September 1, 2012 |
Who says the Republicans throw a conservative party? There was nothing conventional about Tampa. Did you ever think you'd hear both the GOP presidential and vice presidential candidates use the bully pulpit to brag about their iPod playlists? I'm firmly convinced that "What's on your playlist?" will become the next political litmus test. All candidates will be asked to release the last two years of their iTunes Store purchases. When Tuesday night led off with the Oak Ridge Boys singing "Amazing Grace," I worried that the convention was going to be duller than a church social.
May 19, 2010
A story Tuesday on American Idol incorrectly identified the winner of the program's fifth season, who was Taylor Hicks. The Inquirer wants its news report to be fair and correct in every respect, and regrets when it is not. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, contact assistant managing editor David Sullivan (215-854-2357) at The Inquirer, Box 8263, Philadelphia 19101, or e-mail email@example.com .
July 6, 2009 |
WE WERE supposed to be talking about his spotlight role in "Grease" (opening tomorrow at the Academy of Music), or maybe his current album, "The Distance," or maybe his tell-some memoir, "Heart Full of Soul," which recounts the guy's rise from a humble Alabama childhood to the Season Five winner on "American Idol. " But the morning I caught up with Taylor Hicks was a sad one. Michael Jackson had died the night before, and the shock hadn't worn off. First, we had to grieve. "Of course I was a big fan," Hicks said on the cell phone from Detroit, where "Grease" was in residence and, ironically, where M.J. first got props as a member of the Jackson Five, recording for Motown.
May 17, 2008 |
Wedding bells to peal for Ellen Just hours after the California Supreme Court struck down a state law banning same-sex marriage on Thursday, TV talker Ellen DeGeneres announced that she and actress Portia de Rossi plan to wed. Ellen, who shared the news during a taping of an episode to air yesterday, was met with thunderous applause and a standing O. "I can't wait to get married," Ellen later told the Advocate. "We all deserve the same rights. " Taylor heads to heaven American Idol superhero Taylor Hicks, whose fan base goes by the name the Soul Patrol, will make his Broadway debut as Teen Angel in Grease starting on June 6. Hicks, 31, who says the role is "a classic fit for a classic performer," tells the AP he will add "soulful flavor" to his rendition of "Beauty School Dropout.
April 13, 2007 |
Why do American Idols insist on playing Philadelphia the very night the results show is on television? Chris Daughtry played a few Wednesdays ago. Elliott Yamin is here May 23, the night Sanjaya is crowned . . . I mean, the next winner is announced. Season No. 5 victor Taylor Hicks played to an enthused half-a-house at the Tower Theater on Wednesday. At least it's not results night for Dancing With the Stars. The concession stand would have closed from lack of business.
March 23, 2007 |
Stephanie Edwards should stay hopeful. While she was losing her slot on TV's American Idol on Wednesday night, whittling the number of would-be Idols to 10, another former loser sold out the Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia to a crowd of moms and Mohawked kids. That was Chris Daughtry, the shaven-headed, big-singing rocker whose eponymous debut has racked up more sales than Idol '06's winner (Taylor Hicks) and runner-up (Katherine McPhee) combined. Daughtry may not have had wee fans crying, as Sanjaya did. But a few girls had to be led outside to catch their breath.
January 31, 2007 |
Winning isn't everything. Ask Taylor Hicks - or Chris Daughtry, for that matter. The gray-haired retro-soul singer seized the "American Idol" crown last year, leaving the chome-domed rocker wheezing as fourth runner-up. Fast-forward eight months and it's Daughtry who's now modeling the tiara while Hicks stands muttering on the runway. "Daughtry" became the No. 1 album in the country this week, with sales of nearly 1.3 million copies so far. While the disk only beat out the "Dreamgirls" soundtrack by a hair (just 130 copies separated the two)
August 26, 2006 |
The Tom Cruise publicity machine is a'rolling - sending out a missionary to deliver an actual, though indirect, pseudo-apology. This, in the wake of the breakup with his monster bride, Paramount Pictures, which has accused him of acting like a one-man freak show since he brought Katie Holmes under his circus big top. War of the Worlds coproducer Kathleen Kennedy tells the New York Daily News that Scientology's impossible missionary is afflicted with...
July 23, 2006 |
President Bush got 59 mil votes in '04. On May 24, Taylor Hicks got 63 mil. Yeah, people can cast multiple votes for American Idol, but the Alabama singer's rousing win has still earned him an invitation to the Oval Office on Friday. Hicks and the other top 10 finalists, including Katharine McPhee, Elliott Yamin and Chris Daughtry, will be the first Idolaters to meet the prez. Taylor already has a White House in: Laura Bush's press secretary taught him ninth-grade English.
June 15, 2006 |
PEOPLE magazine is ready to unveil its list of hottest bachelors and No. 1 is silver-haired, hip-thrusting, 29-year-old "American Idol," Taylor Hicks. Hicks says he'd like to give up his bachelor days, but "There's been no time," for dating. "Now, I wouldn't mind spending the rest of my life with the right woman. " The right woman could be one Hicks exchanged glances with on a recent airline flight. Of the mystery blonde, he says, "We waved and did a double-take look. It seemed like something out of a movie.