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Taylor, Dude, You're the Dude

6/28/2006 1:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Taylor Hicks: click to watch!Taylor Hicks (and many others) showed up to Social Hollywood in LA on Tuesday night but it was all about Hicks. It seemed as though he was approached by one aspiring business partner after another - all wanting their own personal "Idol."

The "American Idol" winner was seen by TMZ's Josh Levine leaving the the Hollywood hotspot surrounded by paparazzi and possible future hook-ups ... er, business colleagues.  At one point it got so bad that he needed a police escort back into the club while waiting for his car.

Good for Taylor though ... it seems that the head of the Soul Patrol has a good handle on how to deal with the many clinger-ons that will hound him in Hollywood.

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Brenda    

What Airport?

2905 days ago
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Jane    

Poor guy! What are people thinking to approach him about leather products and aliens? Gah. He seemed to take it in stride though. Hope he is having a better time and meeting more interesting people than this video would imply!

Go Soulman!

2948 days ago
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Steve    

Dude, how can you be "American Idol" and not be able to sing a lick?
What a joke.

2948 days ago
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jride    

I just love you Taylor!! You are exactly what America needed as their "IDOL" you are awesome, and I wish you much success!! Good Luck!!

2948 days ago
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Bev    

Taylor, Looking forward to being able to email you when you get it going! Can't wait for your CD. Dragged in an old CD player from the Garage to hear Under The Radar, and I love Soul Man and your bar song.

2948 days ago
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Lucie    

Taylor you make all of us very PROUD here at home in BAMA...do great and stay YOU...we love you...

2948 days ago
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Lisa    

Wow!! What a nice guy and I bet he stays that way, too!!!

2948 days ago
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Brittney    

Taylor, you ROCK !! We all love you here in Birmingham and we're wishing you all the success you could ever hope for. Listening to you sing gives me the chills!! GOOD LUCK!!

2948 days ago
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Jason    

Isn't the Winner supposed to be able to Carry a TUNE or did they change the requirements this year??? The guy can't sing to save his or anybody elses Life!!

2948 days ago
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A Lefson    

Hi fibitter Kat fan. You really must learn how to handle losing without bitterness. There is no comparison between Taylor´s gorgeous interesting whiskey tenor voice and Kat´s boring, been there, same as, Over the rainbow trill. Try going back to Taylor´s Amazon reviews and posting another boring one star review.

2948 days ago
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A Lefson    

Hi bitter Katfans

YOu really must get over your disappointment and learn how to lose without bitterness. There is no comparison between Taylor´s exciting gorgeous whiskey tenor voice and Kat´s boring, same old, been there, heard that trill. Taylor is the most exciting talent to come out of this type of show in years. That is why is numbers are so good, because adults are buying music for the first time in years.

2948 days ago
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Warrene Snodgrass    

Not only is Taylor a great talent, he is a savy businessman. Taylor is a good person and will be nice to everyone, but will not fall for people who are just trying to ride his coattails. Taylor completely changed the face of Idol. It was already a hit, but because of Taylor, it has become a monster hit. Also, there was a talented group of contestants this year, eg Elliott. Taylor, you are an awesome talent, an awesome person and so good looking. Taylor will be a very successful performer and I think will in time become the most successful winner. Taylor Hicks, AI06. GO SOUL PATROL.

2948 days ago
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Jason    

Taylor appears to be a good guy and is alot of fun as an entertainer, BUT he Cannot sing. Too bad really.

2948 days ago
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belinda    

that is a true southern gentleman for ya. taylor is so smooth in his personal appearances. what a livin' doll.

2948 days ago
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Joy Proffit    

Taylor Hicks!
He's more than the "soul patrol". . . he's a real example of what an all American guy should be, kind hearted, looking for a nice gal, clean and always smiling!
I knew the first time that I saw Taylor perform on American Idol that he would be the next idol! He's just got what it takes. . . I always voted for him because anyone can see that music is in this guys 'soul'!!!
Joy
North Wilkesboro, NC

2947 days ago
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