On TV: Avril Lavigne, Ricky Martin, Taylor Hicks

Pop acts on television this week include Avril Lavigne, who visits ‘The Sauce’ on Monday, ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ on Tuesday, ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’ and ‘Total Request Live’ on Wednesday and ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ on Friday; Lily Allen, who performs on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ on Monday and ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ on Wednesday; ‘American Idol’ castoff Haley Scarnato, who visits ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ and ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’ on Monday and ‘The Morning Show with Mike’ and ‘Fox & Friends’ on Tuesday; Ricky Martin, who visits ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ on Tuesday; Pussycat Dolls, who appear on ‘TRL’ via web cam on Wednesday; Regina Spektor, who performs on ‘The Late Show’ on Friday; Morrissey, who performs on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on Friday; and ‘Idol’ season five champ Taylor Hicks, who performs on ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’ on Friday.

Taylor Hicks Drops 22 Lbs.

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‘American Idol’ season five champ Taylor Hicks spoke with People magazine about how he lost 22 pounds from his 6’1″ frame since winning on the FOX hit show in May. Hicks dumped fast food and such southern comforts as fried chicken, instead going for salads, brown rice, fish and chicken noodle soup. “It’s good for your throat,” he says. “It’s also comforting, but it’s light.” The 30-year-old, now at 193 lbs, also is following a serious exercise regimen, running for 45 minutes every other day, no matter where he is. Read more.

Taylor Hicks Heads Home & Helps The Red Cross

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‘Access Hollywood’ reports Taylor Hicks has partnered with the Red Cross for his return visit to his hometown of Birmingham. Currently on his first major US tour since winning the fifth season of ‘American Idol’, Hicks has invited the organization to come to his hometown tour stop to raise funds in aid of victims of a March 2nd tornado.

Is Taylor Hicks The First ‘Idol’ Fluke?

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The Associated Press profiled the struggles of ‘American Idol’ season five winner Taylor Hicks to get radio play and sell albums after the grey haired and herky-jerky dancer faces the reality of life after the FOX hit. His self-titled, post-‘Idol’ album, released in December, debuted at No. 2 on the charts, selling 640,000 copies, but that figure pales in comparison to previous ‘Idol’ winners, and even one of the guys he beat, Chris Daughtry. “With Taylor, you’re going into an adult format,” said Tom Corson, executive vice president of J Records. “We hope it translates younger, but the music right now is much more adult. It’s a longer burn, a longer process.” Read more.

Sundance Head And Antonella Barba Get ‘Idol’ Worst Boost

March 1, 2007 – VoteForTheWorst.com is showing its influence on ‘American Idol’, with Sundance Head and Sanjaya Malakar leading amongst the men, while Antonella Barba has managed to place third in predictions behind Melinda Doolittle and Lakisha Jones with the women as of this posting at DialIdol.com.

‘Idol’ Guys Recap; Simon, Ryan & Randy Defend Antonella Barba

February 28, 2007 – Dorothy Lucey of ‘Good Day LA’ gave a run-down of the guys’ performance last night on ‘American Idol’, playing some highlights of the performances and judge reactions. Dorothy also had an update on Antonella Barba, where judges Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson, host Ryan Seacrest, ‘Idol’ alum Bo Bice, and Hugh Hefner commented on the controversy at a Playboy party. The segment, aired earlier this morning, has since been removed from myfoxla.com.

Grey Charles Tabbed As Biggest Diva On ‘Idol’

Taylor Hicks, aka Gray Charles

According to the anecdotes compiled by Star magazine, Taylor Hicks has been the biggest diva on ‘American Idol’ among contestants, while Paula Abdul gets the nod among the cast. “The minute Taylor made the top 24, he became difficult and he seemed to get worse over time,” a source revealed. All the male contestants on the show became friends – except Hicks, who since the show has seen his faddish following fall hard, being eclipsed in sales, buzz and of course radio play by two ‘Idol’ finalists he beat – Katharine McPhee and Chris Daughtry. “He was conceited and cold,” according to the insider. “Once he was in the top eight, I think he no longer wanted to be on the show.” Read more.

Carlisle: I Was Tapped To Replace Paula Abdul On ‘Idol’

February 13, 2007 – PlanetOut caught up with Belinda Carlisle for a lengthy interview, where the Go-Gos singer talked about how she was asked to replace troubled ‘American Idol’ judge Paula Abdul on the FOX hit. “As far as ‘American Idol’ goes, I was actually approached a couple of years ago about possibly replacing Paula Abdul,” Carlisle revealed. “But to answer your question [as to whether she’d want to be a judge on the show], I really don’t know. To be perfectly honest, it’s just not my thing. I’d rather listen to music that comes from a more organic place. But you know, I just … don’t know if I would or not.”

‘American Idol’ Contestant Gets Kicked Off

February 11, 2007 – Conan O’Brien joked during his Late Night monologue on Friday night, “This week, the producers of ‘American Idol’ kicked a contestant off the show when they discovered he had been busted for smoking pot. Yeah. Actually, he wasn’t kicked off for smoking pot, he was kicked off for not sharing with Paula Abdul.”

Randy Jackson Talks ‘Idol’, Responds To Jennifer Hudson

February 7, 2007 – ‘American Idol’ judge Randy Jackson talked with ‘Today’ host Meredith Vieira about the sixth season of the show, the “cruel” judges and Jennifer Hudson’s recent comments about the show’s abusive critiques. Read more and watch the segment, aired Tuesday (February 6), at MSN.com.

Taylor Hicks Performs On Board USS Ronald Reagan

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‘American Idol’ season five winner Taylor Hicks performed during holiday concert for service members and their families on board USS Ronald Reagan on Tuesday (December 19). The United Service Organizations (USO) sponsored the event that also included performances by comedians Josh Blue and John Heffron.

Pictures at abacausa.com have since been removed.

Taylor Hicks Drops By ‘The Early Show’

‘The Early Show’ co-host Hannah Storm talked to ‘American Idol’ season five winner Taylor Hicks about his self-titled debut album. Hicks discussed his musical style and thanked the fans for their support. Watch the interview and performances of ‘The Runaround’ and ‘Dream Myself Awake’, aired Tuesday (December 12), via CBSNews.com below the cut. (more…)

Taylor Hicks Talks With TheShowBuzz

‘American Idol’ season five champ Taylor Hicks talked to TheShowBuzz about his experience as a contestant on the popular television show and provides some insight on his self-titled debut album. Watch the segment below the cut. (more…)

Joe Scarborough Talks With Taylor Hicks

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‘Scarborough Country’ host Joe Scarborough talked to ‘American Idol’ season five champ Taylor Hicks about his reported feud with ‘Idol’, his new album, and mullet tossing.

Video of the 18-minute web only segment, conducted Tuesday (December 12) at Bing.com has since been removed.

Taylor Hicks Talks With Seattle’s KISS 106.1 FM

‘American Idol’ season five champ Taylor Hicks was on the phone with Jackie & Bender of KISS 106.1 FM in Seattle on Thursday (December 7) to promote his self-titled debut album. Hicks talked about recording the album in six weeks, having no guidelines from ‘Idol’, if he’s pressured by the success of Chris Daughtry, living in hotels, and more. kiss1061.com has since removed the audio.