Taylor Hicks!

Age: 29
Hometown: Birmingham, AL
Audition City: Las Vegas
Favorite Female Artist: Cyndi Lauper.
Favorite Male Artist: Billy Joel, Van Morrison, Bob Seger.

My favorite moment tonight was after Ryan Seacrest announced Taylor as the winner, he took Katharine McPhee’s hand and raised it to the air to acknowledge her as an incredible singer. That is WIN WITH GRACE and Katharine LOST WITH DIGNITY! Congratulations to both Taylor and Katharine.

Some Q&A with Taylor:

When did you first start to sing?
When I started to crawl.

Do you have any formal singing training?

What other talents do you have?
This is it.

If you don’t make it on AMERICAN IDOL, what will you do?
Broke performer.

What are your personal goals in life?
To be as happy as possible.

What album would your friends be surprised you own?
“The Wiggles”.

Who is your AMERICAN IDOL?
Ray Charles.

Do you have any rituals or things you do each time you perform?
Pray, count heads.

Most embarrassing moments?
Throwing up on a restaurant’s herb garden.

What has been your proudest moment in life so far?
This might be it.

If you couldn’t sing, which talent would you most like to have?
Catching touchdown passes.

What is your definition of an AMERICAN IDOL?
Someone very talented and humble.

Who is your favorite judge and why?
Randy – he plays an instrument.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I love to dance.

How has this changed your life?

Do you have any lucky charms?

Who are your heroes in life?
Ray Charles/Grandmother.

What’s been your toughest obstacle in life?
Life itself.

The rest can be seen here.
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