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Taylor Hicks

'Idol' STILL Makes Stars

... Just Look at Me!!!

5/26/2012 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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"American Idol" champ Kris Allen is DEAD WRONG ... the show has life in it yet ... at least according to Season 5 champ Taylor Hicks -- and his own shining success is proof.

As we reported, Kris Allen thinks it's about time "Idol" producers pulled the plug on the operation -- after this season's finale put up the lowest ratings in the show's history.

But Taylor tells TMZ, "American Idol is a juggernaut ... Because of my American Idol win, I am able to do the thing that I love most, which is to be an entertainer."

Taylor adds, "The fact that I am headlining Vegas 6 years after auditioning there and then ultimately winning AI is testament to the incredible platform the show continues to provide for me."

Taylor won "Idol" in 2006 and was signed to Arista Records. Arista dropped Taylor in 2008.

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janet    

Kelly Clarkson is the only one. I think idol ran its course.

845 days ago
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Kari    

I agree with #8, Laurin--Taylor is following his dream and earning a living doing it. That's success as far as I'm concerned.

845 days ago
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jw    

Casino officials announced the Alabama native will headline an eight-week show at Bally's Las Vegas beginning June 26.Tickets are $67.49 for the Tue, Jun 26, 2012 07:00 PM show.

845 days ago
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Vicky    

Taylor has a good voice and had a John Mayer/Ray LaMontagne vibe going for him after he won. He should have gone in that direction but instead they made him record that steaming pile of crap that only grandmas like.

845 days ago
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tilly    

And in the meantime, Taylor laughs all the way to the bank. haha Hes doing just fine. Can't wait for that Vegas show and the new album.
And Little Salami, the show is at night. hehe

845 days ago
21.

SheisHot    

Taylor Hicks and his "Soul Patrol" consists of 8 nursing homes and an over 55 trailer park.

845 days ago
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KicksandGiggles    

Thank you Taylor for being smart enough to be grateful for the opportunity AI gave you and to realize afterwhich its up to you. Allen is a ungrateful brat whose ego can't accept the fact he's not all that, stardom is hard work and does not happen if ever overnight. If you are doing what you love and have a full stomach & a roof then count your blessings!!

845 days ago
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Vicky    

The biggest Idol disappointment is David Cook. His last cd was just horrible. Why do these Idols make such bad cds? Of course, they don't sell, because they're not any good.

845 days ago
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shewentwhoa    

it seems that like almost every AI contestand/winner got dropped by their label. Minus Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and Adam Lambert. Shouldn't that tell them something?

845 days ago
25.

Jordan    

Time to pull the plug on Idol give it a good resting place and burry it forever.

845 days ago
26.

CaMeO    

How can he be "DEAD WRONG" by mentioning an artist who's completely irrelevant.

845 days ago
27.

rex    

what did the two condoms say while passing a gay bar

they sed lets get **** faced

845 days ago
28.

Kathy    

Taylor has been one of the busiest Idols. He has not had the radio success that some have had but he Tours constantly and is making millions. Still releasing Cd's on his own label. Not bad at all! No wonder he is grateful to Idol.

845 days ago
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scoopie    

I live in Vegas and haven't seen or heard squat about him being here.

845 days ago
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dierdre    

At first when Taylor Hicks won Idol, i thought it was a complete joke...LOL. This dude not only looks about 59, He SUCKS as a so-called singer, and btw, people who do Vegas that are HUGE HEADLINERS ARE: Celine Dion, Elton John, NOT THIS FREAK>>>He does a small room at Bally's, and btw, it's a free show.... So you figure it out>>>>>HE TOTALLY SUCKS< JUST LIKE WEIRDO PHILLIPS> THIS DUDE< WON'T BE GOING ANYWHERE EITHER> THE SHOW IS A TOTAL JOKE< AND HOPEFULLY I"LL BE GOING OFF THE AIR SOON>>>>>LOL>>>>>ewwww

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