Taylor Hicks is one of the most beloved and popular American Idol winners of all time.
From the start, Hicks’s material on the mega-hit show set him apart, with a unique take on Southern soul, R&B, country, and blues. Sixty-four million votes were cast and nearly 37 million American viewers and more than 200 million viewers worldwide tuned in to crown Hicks the Season 5 winner of American Idol, making it one of the most-watched TV events of the last decade.
Hicks’s star continued to rise after he stepped off the Idol stage. Less than three weeks after his victory, his debut single, “Do I Make You Proud,” entered at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, Pop 100, and Single Sales Charts. Coinciding with the single’s release, a cover story named him People magazine’s “Hottest Bachelor of the Year.” His self-titled album debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 and was quickly certified platinum. In 2007, Hicks penned a brisk-selling autobiography Heart Full of Soul.
Hicks is the first male American Idol winner to be featured on a Grammy Award-winning album, Jimmy Fallon’s Blow Your Pants Off, which took home the 2013 Grammy for Best Comedy Album.
Taylor Hicks has seemingly done it all. He won American Idol. He played the infamous Teen Angel in Grease on Broadway. He partied with Snoop Dogg. What more can a guy really ask for?