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The Emergence of Taylor Hicks

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Colorful shirt...

Pondering his chances:

The performance:

A little nod to "the man upstairs"

He made it:

Taylor speaks about the Top 24 Hollywood Experience:


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[color=#9300C4]Taylor makes the TOP 24 : IT'S HOLLYWOOD TIME [/color]

The famous [color=#090]GreenMile[/color] Walk : credit to Aliceintaylorland

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[color=#9300C4][size=150]Here is the Levon performance . On the February 22, 2006 date , the top 12 guys performed.[/size][/color]

Patrick Hall - Come to My Window (Melissa Etheridge)
David Radford - Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Queen)
Bucky Covington - Simple Man (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
Will Makar - I Want You Back (The Jackson Five)
José "Sway" Penala - Reasons (Earth, Wind & Fire)
Chris Daughtry - Wanted Dead or Alive (Bon Jovi)
Kevin Covais - One Last Cry (Brian McKnight)
Gedeon McKinney - Shout (The Isley Brothers)
Elliott Yamin - If You Really Love Me (Stevie Wonder)
Bobby Bennett - Copacabana (Barry Manilow)
Ace Young - Father Figure (George Michael)
Taylor Hicks - Levon (Elton John)

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[color=#9300C4][size=150]The Chippendale comment was made about Gedeon McKinney: Gedeon McKinney.
Randy: "That was good." Paula: "It was a great surprise." Simon: "It was as if I was watching the warm-up act for the Chippendales. Your smile bothers me." [/size]

February 22, 2006
Dorks! Some lovable, some not
American Idol Season 5
February 22, 2006

I don't have high hopes for the "guys" (aren't they really just boys? Well, except for Old Man Taylor). They're just too dang dorky.

Patrick Hall is going to "bring it," predictably. Dork factor is 6 out of 10 (10 being pocket protector/sniffly nose weirdo). Skinny men shouldn't swagger. He's no pop star. He would be fine on contemporary Christian radio. Ooh, Patrick has wierd friends in the audience.

Randy: "I kinda dug it, man." Paula: "You're awesome." Simon: "It was a terrible song."

David Radford is a crooner. I am so, so tired of crooners. Dork factor: 5. Singing Sinatra as a 17-year-old is inherently uncool. And he looks really strange when he sings. At least his clothes and hair aren't working against him. Crazy Little Thing Called Love isn't really a stretch, kiddo.

Randy: "I thought that was terrible. There was no originality." Paula: "I didn't think it was horrible." Simon: "I have a feeling the audience at home will like you."

Bucky Covington. Dork factor: 4. An awkward hick! A rare, rare breed. Oh, geez, he's singing Skynyrd’s Simple Man. I'm struggling to understand his voice. It's far too growly, but it's also kinda sweet.

Randy: "You have a nice tone." Paula: "It's like a whole journey for you." Simon: "I like the fact that you're very raw."

Ryan: "This is a real guy, here. Soon your hair will be spiked." I love Bucky's blank, blinking stare.

Will Makar. Dork factor: 7. He's a scrawny kid in a blazer. Someone needs to go to town on those eyebrows. He's singing I Want You Back. I have absolutely no feeling about this performance.

Randy: "You did your thing. I was entertained." Paula: "You are adorable." Simon: "Reality check. Vocally, it was completely and utterly average."

Jose Penala. Dork factor: 0. He's stylish. This song is all over the place. Weak falsetto. He's an entertainer, but still not nearly as interesting as the best girls.

Randy: "We got a hot one tonight!" Paula: "That was truly amazing." Simon: "I thought it was a really pimpy, fur-draped Earth, Wind and Fire."

Chris Daughtery. Dork factor: 1. He's rocker stylish, but the super-stylized facial hair is overdoing it. Singing Wanted Dead or Alive. BON JOVI! RAWK! Heck, he does a pretty great Jon Bon Jovi impersonation. All right, he won me over. Or maybe I'm hypnotized by those flames behind him.

Randy: "That was really, really good." Paula: "I am so wowed by you." Simon: "Now I'm hearing somebody with potential. That was superb."

Kevin Covais. Dork factor: 9. He's lovable, so I won't give him a 10. But he's a baby and he has a very visible lisp and he refers to himself as a "fellow." The performance was cute, like a dog wearing a cape.

Randy: "Dude, that was the bomb, man." Paula: "You make me feel proud." Simon: "I like you, but vocally, it was bordering on excrutiating."

Whoa, Babydoll Kevin just got fondled by all the girls! Looks like I'll have to take two points off that dork factor.

[color=purple]Gedeon McKinney. Dork factor: 2. It's the way he overpronounces every word. But he's a pretty fabulous singer.

Randy: "That was good." Paula: "It was a great surprise." Simon: "It was as if I was watching the warm-up act for the Chippendales. Your smile bothers me."

As stupid as he is, I usually agree with Simon's blunt judgments. This time, I think he was just being controversial to be controversial. [/color]

Elliott Yamin. Dork factor: I'm at a loss. He reminds me of Mitch Hedberg for some reason. But he's wearing a cassette tape belt buckle! That’s dorky! I’m giving him a 3. He's not a pretty man. His singing? I guess it's all right.

Randy: "You sounded brilliant, man." Paula: "Great performance from beginning to end." Simon: "Out of five seasons, I think potentially you are the best male vocalist we've ever had."

Whoa. That's a big freakin' deal.

Bobby Bennett. Dork factor: 8. He's goofy, awkward and singing Copa Cabana because his late grandma wanted him to. Oh, this is horrifying. You can't help but sound like a lounge singer when singing Barry Manilow. Even the girls, who have been so supportive thus far, look a little less perky. Except for Kellie Pickler, who, if you haven't noticed, is mugging in every shot that comes her way.

Randy: "It's like I'm watching someone from a whole different era." Paula: "We have all enjoyed your showmanship." Simon: "That was a complete nightmare."

Ace Young. I don't like Ace. I can't explain it. Oh, anyway, dork factor: 0. He's got the looks, he's got a voice, but he's just too much for me. Too perfect, too pretty, and still appears to be wearing blush.

Randy: "You definitely are a star." Paula: "You're a star; God bless you." Simon: "Not the best vocals we've heard tonight."

[color=purple]Old Man Taylor Hicks is the last guy. Dork factor: Unchartable. He's on a completely different plane. He's singing Levon, which is a great, great song. I have high hopes and he did a really great job. Wouldn't it be awesome if he won the whole thing?

Randy: "You got it going on." Paula: "You have a powerful passion. You love what you do." Simon: "I said I didn't think you should make the finals. I was wrong." [/color]
Tomorrow night, the unthinkable happens: four people will die.

Oh wait. They will be voted off, anyway. I make no predictions, except that Stevie Scott is totally, completely and utterly gone.

Posted by Sara Cress at February 22, 2006 09:03 PM


TVGuide Channel is rebroadcasing the Las Vegas auditions again:

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[color=purple]Idol Chit-Chat [/color]

Thursday, November 12, 2009
"Rewind" to Season Five

I still consider them to be the best Top 12 in “Idol” history and now you can relive their journey…

Beginning Saturday, “American Idol Rewind” will begin airing the Top 12 episodes from Season 5.


For those of you who don't remember, you're looking at Bucky Covington, Melissa McGhee, Lisa Tucker, Ace Young, Paris Bennett, Elliott Yamin, Chris Daughtry, Taylor Hicks, Kellie Pickler, Katharine McPhee, Kevin Covais and Mandisa...

“Rewind” airs weekends in syndication, so check your local listings. You can also catch encores on the TV Guide Network…

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[color=#9300C4]Top 24 Fox 6 Interview : [/color]


[color=#9300C4]Access Hollywood: Idol Extra Interview [/color]


[color=#9300C4]A humorous video envoking the idiosyncracies of the Idol Judges. [/color]

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[color=#9300C4][size=150][size=150]THE TOP TWELVE FINALISTS: [/size][/size][/color]

[color=#9300C4][size=150]CHANGES DID INDEED COME FOR THE TOP TEN IDOL CONTESTANTS.[/size][/color] Before and After Photos from AOL SlideShow.

[color=#9300C4][size=150]Top 12 finalists [/size][/color]

[color=purple][size=150]Taylor Hicks[/size][/color]
Taylor Reuben Hicks is from Birmingham, Alabama. He is gray-haired and performed "A Change Is Gonna Come" by Sam Cooke at his original audition in Las Vegas. At the first audition, the judges were surprised by his appearance. He is one of the five winners in American Idol history to never be in the bottom three. He won the competition on May 24.


"Levon" (Elton John)
"Easy" (The Commodores)
"Takin' It to the Streets" (The Doobie Brothers)
"Living for the City" (Stevie Wonder)
"Not Fade Away" (The Crickets featuring Buddy Holly)
"Trouble" (Ray LaMontagne)
"Take Me Home, Country Roads" (John Denver)
"Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (Queen)
"You Send Me" (Sam Cooke)
"Just Once" (James Ingram)
"Play That Funky Music" (Wild Cherry)
"Something" (The Beatles)
"Jailhouse Rock" (Elvis Presley) - Top 2 05/10/06
"In the Ghetto" (Elvis Presley) - Top 2 05/10/06
"Dancing in the Dark" (Bruce Springsteen) - Top 2 5/17/06
"You Are So Beautiful" (Joe Cocker) - Top 2 5/17/06
"Try a Little Tenderness" (Otis Redding) - Top 2 5/17/06
"Living for the City" (Stevie Wonder) - Winner 5/24/06
"Levon" (Elton John) - Winner 5/24/06
"Do I Make You Proud" - Winner 5/24/06

[color=purple][size=150]Katherine McPhee[/size][/color]

Katherine Hope McPhee's mother is a vocal coach. At the time she auditioned in San Francisco, Randy Jackson said her audition was the best he'd heard yet that season. At the end of the first semi-final round, Simon Cowell said that he had heard four very good singers that evening and that McPhee was the best among them. She is from Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California. McPhee was the runner-up on American Idol as announced on the May 24 finale.


"Since I Fell for You" (Barbra Streisand)
"All in Love Is Fair" (Stevie Wonder)
"Think" (Aretha Franklin)
"Until You Come Back to Me" (Stevie Wonder)
"Come Rain or Come Shine" (Ella Fitzgerald)
"The Voice Within" (Christina Aguilera) - Bottom 2 03/29/06
"Bringing Out the Elvis" (Faith Hill)
"Who Wants to Live Forever" (Queen)
"Someone to Watch Over Me" (Frank Sinatra)
"I Have Nothing" (Whitney Houston) - Top 2 04/26/06
"Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" (Phil Collins)
"Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" (KT Tunstall)
"Hound Dog" / "All Shook Up" (Elvis Presley) - Bottom 2 05/10/06
"Can't Help Falling in Love" (Elvis Presley) - Bottom 2 05/10/06
"I Believe I Can Fly" (R. Kelly)- Top 2 5/17/06
"Over the Rainbow" (Judy Garland) - Top 2 5/17/06
"I Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues" (Ella Fitzgerald) - Top 2 5/17/06
"Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" (KT Tunstall) - Runner-Up 5/24/06
"Over the Rainbow" (Judy Garland) - Runner-Up 5/24/06
"My Destiny" - Runner-Up 5/24/06

[color=purple][size=150]Elliott Yamin[/size][/color]
Efraym Elliott Yamin was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up in Richmond, Virginia. He started singing at the age of five and did not have any formal training. He auditioned for American Idol in Boston. After his first semi-final performance, Simon Cowell said that he was potentially the best male vocalist in American Idol history. Yamin finished in third place in one of the closest outcomes in Idol history.

[img][/img] BEFORE AND AFTER ( extensive dental work and hair growth - a perm perhaps?? )

"If You Really Love Me" (Stevie Wonder)
"Moody's Mood for Love" (James Moody)
"Heaven" (Bryan Adams)
"Knocks Me Off My Feet" (Stevie Wonder)
"Teach Me Tonight" (The DeCastro Sisters)
"I Don't Want to Be" (Gavin DeGraw)
"If Tomorrow Never Comes" (Garth Brooks) - Bottom 2 04/05/06
"Somebody to Love" (Queen) - Bottom 3 04/12/06
"It Had to Be You" (Frank Sinatra)
"A Song for You" (Donny Hathaway)
"On Broadway" (George Benson) - Bottom 2 05/03/06
"Home" (Michael Bublé) - Bottom 2 05/03/06
"If I Can Dream" (Elvis Presley) - Top 2 05/10/06
"Trouble" (Elvis Presley) - Top 2 05/10/06
"Open Arms" (Journey) -
"What You Won't Do For Love" (Bobby Caldwell) -
"I Believe to My Soul" (Ray Charles)
- Eliminated 05/17/06

[color=purple][size=150]Chris Daughtry[/size][/color]
Christopher Adam "Chris" Daughtry is a former car service worker from McLeansville, North Carolina. During the audition round, he was profiled as a "Rocker Dad." He originally auditioned in Denver.

[img][/img]AFTER ( much more of a rocker image )

"Wanted Dead or Alive" (Bon Jovi)
"Hemorrhage (In My Hands)" (Fuel)
"Broken" (Seether featuring Amy Lee)
"Higher Ground" (Stevie Wonder)
"I Walk the Line" (Johnny Cash)
"What If" (Creed)
"Making Memories of Us" (Keith Urban)
"Innuendo" (Queen)
"What a Wonderful World" (Louis Armstrong) - Bottom 2 04/19/06
"Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?" (Bryan Adams) - Top 2 4/26/06
"Renegade" (Styx)
"I Dare You" (Shinedown)
"Suspicious Minds" (Elvis Presley) -
"A Little Less Conversation" (Elvis Presley)

- Eliminated 05/10/06

[color=purple][size=150]Paris Bennett[/size][/color]
Paris Ana'is Bennett is the granddaughter of Grammy Award winner Ann Nesby, and sang "Cowboy Take Me Away" by The Dixie Chicks at her original audition in Greensboro. She is from Fayetteville, Georgia. Her mother and grandmother are apart of the Grammy-winning group, Sounds of Blackness.

[img][/img]AFTER ( hair straightening and natural aging helped her look more mature )

"Midnight Train to Georgia" (Gladys Knight)
"Wind Beneath My Wings" (Bette Midler)
"Conga" (Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine)
"All I Do" (Stevie Wonder)
"Fever" (Peggy Lee)
"Work It Out" (Beyoncé)
"How Do I Live" (LeAnn Rimes) - Bottom 3 04/05/06
"The Show Must Go On" (Queen)
"These Foolish Things" (Billie Holiday) - Bottom 3 04/19/06
"The Way We Were" (Barbra Streisand)- Bottom 2 04/26/06
"Kiss" (Prince and The Revolution) -
"Be Without You" (Mary J. Blige)
- Eliminated 05/03/2006

[color=purple][size=150]Kellie Pickler[/size][/color]
Kellie Dawn Pickler is from Albemarle, North Carolina, but was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. She was profiled as a roller-skating waitress. Her mother left when she was two and her father has had numerous legal problems; he is now free. Pickler lived with her grandfather and originally auditioned in Greensboro. She was never in the bottom three until she was eliminated.

[img][/img]AFTER ( extensive plastic surgery )

"How Far" (Martina McBride)
"Something to Talk About" (Bonnie Raitt)
"I'm the Only One" (Melissa Etheridge)
"Blame It on the Sun" (Stevie Wonder)
"Walkin' After Midnight" (Patsy Cline)
"Suds in the Bucket" (Sara Evans)
"Fancy" (Reba McEntire)
"Bohemian Rhapsody" (Queen)
"Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered" (Ella Fitzgerald)
"Unchained Melody" (The Righteous Brothers)
- Eliminated 04/26/06

[color=purple][size=150]Ace Young[/size][/color]
Brett Asa "Ace" Young (who goes by his middle name) is from Denver, and he auditioned there as well. At that time, Randy Jackson called him one of the best he'd seen so far this season. After he sang "Father Figure", Simon Cowell said that Young had the 'X-Factor' (a reference to another RTL talent show, in the UK). Young had been singing since age nine and had voice lessons.

[img][/img] AFTER ( Haircut and body sculpturing )

"Father Figure" (George Michael)
"If You're Not the One" (Daniel Bedingfield)
"Butterflies" (Michael Jackson)
"Do I Do" (Stevie Wonder) - Bottom 3 03/15/06
"In the Still of the Night" (The Five Satins)
"Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)" (Train) - Bottom 3 03/29/06
"Tonight I Wanna Cry" (Keith Urban)
"We Will Rock You" (Queen) - Bottom 3 04/12/06
"That's All" (Nat King Cole)
- Eliminated 04/19/06

[color=purple][size=150]Bucky Covington[/size][/color]
William Joel "Bucky" Covington is from Rockingham, North Carolina. He auditioned in Greensboro. He has an identical twin brother named Rocky.

[img][/img]AFTER ( A little dental work )

"Simple Man" (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
"The Thunder Rolls" (Garth Brooks)
"Wave on Wave" (Pat Green)
"Superstition" (Stevie Wonder)
"Oh, Boy!" (Buddy Holly) - Bottom 2 03/22/06
"Real Good Man" (Tim McGraw)
"Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning)" - (Vertical Horizon)
"Fat Bottomed Girls" (Queen)
- Eliminated 04/12/06

Mandisa (born Mandisa Lynn Hundley) is from Antioch, Tennessee. She had a successful original audition in Chicago, after which Simon Cowell made jokes about her size. He later apologized after being confronted by Miss Hundley. Like Pickler, she was never in the bottom 3 until her elimination.
[img][/img]BEFORE AND AFTER ( a lot of weight loss )

"Never" (Heart)
"Cry" (Faith Hill)
"I'm Every Woman" (Chaka Khan)
"Don't You Worry 'bout a Thing" (Stevie Wonder)
"I Don't Hurt Anymore" (Dinah Washington)
"Shackles (Praise You)" (Mary Mary)
"Any Man of Mine" (Shania Twain)
- Eliminated 04/05/06

[color=purple][size=150]Lisa Tucker[/size][/color]
Lisa Gabrielle Tucker was 16 years old at the time of the show, and is the youngest finalist of this season. She is from Anaheim, California, and she auditioned in Denver. Simon Cowell called her the "best 16-year-old" ever to audition on the show at the time of her original Denver audition. She was also a runner-up on Star Search but lost to Tiffany Evans. A week after her elimination she appeared in an episode of The O.C.

[img][/img]AFTER ( straighter hair )

"I Am Changing" (Jennifer Holliday)
"Who's Lovin' You" (The Jackson 5)
"Here's Where I Stand" (Tiffany Taylor)
"Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" (Stevie Wonder) - Bottom 2 03/15/06
"Why Do Fools Fall in Love?" (Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers) - Bottom 3 03/22/06
"Because of You" (Kelly Clarkson)
- Eliminated 03/29/06

[color=purple][size=150]Kevin Covais[/size][/color]
Kevin Patrick Covais was 16 years old at the time of the show, and is from Levittown, New York. For his audition in Boston, he sang "You Raise Me Up". Viewers gave him the nickname "Chicken Little."

"One Last Cry" (Brian McKnight)
"I Heard It Through the Grapevine" (Marvin Gaye) - Bottom 3 03/02/06
"Vincent" (Don McLean)
"Part-Time Lover" (Stevie Wonder)
"When I Fall in Love" (Nat King Cole)
- Eliminated 03/22/06

[size=150]Melissa McGhee[/size][/color]

Melissa Christine McGhee is from Tampa, Florida. She auditioned in Denver. She sang "Can't Fight the Moonlight" by LeAnn Rimes for her audition. She had not sung on camera until her first week in the top 24.

"When the Lights Go Down" (Faith Hill)
"Why Haven't I Heard from You" (Reba McEntire)
"What About Love" (Heart)
"Lately" (Stevie Wonder)
- Eliminated 03/15/06

[color=#9300C4]Taylor Hicks on American Idol Extra 2009[/color]
April 30, 2009

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[color=#9300C4][size=150]TOP 12 Stevie Wonder Night [/size][/color]

[color=#000]Season 5's Top 12 finalists meet Stevie Wonder and perform his songs. Included: backstage song swaps; Kellie Pickler's confidence problem; and Chris Daughtry's bold song rearrangement. [/color]
[color=#9300C4]Living for the City [/color]

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[color=#9300C4]Season 5 Photo scrapbook[/color]










[color=#9300C4][size=150]TOP 12 WEEK [/size][/color]

[color=#9300C4][size=150]DOWNLOAD from Media Board [/size][/color]

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[color=#000]The Group [/color]


[color=#000]Two Taylor's are better than one: [/color]


[color=#000]"Okay, that was good!"[/color]


[color=#000]Woo! Livin' for the Ci...tay [/color]


Is that the Dog Pound behind Taylor??[/color]


[color=#000]Taylor expresses his thoughts and after thoughts: [/color]


[color=#9300C4]USA Today Idol Chatter comments: [/color]

Easy 'Living' for Taylor
March 14, 2006

"Taylor has a clear sense of his musical scope, once again evidenced by his shrewd choice of the, well, tailor-made testifying soul ditty, Living for the City. He tossed in enough of his patented 'heys,' spins and grimaces to put..."

[color=#9300C4][size=150]November 14, 2009 REWIND: The Top 12 sing the songs of Stevie Wonder [/size][/color] This is when Taylor sings . "Living for the City"

The MASTERCLASS LADY aka Rosanne Simunovic, is a singer, pianist and vocal coach who offers a unique and experienced take on the performances we watch. Her commentary on vocal technique may not be as succinct as Randy Jackson’s “that was a little pitchy, dawg” but her site is the place fans visit when they want to learn exactly why a singer blew them away or made them want to cover their ears. [color=#9300C4]Masterclass Lady is a must-visit for any Idol fan wanting to experience the show on a deeper level.[/color]

Taylor Hicks: “Living For the City ” [url=][/url]

"Strengths: Taylor -the applause and the cheering at the end of your number said it all, didn’t it? Performers like you make my job so difficult because you incorporate so much energy into a 90- second performance that it is truly hard to evaluate every detail. I was just having too much fun watching you. Who cares if you gyrate too much when you sing? It defines who you are as an artist. Yes – sometimes the movements can be a touch crazy, but, in my opinion, it is all part of the Taylor-made package.

"Taylor, you have embedded so much musical passion into your artistic soul and you truly love the art of making music. It is really remarkable to watch the metamorphosis when you begin to sing. . You come alive. It is almost like magic really. In fact, I was chuckling at how serious you looked when you walked on the stage and then – presto – the music began and it was a whole new man on that Idol stage.

"Additionally, you truly know how to entertain and please your audience. Singing is fun, right? Or so it should be. And you make sure that it definitely is.

"Vocally, your voice is solid. However, with proper training you can augment an already beautiful and soulful tenor voice. This was, for me, the performance of the night. Congratulations and bravo,Taylor!
Critique: Taylor – I would like to see you implement some bel canto technique in the production of your voice. Presently, it lacks an inherent sustaining quality throughout your range and, as a result, your voice is not as resonant or as pure as is possible. I hope that, in addition to working on the performing aspects of your songs, you begin to concentrate your efforts on your overall vocal production. For instance, you have been singing mainly up-tempo songs. Are you rehearsing them at a snail’s pace? The slower pace would allow you to evaluate your voice and identify the areas of tension that need to be addressed. In addition, it would process the valuable sustaining element that is necessary to achieve an even and cohesive vocal sound.

"Finally, I don’t know about anyone else, but I would be curious to your ability to sing a slow and sustained ballad. I have a feeling this is in the works – just trying to second- guess how your mind is working. And, if not, then you must consider this or you may run the risk of being too one-dimensional and you are anything but, Taylor. Great Top 12 debut!"


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[color=#9300C4][size=150]Season 5 Top 11" November 21, 2009 REWIND: The Top 11 sing songs from the 1950s[/size][/color]

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[color=#000]Taylor sings " Not Fade Away" by the Cricketts [/color]

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[color=#000]I think I'll sing "Not Fade Away" ...[/color]

[color=#000]Gray suit is a nice touch; white shoes...?[/color]


[color=#000]Barry said to do whatever it takes. I think I'll do my special dance moves for the crowd tonight [/color]

[color=#000]Hey, I've done this with Jeff Lopez many times, let's see how it goes on AI. [/color]

[color=#000]Paula and Randy loved it : [/color] [img][/img]

[color=#000]Simon thought I was strange, but I got the last laugh .[/color] [img][/img]

Here is a download for one with the scroll, which is much better quality.

Here is a download without the scroll..lesser quality but not as

[color=#9300C4]The Master class Lady again reviews a Taylor performance [/color]

Master Class Lady

Taylor Hicks: “Not Fade Away” originally performed by Buddy Holly

Strengths: Taylor –Barry Manilow hit the nail right on the head when he called you a whisky tenor! It truly describes the distinct tenor quality of your voice. In fact, I found a great definition of a whisky tenor on the internet in an article about Rod Stewart. In the article, it defines this rare tenor voice as a unique combination of manly toughness with aching emotional pain and sexuality. Woah – that is pretty heady stuff and it applies to our Taylor? Who knew all these deep emotions were hidden underneath all the fun and enthusiasm that so exemplifies Taylor Hicks.

At any rate, I digress. Taylor, as always, you entertained to the max this week. It was so clear that you respected and agreed with Barry Manilow’s creed that it is integral that a singer master the art of performance to really succeed in this business. You sang with passion and infectious enthusiasm and, although the song was not the most challenging of the evening, it spoke to who you are as an artist and performer. You had the audience eating out of the palm of your hand. Bravo!

You have the most innovative and novel stage moves I have ever seen on any stage. I would be curious to know if you implement them “on the fly” during a live performance or if you rehearse them prior to the live show. Something tells me that a switch turns on full force when you hit the stage – an almost unstoppable musical force takes hold of your body and you cannot help but share it all with the audience. Whatever it is, I love it, so never change.

Also, your voice actually had more clarity and focus this week. For instance, I noticed that you were sustaining the pure “eh” vowel in the word “fade”, avoiding the ugly diphthong that can muddy up a vocal sound. Good for you. You are starting to get the right, bel canto idea and how you can apply it to your particular style of singing.

Yes, Taylor, This was another great performance. Congratulations!

Critique: Taylor – I am concerned that we are seeing only one side to your vocal talent. As I said last week, you must begin to vary the song selections from week to week. We have yet to hear you sing a ballad and, therefore, we have not yet discovered the artistic depth of your whisky tenor soul. A slower, more poignant song selection would allow you to display another dimension to your artistry and, as well, challenge your vocal abilities.

Presently, your voice suffers from a lack of technical security and a slower ballad would allow you to showcase your vocal talent and encourage you to sing with the proper technique. Presently, the sustaining element in your vocal production is very limited and, when you sing up-tempo numbers, this problem is further accentuated because of the faster pace.

Additionally, even though you are a great dancer, you must remember that the vocal and choreographic elements have to be perfectly balanced. The late Sammy Davis Jr. had this down to a fine art – when he sang and danced on stage, both disciplines were performed to perfection. His voice was a viable presence while his feet were flying around the stage. He is a great role model for you, Taylor. In fact Sammy Davis performed a great song from “Sweet Charity” called “The Rhythmn Of Life” – you should research it. It would be the perfect song for you. It screams Taylor Hicks!

Hope all this helps. Look forward to seeing you next week!


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Strengths: Taylor –I know I am in the presence of a great artist when I can thoroughly enjoy a song that is totally unfamiliar to me. It was all about the singing and. Taylor, this week we heard the power of your soulful vocals. Finally, you gifted us with a slow and passionate ballad that accentuated your superior vocal gifts.

Additionally, you communicated this song with superb respect for the emotional core of the lyrics. My first impression was that, like Paula, I was totally enjoying the fact that you were glued to the microphone stand, encouraging you to touch and move us with your inherent vocal artistry and creativity as opposed to the “ tayloresque” dance moves that we have been enjoying from week to week. It was all about the vocals and indeed you delivered as promised.

The slower pace of the song encouraged you to sustain your pure vowels in a very consistent manner, as evidenced when you vocalized the word “Trouble”. Because of this, your voice enjoyed a rich, more radiating presence throughout this song, allowing the melodic line to be highlighted through the cohesive pure vowel placement in your vocal masque

Additionally, your phrasing was wonderfully musical and your sustained a forward momentum that is so important in really musical and technically secure singing. Yet, every once in a while, your distinct whisky tenor voice was a welcome introduction in this song, emphasizing the tormented and angst nature of this song selection. It was a wonderful blend of rustic and classical vocals that really identified you as a unique artist, Taylor.

As always, you were committed to your audience and this commitment resulted in a stellar and meaningful performance that touched and moved your listeners. Your soul was totally exposed when you sang, Taylor, and the music flowed from your heart. This is not something that can be taught; this is an inherent characteristic that identifies a great performer. And, yes, Taylor, you fall into this unique category. You are taking us on some wild ride and we are all the better for it! Kudos and bravo my man!

Critique: Taylor – like Paris, I found nothing to improve on your performance. You finally gifted us with a soulful, vocally resonant ballad and this vocal suggestion was saturating my critique of you from week to week. However, after this week’s showcase, you showed us that you are indeed a very fine vocalist and I am very certain that, as long as you maintain the ever important pure vowel sustaining element in your up-tempo songs, we will continue to be excited by your distinctive and soothing vocal presence. Congratulations Taylor. This was one of the top performances of the week.
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[color=#9300C4][size=150]From the IdolChatter Archives : USA Today 2006[/size][/color]

[color=#9300C4]THE OUTLOOK[/color]

Face it, Taylor Hicks is a bit of a goofball. He's in the top 12 mainly on personality, but unlike so many past contestants, his is a truly likable, if highly spasmodic, personality. And he can sing. Not as well as Chris Daughtry, Elliott Yamin, Ace Young or most of the women, but he works that old-time soul vein adeptly. (Though in his more intensely Joe Cockeresque moments, it seems that vein might just burst.) As with Chris, it will be interesting to see how he handles songs outside his wheelhouse. But for now, he's my favorite dark horse.

[color=#9300C4]LIVIN' FOR THE CITY [/color]

Taylor has a clear sense of his musical scope, once again evidenced by his shrewd choice of the, well, tailor-made testifying soul ditty Living for the City. He tossed in enough of his patented "heys," spins and grimaces to put his quirky stamp on the song. He should have no problem sailing through to the next round.

[color=#9300C4]THE 50'S [/color]

Pretty well loved by now, he's no longer the eccentric wild card but a true contender. And again, the right song from the '50s could suit his vocal style. I like the Little Richard, Ray Charles and Chuck Berry suggestions that have come in.

[color=#9300C4]NOT FADE AWAY [/color]

The second Buddy Holly song of the night, Not Fade Away (a non-hit at the time made more famous later by the Rolling Stones), came courtesy of the always-natty Mr. Hicks. It was a bit fussily funked up, but an entertaining rendition. The big ending suggested by Manilow was as useful as wings on a snail, but all in all, it was likable enough.

[color=#9300C4]TROUBLE [/color]
I was worried about Taylor's range of possibilities in 21st century music, but he came up with a cool choice: singer/songwriter Ray Lamontagne's Trouble, a perfect deep-soul number for the modern era. Bonus: Taylor gave us his most restrained, sensitive performance yet. I'm impressed




[color=#9300C4]Idol Contestants Continue Journey

You sing, you shine and for a brief moment you're the most talented person in the room. But on American Idol, that feeling doesn't last very long. Just ask Ace Young and Taylor Hicks. The Season 5 contestants are currently reliving their journey on American Idol Rewind, and it's brought back some memories – good and bad.

"My rude awakening was when we all got to our seats in Hollywood, and everybody started singing the "Rent" song ("Seasons of Love"). I realized that there were 250 of some of the best singers that I've ever heard in my whole life," says Hicks, who ultimately led the Soul Patrol to Idol victory in 2006. "It was one of the most fascinating six months that I'll ever have in my whole life. I won! I can't believe it," he laughs.

With the current season's auditions behind us, viewers are getting ready to see 181 contestants try to stand out during Hollywood Week, the stage in the competition that exists only for singers to choke. And based on eight previous seasons, Hollywood Week also seems to be an invitation for great singers to be remembered for all the wrong reasons. "On my season, we enjoyed the crazy people until you had to hang out with them," says Ace Young. "There was a guy in Hollywood week that jumped the stage, landed on the judges' panel, jumped back down and got back on the stage, and rolled around like a dog trying to get a bug off of him. He made the show and that's all he wanted."

For those singers who want to make it beyond the first few weeks, Young and Hicks offer some practical advice. "All of the songs that I did on the show, the last 30 seconds I wrote musically, because an ending is important," says Hicks. "I've learned that, singing in bars. You might have played the song terribly, but if you have a big ending, people might stand up and clap."

Adds Young. "Be prepared to work. There are 200 people just like you, and they're getting cut from day one," he says. "Don't play with the other people. Don't stay up and be a child. You've got to look at it like work. Realize your whole family is expecting that from you."

And according to Young, for those who make the Top 24 the journey is just about to begin. "That's why we watch the show, because somebody's life will change."

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[color=#9300C4]Taylor sings "Country Roads" [/color]

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The Idols would be coached through the unfamiliar and treacherous shoals of country music by Kenny Rogers.

USA Today, Idol Chatter noted, "Taylor didn't help by singing the sickly-sweet John Denver song Take Me Home, Country Roads. Song choice, people. By far his worst, most colorless performance, and he sounded dangerously off in his higher register at the end."

[color=#9300C4]Taylor Hicks: “Take Me Home Country Roads” [/color]

Written by masterclasslady

April 6, 2006 at 4:16 pm

Strengths: Taylor –it was great to see you looking relaxed and comfortable behind the microphone. Once again we were able to focus on your gently unique vocals and this performing position also encouraged you to technically enhance your vocal sound. Your mouth was continuously circular on the pure vowels, as you worked hard to avoid the pitfalls of those nasty country diphthongs.

You added some wonderfully intuitive melodic variations in this country classic. This is so important when you sing any cover song, but never more so than in the performance of country music. The repetitive nature of its natural folk music quality demands a musical and creative approach from the singer. If not, the song begins to sound mundane and ordinary. It is all about the communication and Taylor, as always, you have a warm open presence when you perform, allowing the listener to enjoy and feel your music.

I loved hearing the fabulous mix of your pure lyrical vocals and your rustic vocal sound. These nuances added nice variation to the melodic and lyrical delivery of this number. Great work, Taylor!

Critique: Okay Taylor, who made you sing this song? Every week, I always felt that you were totally committed to the emotional essence of your song selections. However, this week, your body language was sending out different vibes. This song certainly didn’t speak to your superior level of artistry.

Is this the same Taylor who selected last week’s song, “Trouble?” I can’t believe that you went from such a soulfully intricate song like Trouble to such a one- dimensional mundane song selection as Country Roads?

There was a visual and auditory disconnect in segments of your performance this week, Taylor. Additionally, your voice lacked your customary intensity and focus. Yes, the vowels were pure and the face was open and expressive, but the diaphragmatic support was almost non-existent. Additionally, this lack of support accentuated a nasal tone in your voice that was never an issue in previous weeks.

Additionally, as much as we could appreciate your vocals this week, Taylor, you needed to move away from the microphone and work the stage. This is not a song that can be delivered while being glued to the mike. Perhaps you were frustrated as well. You use your body well when you sing and I could see that those feet were itching to do some stage traveling. (chuckle)

Also, I feel that, perhaps, the key of the song was a tone too high. The melodic line was not sitting correctly in your vocal register. Be very careful of key selection. Do not select songs that sit too high in your register, therefore not allowing you to display the depth and beauty of your mid and lower range. Your vocal quality in your high register is very light and, because the melodic line hovered continuously in this area of your voice, your overall vocal sound was very thin.

Finally, as this was an up-tempo song, you must practice your up-tempo songs slowly – like vocal yoga –making certain that the sustaining pure vowel element is being supported through proper diaphragmatic breathing technique. Generally, I felt that the overall arrangement of this song was very rushed. It was as if an ambulance was on its way to take you home via the country roads. The tempo of the background music didn’t allow you to breathe effectively and we were left with a hurried and frantic performance. I know this is a 60- minute show, but still…

So, let’s jump back on the horse, Taylor and knock some Queen out of the ballpark next week! Good luck!
P.S. I didn’t like this song either (chuckle) and I missed the dancing!

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Taylor goes "Crazy"
I was expecting Crazy Little Thing Called Love to be fine, and it was. For dramatic dance moves, Taylor didn't equal Kellie but he sang with some fire, which he desperately needed to do after sleepwalking through John Denver-land last week. Goofy but fun.

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Taylor Hicks: “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”

Strengths: Taylor –when I first heard that you were performing this song, I had a slight misgiving about your song selection, not because it wasn’t suited to your voice; on the contrary, I think it is a really great match. What concerned me was the over-exposure this song has endured on numerous Idol shows, so I was worried that this would attract a less than enthusiastic viewer response.

However, that was before I heard this week’s Taylor-made, version of this great Queen classic. Talk about your molding a song to suit your own style! Finally, after a couple of weeks, the Idol fans were once again gifted with the authentic Taylor Hicks and not a moment too soon. I don’t blame you for kicking that microphone stand out of the way; it was an impediment to your uniquely exciting singing style. You were finally released from the mike stand confinement and what a difference it made in your performance.

At the outset of this song, I could feel the “Elvis” vibe that has created such a buzz throughout the message boards and the media. You were definitely channeling some “Elvis”, but as the song moved along, it was all about Taylor the artist. You came with one mission to accomplish – to entertain your legions of fans – and your love and passion for the art of music was exemplary. You are in this business for all the right reasons!

I loved everything about your stage choreography, from the double kick of the microphone stand, to the rhythmic up and down movement on the stage steps, to the interaction with the audience as you moved onto the secondary stage in the audience. It was an animated, buoyant and dynamic showcase that truly celebrated all that is wonderful about exciting live performances.

Vocally, your voice enjoyed a renewed sense of energy, simply because you were no longer restrained to one position on the stage. Your whiskey tenor voice beautifully embraced the melodic line and the lyrical content came alive with your soulful interpretive skills. I always have great respect for an artist who strives to bend or mold the original melodic line; it adds an element of originality and creativity to the overall performance of a song that has been covered by so many artists. Your unique, personal approach to this song performance was just outstanding, Taylor.

Also, you never pushed your voice to create a bigger sound – you allowed the vocal sound to evolve through your innate means of expression. I always tell my singers that many of the technical issues disappear if you immerse yourself into the soul and essence of the song’s emotional core. You have to live and breathe your song during a performance and no one does this better than you, Taylor.

Your profound love and respect for the art is extraordinary and you impart a professional approach to your song style each and every week. Your sense of fun and abandon on that Idol stage is contagious and your love for the art is inspiring. The joy of music! What a concept and you truly embrace and respect this concept each and every week on that Idol stage.

Bravo Taylor! This was just a gem of a performance!

Critique: I have very little to critique this week Taylor. I am just thrilled that you have been allowed to represent your distinct artistry. The stage is your home, not the microphone stand and you, as well as all the singers, must be allowed to explore this performance terrain. How else can you fully communicate an upbeat joyful song like Crazy Little thing Called Love? Not possible.

Now, what I would like to hear from you is more of that gorgeous sustained vocal sound that I enjoyed when you performed Trouble a couple of weeks ago. It would be great to discover a song that would address both sides of your artistic personality: the vocalist AND the performer. Also, it would be additionally beneficial to find a number that would highlight other areas of your vocal range, more specifically, the mid and lower range. I suspect that next week’s music will be very conducive to this.

Congratulations on a spectacular showcase this week, Taylor! Bravo!

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This was the week that Taylor was to have sung WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS , but had to change to CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE.........

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Taylor Hicks: “You Send Me”

Strengths: Taylor –you are the bomb. You are like a musical magician, pulling all sorts of vocal surprises out of your magic hat, or in this case, your magic vocal cords. You started this inspired song selection with perfect style. You captured your audience – and in particular the Soul Patrol – in the palm of your hand as you casually glided across the stage romancing your listeners with your bluesy, soulful lyrics. You were quite the charismatic spectacle, Taylor, and I can’t remember seeing such a phenomenal look of joy on your face during a performance.

Or was it a mischievous look, a teaser of what was yet to come at the finale of this song? It didn’t matter, because the whole ambiance of your performance was a first rate, entertaining, tour de force. You exuded a confident and truly authentic demeanor throughout this song and you truly embraced your audience with the repetitive lyrics.

When confronted with repetition in the lyrical content, a singer has to really make certain that he or she is using this cyclic element as a means of vocal emphasis, otherwise the words will begin to sound mundane and senseless. Well you, Taylor, took the bull by the horns and used this opportunity to vocally address different areas of your live audience and, in a couple of instances your television audience. Smart guy! It also afforded you time to pace yourself and conserve your energy for the vibrant, Taylorized finale.

And what a finale that was. You know what your fans want and you gave them all that and more.

Also, Taylor, I have to say a resounding thank you! In last week’s evaluation, I encouraged you to find a song that would highlight the strength and beauty of your entire vocal range, while at the same time allowing you to be a free spirit on the stage, incorporating your distinct stage choreography with stellar vocals. The style and substance thing I keep harping on about! Well, this week you made it happen, Taylor, and now I am a happy camper here at my computer. Your vocals were beautifully sustained, wonderfully resonant and energized through the usage of the correct technical channels. You were really applying a cohesive approach to those pure vowels and your vocal timbre had a richer, robust quality than in previous weeks. Additionally, I loved the intermittent inclusion of your rustic vocals into this soulful number; it contrasted beautifully with the purer vocal timbre and highlighted your ability to add nuance and inflection in your singing voice.

In closing, I would like to add that you are one of the most generous musicians I have ever encountered in a live performance. The only other singer that I think of when I see you perform is retro superstar Michael Buble. Both of you have such an appreciation, respect and passion for the music – and for your fans. It is what separates you from the rest of the pack and will ensure continued success in the music industry.

Bravo Taylor and Whoo Hoo to you and the Soul Patrollers!

Critique: Taylor – just make certain that you are incorporating the correct technique when you sing in your more energized sections of your songs. I feel that you are, however, I do worry that some of the important technical elements may have been forgotten as you shimmied and vibrated towards the grand finale of this number. I don’t think there was a huge misplacement of technique, but, naturally, with all the energy you exerted, it is difficult to balance all the performing elements with the technical elements.

In rehearsal, make certain that you are practicing your vocals separate from your dancing, thus ensuring that your full attention is on the singing aspect of the performance. This way you will ensure that all the technical essentials (the sustaining element, proper diaphragmatic breathing, and proper vocal placement) are in place.

Also, it seemed that you exceeded your estimation of the final refrain of the musical accompaniment and your concluding ad lib vocals didn’t match what was happening in the orchestration. Make certain that you judiciously practice the rhythmic components of your ad lib sections, so these spontaneous Taylorized vocalizations are seamless and match what is happening in the background accompaniment.

However, this was such a monumentally successful performance, Taylor. I cannot wait until Andrea Bocelli weaves his magic on you. You, along with your Top 6 colleagues, are going to kick some serious bel canto butt next week. It’s going to be a long seven days for me!

Congratulations once again, on a spectacular showcase this week, Taylor! Bravo!

[color=#9300C4]USA Today Idol Chatter [/color]

Taylor doesn't quite 'Send' me

Taylor stretched the definition of standards a little, although in a good way -- I think the Sam Cooke songbook more than deserves to rank with the Tin Pan Alley classics of yesteryear. But it gave Taylor a leg up, because it's much more soul-oriented than the average cocktail-lounge standard.

Unfortunately, he raced through it a bit, minimizing the soulful factor, and the improvised ending was way over the top. Though there were a couple of good moments, restraint would have improved it. Overall, it could have been a lot better.

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The Masterclass Lady chimes in with her usual words of praise and criticism.

Strengths: Taylor –even though this wasn’t your first song choice, I have to say that you performed this song extremely well. You had – what – less than 48 hours to learn this number? Incredible! And I suspected from the very minute that you opened your mouth to sing that this was not your song of choice. I think everyone is able to read you now, Taylor, and we know which songs turn your crank and which don’t. However, to your credit, you maintained an extremely professional demeanor throughout this performance

Actually, I like this song, as did David Foster and Andrea Bocelli. The composing elements have a soulful vibe that spoke well to your particular style of singing. I think, if given the appropriate amount of time, you would have truly knocked this song out of the ballpark. That being said, you still hit a vocal home run in so many ways. How many? Well, let us count the ways, shall we?

First of all, you approached the song in your usual inventive manner and taylorized the song to fit your uniquely soulful voice. You were not a James Ingram clone, even though I love his singing very much. You had a creative approach to your vocal delivery that enabled you to perform this or any song with a distinct and unique style, totally different than what is the norm. This is of monumental importance, as you distance your vocal style from the millions of karaoke singers in this world.

Additionally, you communicated the heart -warming essence of the song just beautifully. Your camera technique was excellent and we were left with a genuine and authentic vocal delivery. Your have innate expressive qualities, Taylor, that cannot be taught or explained. Call it charisma, call it sincerity, call it musicality and artistry, and call it anything you want. It is just there-an intangible force.

I also appreciated the melodic variations that you implemented throughout this performance, another testament to your instinctive artistry. As always, I loved your distinctive blend of pure and rustic vocals; this is how you add inflection to your singing style. A little dose of that fantastic whiskey tenor voice added the appropriate emphasis and dynamic variation to the lyrical and melodic composition. Your voice told the story. It is a heart -rending love song and we heard the angst and passion in your voice, Taylor.

Finally, your voice, particularly during your more passionate sections of the song, sounded richly focused and technically enhanced. Your mouth maintained a consistent circular formation, as you adhered your vocal sound to the pure vowels within your lyrics. This was another excellent showcase for you, Taylor! Kudos to you! And always remember, the Soul Patrol always has your back. Not to worry!

Critique: Taylor – when I first heard you were doing this song, I was very happy. As I said above, I love this number very much. However, I could not believe this was your first choice and now we know it was not. I think you and a few other singers were railroaded once again because of clearance issues aka American Idol issues. It was clearly evident that you were not a happy camper singing this song, so it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the reason.

And then you were glued to the mike stand once again. I thought we were finished with your love affair with the mike stand. Who made you stand there, Taylor? Give me names. Perhaps they don’t understand that Taylor Hicks behind a microphone is not what the viewers are tuning in to see. They want to see an energetic, beaming, vigorous performance that only you and you alone can give Taylor.

Actually, at one point in the song, just before the key change, I thought that you were going to surprise us once again. I envisioned you releasing the mike from the stand and moving forward on stage to deliver an impassioned and soulful end to the song. It didn’t happen, unfortunately, but it would have definitely solidified a stronger end to the song. However, your soulful and pitch perfect melisma (scale like passage) was an excellent substitute nonetheless.

Additionally, Taylor, make certain that you access your diaphragmatic support when you sing your quieter passages. Like some of the other singers this week, you allowed your voice to be less resonant and vibrant when singing the quieter sections of the song, indicating that the diaphragmatic muscles were not enabling the correct resonation of the vocal sound.

You have to maintain a whispered intensity when you sing softly and, additionally, not allow your enunciation to falter. In fact, practice whispering your softer passages, drawing your attention to the crispness of your consonants, while at the same time sustaining your speaking voice on the pure vowels. Actors have to solidify this technique so that their voices can carry at every level of intensity. The same is true for singers.

In closing, I hope the judges will keep a lid on their hypocrisy throughout the short remainder of this competition. First they wanted you to make your vocals shine and avoid excessive dancing. Then when you followed through on this, they thought the performance was boring. It seems they don’t know what they want, so next week, show them what you – and your audience –wants and bring it!

See you next week Taylor. Continue to keep it real! Bravo once again

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[color=#9300C4]PLAY THAT FUNKY MUSIC [/color]

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'Something' 'Funky' from Taylor: a mixed bag

Year of birth song: Wild Cherry's 1976 hit, Play That Funky Music, is certainly Taylor-made, and he got to show off his usual moves and then some. But face facts, there are few songs in the history of popular music that rival Funky for sheer, crass stupidity. It was impossible to take this performance seriously, so he'll have to hope people take it as fun. Also, all things considered, not the kind of thing we really want from our Idols.

Current hit: Taylor cleverly found a way to do two oldies by picking a Beatles song from the Billboard catalog/reissues chart. Something was a good contrast to the histrionics of Play That Funky Music, and it gave Taylor a chance to pull his Joe Cocker mannerisms out of his box of tricks. Actually, though, he showed a lot more restraint than Cocker did, a wise idea, as shown by the wavering pitch he displayed when he tried to go all Cockeresque at the end. That provided a shaky moment, but all in all it was a plus for Taylor.

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It’s the Top 5 showcase and, unlike previous weeks, the singers were required to utilize their own artistic resources in the selection and interpretation of their songs. No guest artists, no guest vocal coaches, no specific themes or genres! This week, the Top 5 were able to select two songs each, the first reflecting a song released during their birth year and the second reflecting a song that is currently gracing the Top 100 Billboard Charts.

So, with two opportunities to showcase their vocal and creative skills, I expected the singers to select songs that highlighted their distinctive style and musicality. And, generally, they delivered as expected extremely well, I thought! I won’t waste valuable word space in this Masterclass header. With two songs to evaluate this week, I will save my brain power and finger strength for the individual adjudication of the Top 5 singers. So, let the Top 5 showdown begin!

Taylor Hicks: “Play that Funky Music” (Wild Cherry) and “Something”(Beatles/George Harrison)

Strengths: Taylor –talk about choosing songs from opposite sides of the genre spectrum. Now, attention everybody and “listen up”! This is how you program your music and keep it real and interesting. Taylor, your song selections this week defined who you are as an artist. Your musical vibe is assuredly blues and soul; however, this week’s performances confirmed that you are extremely capable of incorporating your distinct soulful sound into any song from any genre.

The result was an innovative and new cover of a familiar classic such as Something. We are so accustomed to hearing the Beatles version. The original version is a gem; however, your take on this song was absolutely refreshing. The Beatles were responsible for introducing classical components into the rock genre and their innovative composing method paved the way for the numerous composers who followed in their footsteps. However, Taylor, you added a soulful sound to this song, while still maintaining the classical elements in the melodic and harmonic structure. It was absolutely beautiful.

Technically, I think this was your best performance. The musical elements are always present in each one of your performances, but, this week, your voice sounded absolutely radiant and energized throughout both numbers. However, it was your Something performance that afforded the listener opportunity to hear the depth and beauty of your vocal talent. And the sincerity and sensitivity was so palpable, it resonated long after the performance ended.

It was interesting to see you look so “in the moment” of this heart- rending song after you completed your performance and you were awaiting the judges’ critique. It was obvious that you had deeply internalized the song lyrics and the emotion of the song was still part of your essence long after the music stopped. It was quite a revealing picture – and yet startling at the same time, as we are all so accustomed to that ubiquitous “taylorized” smile after each performance. It almost seemed to me like you were thinking, “Analyze this, judges! Don’t mess with this song!” Well, that’s what I was thinking nonetheless!

Your Play That Funky Music number was an inspired song choice as well. The stage exploded when you began this number. Taylor Hicks doesn’t need fancy lighting and fireworks. It comes prepackaged with the man! How could anyone not like this song? It was a tour de force, a soulful masterpiece that left no artistic stone unturned. You should be teaching a Masterclass in Performance Arts, Taylor, because this is how it’s done.

And no one listens to the Three Stooges aka the “judges” anymore, so they can pout and mope ‘til the cows come home because nobody cares what they think. However, their tiresome comments are better than chamomile tea at night, so that’s a good thing I guess!

Also, during “Funky Music, I once again loved the mixture of rustic versus pure vocals. You use your gravelly voice wisely and judiciously. You are obviously grounding your vocal sound through the correct diaphragmatic technical process. If the opposite were true, your voice would have sounded breathy and unfocused and this was definitely not the case.

Your voice was a viable living presence on stage and your spirit was contagious and positively infectious. I rarely see a performer who loves the stage and their audience more than you. As I said last week, the only other current performer that comes to mind is the great Michael Buble, so you are in great company.

What more can I say, Taylor! You were just superb. From the song selections to every element in your vocal performance, your brilliance and positive spirit remains unparalleled in this competition. Bravo and congratulations for two memorable performances Taylor!


Critique: Taylor –there is little if anything to critique in this performance. Your dual showcase was virtually flawless. Your vocal and choreographic elements were meticulously rehearsed and I always felt that you were in total control of every aspect of your performances this week. What you have brought to the Idol stage this season is nothing short of inspiring and I know that, regardless of the outcome, you are destined for greatness beyond the confines of American Idol.

Kudos and bravissimo!

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