAREER AND YOUR FUTURE AHEAD. I LOVE JOE COCKER AND YOUR A JOE COCKER JR BABY BRING IT HOME TO ALL OF US HERE IN AMERICA. LOVE YOU ILL BE WATCING TONIGHT LOVE TRISHA ONE OF YOUR BIGGEST FANS

  • BETTY PENN

    I LIKE TAYLOR HINKS SING PATCHES

  • JAG

    Taylor was a complete joy to watch and listen to. He was the one I waited for every week.Taylor has the gift of being able to entertain as well as sing.No one else this season or any season has captured me heart and soul.Taylor you are the BOMB.Most insults stem from jealousy,so ignore them Taylor they are not even worth a mention.

  • june bug

    Where can I send Taylor Hicks a present???

  • dimie hill

    taylor is the real man! just a cutty pie! i love him also.i’m old but he still turns me on. love ya talor!

  • MARY

    I WAS HAPPY THAT TAYLOR HICKS WON…BUT IT WAS SURE HARD TO PICK BETWEEN

    TAYLOR
    CHRIS
    ACE
    KELLIE
    KATHERINE
    PARIS
    BUT I KNOW THEY THE LOSERS ARE STILL WINNERS
    AND THEIR TIME WILL COME ….

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

    Now it is time for a whole new group of Idol wanna-be’s. I am curious regarding how this next season will be compared to last. Every year the number of viewers has steadily risen and the fan bases for the winners have grown more passionate and intense about their favorites. Devotion to the winner rose to a thunderous crescendo with Taylor Hicks. He’s still commanding a fierce following.

    This past season we saw that not only the winners can gain record deals. How this turn of events motivates the contestants will remain to be seen.

    How about that Jennifer Hudson? Proud of that gal.

  • http://www.extraplayful.com Renee

    Taylor Hicks fans should not be nervous about his career. Taylor shares the same planetary sign signatures as Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra and other musical giants…read more

  • http://www.extraplayful.com Renee

    Taylor Hicks fans should not be nervous about his career. Taylor shares the same planetary sign signatures as Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra and other musical giants…read more

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

    Regarding Renee’s stellar viewpoint of Taylor Hicks, I think the fact that Taylor Hicks’ CD has gone platinum speaks as to his popularity. News of this has reached fans via the Gray Charles blogsite, the Official Taylor Hicks blog. This is impressive and stands to confirm Mr. Hicks’ fanbase, considering sales of this number have been achieved without the benefit of radio play and the CD was released just five weeks ago.

    There have been comparisons made between Taylor Hicks’ CD sales and Chris Daughtry’s CD, with to date, Daughtry carrying higher sales numbers. Rational comparisons should include the fact Daughtry’s CD came out in November, weeks prior to Taylor Hicks’ release. Reviewing the time line, both hit platinum within about the same period of time their albums hit the charts. This again puts in mind whether we will see American Idol taking a different twist in this upcoming season. I’ll reiterate, what will be the drive to be number one when you can be a raging success at number 4? Of course talent and appeal are enormous factors.

  • nick

    actually the whole ‘platinum’ status is really a joke for taylor. if you are going by units shipped then sure, taylor is platinum. if you go by units sold which is really more important, he is about half of that. Chris Daughtry has SOLD almost 1.5 million and his single is rock-solid. Why do you think they are waiting to release a single this long? Because no radio station will play it. Hicks will be the lowest selling Idol winner ever and simon’s comment to the girl chewing gum last week on AI to “stick it on Taylor’s face” sums up how much this man is doing for the Idol franchise- absolutely nothing. It’s pretty sad when your face is stuck behind a fern plant in the audition room and you won the last season.

  • sandiegosoul

    Taylor’s CD is FAR better than Chris Daughtry’s. Chris is a Nickleback wanna-be and is the current flavor of the month – he’ll be gone within 3 years off the musical planet.

    Taylor’s music is timeless and I predict will be around touring and recording for decades to come. He’ll be a steady seller through the years and I for one am looking forward to each and every album he puts out.

    He’s a Gold and Platinum recording artist. Period. End of story. No one in their right mind is going to dig into exactly when it actually sold Gold/Platinum except for AI fanatics. He will eventualloy SELL platinum – this is not a sprint – it’s a marathon.

    Taylor is the best thing EVER to come out of AI!

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

    “stick it on Taylor’s face”, Simon is being caustic to the extreme this season. To refer a contestant to stick her chewing gum on the previous season’s winner, uncalled for; he can say he was simply joking around, but I’m doubting it was just a casual comment. I”ll have to check to see if the plant is still in front of Taylor’s image.

    Regarding the platinum status, the reasons for reporting it so stands true for any musician announced as having achieved that mark. We’ll have to see how the single does in radio play.

  • cathy

    #58, nick states:
    Hicks will be the lowest selling Idol winner ever and simon’s comment to the girl chewing gum last week on AI to “stick it on Taylor’s face” sums up how much this man is doing for the Idol franchise- absolutely nothing. It’s pretty sad when your face is stuck behind a fern plant in the audition room and you won the last season.

    Responding to comments like the above is counterproductive. Following the example of Mr. Hicks, who by the way is well worth emulating as a strong, determined, loyal, humble, classy, talented gentleman and musician, we who love Taylor will just smile and continue to be enthralled by his vocal sounds and show contentment in the fact that we found our Idol ….he is genuine , not manufactured by the PTB.

  • http://www.expage.com/smilejesuschristlovesyou Leah

    I totally agree with you — awesome review! :)
    ((HUGS))
    ~HicksChicks792 – Leah

  • anne

    Taylor is everything an American Idol should be.And they could take a lesson in CLASS from him to use on the show this year. The shows’ VIP’s and judges seem to have attended the Jerry Springer School of Entertainment since season 5 ended.

  • Dale Schultz

    Jewel–Have to agree w/you.Taylor is “The Man” or “The Bomb” or whatever!!!!
    Here’s what most people don’t get. Yes, Chris, Katherine, Ace, Elliot (and Bucky, but he’s great in his country niche) have really terrific voices, as does Taylor (do we remember when Simon said after Taylor sang “Something” We forget what a really, really good singer you are.

    Simon also apologised for thinking Taylor would not make the finals. He said, “I was wrong.”

    What I’m trying to say is as good as the other voices are, Taylor has something, the “it” that puts him way above the others. He’s in a class, a division all his own, and we are the luckier for it. Go Taylor. You are the BEST!!.

    (Ms)Dale Coe Schultz

  • play

    To all the Taylor naysayers – reporters especially…do yourself a favor and buy a ticket to his tour. This is an amazing entertainer who delivers more than is expected and will leave you begging for more. This show is brilliance. The band is spot on also.