Taylor Hicks’ Holiday Plans

Taylor Hicks of Alabama

Taylor Hicks tells The Associated Press reports he’s spending the holidays in Alabama, “eating some Southern food and lying on the couch watching football.” Then he’ll hit the road, with a halftime performance during the Orange Bowl on January 2nd and a planned nationwide tour to begin in February. “If I can keep an audience and be a working musician, I’ll be happy,” he said. “I’m like a traveling musical gypsy, which is what I’ve always wanted to be.”

On TV: Avril Lavigne, Gwen Stefani, Taylor Hicks

Pop acts on television this week include Avril Lavigne, who visits ‘Total Request Live’ on Monday; No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani, who visits ‘TRL’ on Monday and ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ on Tuesday; ‘American Idol’ season five champ Taylor Hicks, who performs on ‘The View’ on Monday, ‘The Early Show’ on Tuesday, ‘TRL’ on Wednesday, and ‘The Megan Mullally Show’ on Thursday; Nelly Furtado, who visits ‘TRL’ on Wednesday; Jewel, who performs on ‘The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’ on Thursday; and former *NSYNC star Justin Timberlake, who hosts and is musical guest on ‘Saturday Night Live’ this weekend.

Taylor Hicks Visits LA’s KIIS FM

Taylor Hicks smiles

‘American Idol’ season five champ Taylor Hicks was in the KIIS FM studios to appear on ‘On Air with Ryan Seacrest’ on Friday (December 1). Hicks talked about meeting Snoop Dogg, his debut album, the controversial comments he made about ‘Idol’, and more.

The interview audio at kiisfm.com has since been removed.

Taylor Hicks: ‘American Idol’ Is Fizzling Out

Taylor Hicks AI

Relix magazine caught up with Taylor Hicks for a Q&A, where interviewer Josh Baron confessed he never really watched ‘American Idol’ until Bo Bice in season four and Hicks’ winning season that followed. “You know what? I don’t watch it either,” Hicks responded, laughing. “You can write that.”

Then asked about whether he’s performing for a different crowd than when he was on ‘Idol’, Hicks said, “‘American Idol’, for me, is fizzling out. I want to take that opportunity and exposure: you either come to see me, buy my album or you don’t. I’m not trying to meet expectations. If you can say you’re a working musician, then you’re doing something good. I’m just glad to be a working musician because that’s what I’ve always been.”

Past winners of ‘American Idol’ were featured prominently in the show’s subsequent season, if these comments are true, Hicks, who many believed was more of a novelty selection by viewers because of his grey hair and constipated singing technique, may treated like the Miss America pageant treated Vanessa Williams in 1984 after learning she had posed nude for photographs in 1982.

Olivia Newton-John Spends Birthday As ‘Idol’ Judge

September 28, 2006 – Olivia Newton-John spent her birthday Tuesday (September 26) pulling duty as a guest judge for ‘American Idol’ auditions and came away impressed by the singers. “Some of them are very young and they’re green but you can see their potential. They have a different voice or a different way of presenting themselves,” Newton-John told The Associated Press after listening to hopefuls vie for a spot on Fox’s TV talent show next season.

Clay Aiken To Be Obliquely Quizzed About Sexuality?

September 17, 2006 – A “well-placed source” tells PerezHilton.com ‘American Idol’ season two runner-up Clay Aiken will admit during an interview on ‘Good Morning America’ that he is on the anti-depressant Paxil. ‘GMA’ co-host Diane Sawyer will not be asking Clay directly if he is gay, but she will ask him about rumors surrounding him. Clay will then dance around the question by answering with a hypothetical non-denial denial.

On TV: Katharine McPhee, James Blunt, Taylor Hicks

Pop acts on television this week include ‘American Idol’ season five runner-up Katharine McPhee, who performs on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ on Monday; James Blunt, who performs on ‘Today’ on Tuesday; Sheryl Crow, who visits ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ on Thursday; and ‘Idol’ season five champ Taylor Hicks, who performs on ‘The Tonight Show’ on Friday.

Taylor Hicks Album Preview

Birmingham singer Taylor Hicks

‘American Idol’ season five champ Taylor Hicks has previews of his self-titled debut available at his MySpace page ahead of the album’s December 12th release. Listen to ‘The Runaround’, ‘Dream Myself Awake’, and ‘The Right Place’ at myspace.com/taylorhicks.

Taylor Hicks’ ‘Don’t You Know Who I Am?’ Moment

Taylor Hicks guitarist

When ‘American Idol’ season five champ Taylor Hicks entered Seattle’s Union Bay Cafe with three buddies recently, the singer was told by the manager that they’d be seated in just a moment. Hicks then moaned, “Don’t you know who I am?… I’m the ‘American Idol!'” The singer then bolted the eatery.

Taylor Hicks Files Suit

‘American Idol’ winner Taylor Hicks has sued Tennessee music producer William Smith to halt the online distribution of songs the crooner, nicknamed “Gray Charles”, recorded five years before winning the FOX singing competition. Read more and check out the suit papers at TheSmokingGun.com.

Taylor Hicks Fans Let Loose On Justin Timberlake

Taylor Hicks on a trail

Fans at Taylor Hicks’ forum at the IdolonFox message boards are lashing out at former *NSYNC star Justin Timberlake after his rep tried to claim the singer’s diss of the ‘American Idol’ champ was taken out of context. shell4taylor writes, “JT is a singer/dancer for a Boy Band. He is nowhere near being the talented musician/performer that Taylor is, and he knows it; that’s why he has to resort to trash talk. Maybe Cameron Diaz should dump this boy and look at a real man – Taylor!” Hicks_Kicks81 added, “JT has had severe diarrhea of the mouth recently. I was pretty much looking forward to his new CD, granted it didn’t all sound like ‘SexyBack’….but not anymore.”

Taylor Hicks Scores Big Bucks For Book Deal

Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Tuesday night, “According to the New York Post, ‘American Idol’ winner Taylor Hicks has been offered $750,000 by Random House to write his autobiography. We have an advanced copy right here. It’s called ‘Memoirs of the Leno Love Child.'”