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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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46.

Mary    

Taylor's what musicians call a REAL musician. He commandeers a stage and performs multiple LIVE sets (no lipsynch) with energy and banter and gives people a genuine, fun show. He's not some extruded, groomed 'star' who does one autotuned song in a factory studio, along with an airbrushed matching video with a hundred person make-up and wardrobe team, followed by the standard promo saturating who-you-know talk show tour to pump up the bottom line for others;
and a little for the star.

825 days ago
47.

thetruth    

99.9% of performers don't and can't sell out "arenas" and "stadiums". That doesn't mean they aren't hugely successful playing steadily to their audience. Getting a residency in Las Vegas is a huge deal... no one from Idol has been offered this yet, except for Taylor, who is an entertainer and singer who has earned the privilege. It was good enough for Elvis, and Celine, and Elton and Manilow - and Sinatra, it's good enough for Taylor.

825 days ago
48.

Tracker    

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825 days ago
49.

sd001    

I think the point here is that Taylor is being gracious and giving thanks to a show that gave him a chance to do what he loves in life. Kris Allen came off sounding like a spoiled brat. I don't think either of them are very talented but at least one of them shows some class

825 days ago
50.

paul a.    

1. He should have never been able to enter cuz there is no way on earth he was as young as he said he was
2 He SUCKED
3. McPhee deserved the win, but Im glad karma did it's deed and SHE has the hit TV show while he is forgotten.....

825 days ago
51.

CC19    

Taylor is still making a living off of making music & performing for people. He's living his dream & doing it comfortably. How many people can say that?

824 days ago
52.

hollyhoodman    

Taylor Hicks is far from a star in the music industry. Sorry bro.

824 days ago
53.

thetruth    

I'm not sure what you qualify as a "star", but he's doing quite well, doing more and being more diversified in not only music and entertainment, but in business as well in the last 6 years than probably all the haters on this blog combined and I'm sure Taylor can buy and sell each and every of them.

824 days ago
54.

sweetchick9999    

It's not that Kris Allen is dead wrong about AI ! It's TMZ who is dead wrong about Kris ! He totally never means anything bad but so thankful to the opportunity that Idol gave him ! TMZ, go and shut up !!!!!!!!

824 days ago
55.

Anne    

Adam Lambert played six flags tonight in MA. Success is hard won.

824 days ago
56.

Yosef_    

They should've stopped idol after Kelly clarkson. Most successful idol worldwide. 👍

823 days ago
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