Taylor Hicks

Singer / Talent Show Contestant

Born: 7 October 1976
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama
Best known as: The "Soul Patrol" winner of American Idol 2006
Singer Taylor Hicks won the 2006 edition of the TV talent show American Idol: The Search for a Superstar. Like 2003's winner, Ruben Studdard, Hicks calls Birmingham, Alabama his hometown. He went to high school and college there before trying to make a go of it in the music business, and released two albums on his own before being tapped for the popular television contest. His prematurely gray hair and enthusiastic dancing helped set him apart from the other contestants, and week after week he applied his barroom tenor to songs by Elvis, The Beatles and Stevie Wonder, while claiming an affinity with Ray Charles and Otis Redding. With the support of fans calling themselves the "Soul Patrol," Hicks won the final competition over the slick pop of L.A.'s Katharine McPhee.
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The stars of the show include host Ryan Seacrest and judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson.

Former American Idol stars include: Kelly Clarkson; Clay Aiken; William Hung; Mario Vazquez; Fantasia Barrino; and Carrie Underwood.

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