Taylor Reuben Hicks (born October 7, 1976) is an American singer who achieved fame in 2006, when he won the fifth season of American Idol. Hicks got his start as a professional musician in his late teens and performed around the Southeastern United States for well over the span of a decade, during which he also released two independent albums. Upon winning Idol, he was signed to Arista Records, under which his self-titled major label debut was released on December 12, 2006. His energetic stage performances and influences derived from classic rock, blues, and R&B music had earned him a following of devout fans, who have been dubbed the "Soul Patrol." He performed on Broadway in 2008 and on national tour in 2009 in Grease playing Teen Angel, the role originated by Alan Paul.
Taylor Hicks reportedly voiced his approval of the change in judges on TV's American Idol, during an interview in Los Angeles on Friday, according to TMZ.
When a photographer for the entertainment news website asked the season 5 Idol winner his thoughts about the state of the Fox's hit show, Hicks said the "revolving door of judges is a good thing." He also said there will always be drama and that it's good for the show.
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