Lauren Beckham Falcone of the Boston Herald writes: “OK, all you hot and bothered fans who are suffering from the McPheever. Take a Tylenol. Taylor Hicks should be the next ‘American Idol’. Sure, Katharine McPhee can belt out the tunes and look longingly into the camera, but she’s Linda Eder-lite, another pretty girl from Sherman Oaks who thinks it’s a California birthright to become a star… Hicks is the real deal. The 28-year-old, gray-haired honky-tonker is sincere – right down to his spastic stage antics. And what’s wrong with his dancing, anyway?”
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