The Total Tutor Neil Haley will interview American Idol Taylor Hicks.
Taylor Hicks launched his career as one of the most popular AMERICAN IDOL winners of all time, going on to prove himself a multi-faceted powerhouse, dominating in music, on Broadway, as an author, entrepreneur and actor.
From the start, Hicks’ material on the mega-hit show set him apart, with a unique take on Southern soul, R&B, country and blues. 64 million votes were cast when Hicks won. Over 37 million Americans- 200 million viewers worldwide, tuned in to crown Hicks the Season 5 winner of AMERICAN IDOL, making it one of the most-watched TV events of the last decade.
Hicks’ star continued to rise after he stepped off of the IDOL stage. Less than three weeks later, his debut single, “Do I Make You Proud,” entered at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, Pop 100 and Single Sales Charts. People magazine named him “Hottest Bachelor of the Year”.
His self-titled album (Arista) debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 and was quickly certified RIAA Platinum. In 2007, Hicks penned a best-selling autobiography, “Heart Full of Soul” (Random House). He is the first male IDOL winner featured on a Grammy Award-winning album, Jimmy Fallon’s “Blow Your Pants Off,”- 2013’s Grammy for Best Comedy Album.
On Broadway, Hicks starred in the hit musical, GREASE, as Teen Angel, subsequently joining the 18-month national tour.
In 2012, he began his residency at Bally's Las Vegas. As a testament to his musical talent and showmanship, Hicks received a year-long extension through 2013 at a larger venue, Paris Las Vegas, making him the first Idol winner in history to secure a long-term residency in Vegas. He rapidly evolved into one of the most popular acts in the city.
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