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Taylor Hicks -- I 'Banged' My Way Onto an Airplane

4/2/2011 7:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Former 'American Idol' champ Taylor Hicks pulled a full-on rock star move to force his way onto an airplane in Atlanta after nearly missing his flight.

Taylor gave us the blow-by-blow when he got off his Delta flight from Atlanta to NYC on Friday -- telling us, "They wouldn't let me in so I had to call the higher-ups. We banged on the door to the plane as it was leaving."

Hicks -- the oldest 'Idol' winner ever -- might be exaggerating his pull with the airline just a bit. Officials at Hartsfield Airport in Atlanta tell us they have no record of Hicks' flight being held up ... and they suspect he merely knocked on the jetway door shortly after it closed.

Still, he did make it on the plane. Today a 757 ... tomorrow, the Top 40.


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Sometimes it's ok not to report on nobodies.

1299 days ago


Is there someone who cares what the regular posters on here think? Now theres a life for you, a regular poster at TMZ or heres a better life, hanging out at airports waiting to jump people who DO have a life. haha Taylors connecting flight was delayed and he HAD to be in NY. Thats a busy man, performing with some of the best musicians around and always on the move.

1298 days ago


How is that "rock star"? Rock star would have been banging a flight attendant so that she'd sneak you into an empty first-class seat, if you wanna talk about banging your way onto a plane!

1298 days ago


LOVE HIM! Taylor can bang on ANYTHING HE WANTS!

1298 days ago


At this point, Taylor's career seems to be full speed ahead. I understand the major networks are interested in him for various TV series, and that he may do a movie for Clint Eastwood. He's a handsome dude but I see he's starting to gain weight again, which isn't so good appearance or healthwise.

1298 days ago


I love Taylor too. He's gorgeous and sexy! And I like his voice too.

1298 days ago

Carol Yount    

IMO - Hicks never will have the talent that Daughtry has in his little finger. Daoghtry should have won AI not Hicks who became a has-been after the win. Quite few AI talent have bigger success than the actual winner. Tells you America did not get it right.

1298 days ago


You know TMZ, Hicks is trolling you and you guys don't even realize it cause yall are stupid as hell.

1298 days ago


Any of the 'Idol' constestants would be happy to make the $3.5 million that Hicks brought in last year for his tour, album and merchandise sales and appearance fees. Lately he's played at many Jam band events with high caliber musicians and let me tell you he can hold his own. Not every successful musician has to be on the radio. Much of what is on the radio is autotuned voices and that is definately not Taylor's type of music.

1298 days ago


How in the name of all that is h oly did that man EVER win idol??? He has zero personality and certainly isn't a good singer!!! JMHO

1298 days ago


His 15 minutes were up a long time ago.

1298 days ago


hahaha, you sad stupid haters... tay-tay made a few million dollars on broadway while the other idol winners were stuck in horrific contracts making money only for the labels and AI. he was on that plane to make it to the genius performance on jimmy fallon with stephen colbert friday night. that skit is one for the history books. the dude is actually killing it, compared to other idol types. check yourself, losers! hahaha.

1297 days ago


he was getting on that plane to come do this:

1297 days ago


Taylor Hicks is still performing concerts all the time. He also performed a concert to help those affected by the Gulf Oil Spill. He was in the Broadway production of Grease. He is opening a new restaurant "Ore" in Birmingham, AL. Believe me, Taylor is doing fine.

1296 days ago


Just saw him last week at a charity event in Texas. He was a total douchebag. A complete tool. Not sure who he thinks he is, but he seems to think he's a pretty damn big deal.

1293 days ago
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