Checking in With an ‘American Idol’

By Nancy Colasurdo
Published May 13, 2011

In the audition video that eventually propelled Taylor Hicks to become the 2006 American Idol, he tells Simon Cowell, “I want my voice heard.” Five years later, with the show on the verge of inducting another into its storied ranks, I asked Hicks if he does indeed feel heard. “I think the question is, what would [Simon] say?” Hicks said in our recent interview in New York. “I think America has already answered it.  I feel blessed and thankful.  I am entertaining people and helping others. That’s kind of what my mantra is.”
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