Taylor Hicks' Mom Speaks

5/15/2006 2:58 PM PDT

Taylor Hicks' Mom Speaks

TMZ was along for the ride Friday when 'American Idol' frontrunner Taylor Hicks paid his hometown of Birmingham, Ala a visit. He pumped up the "Soul Patrol" with two live performances.

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Taylor's stepmom, Linda Hicks, stopped by to talk to TMZ about how proud she is of her son. She also let us in on a little secret passion of Taylor as a kid -- what he reallly wanted to be when he grew up. For the record, it had nothing to do with singing!

Will Taylor Hicks follow in the footsteps of Ruben Studdard and be the next 'Idol' winner from Birmingham? The world will find out when the 'Idol' finale airs May 24.