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Just for Hicks: Walk the nine


taylor hicksTaylor Hicks kicked off country night on “American Idol.” Even with Kenny Rogers’ help, could the soul man get his twang on?

Recap after the jump …

Updated with video, elimination.

Taylor Hicks

‘Country roads, take me home to the place I belong …’

Song: "Take Me Home, Country Roads" by John Denver.

Judges say: Randy: “I thought the vocal was just OK. … I didn’t see you exude any of your personality.” Paula: “The song choice didn’t allow you to shine. … I expected a little more out of you.” Simon: “I thought it was safe, boring, lazy. It sounded like … no rehearsal.”

taylor hicks and kenny rogersKenny says: “When Taylor started out singing ‘Take Me Home,’ it felt weak to me. If he can make the song his, I think he’ll do really well.”

We say: The judges were kind. John Denver? Really?? It’s the Buddy Holly 1950s week all over again, thanks to a lousy song choice and flat delivery. Only his considerable fan base can save him now — and likely will.

Taylor Hicks

Sign of the times; actually, it’s Taylor’s grandma, Joni Hicks (screen says ‘Grandpa’)

Idol thoughts: Wow, Kellie Pickler can sing country. Whoda thunk? And ohmygod, they shilled Kenny! Best of the night: Chris Daughtry and Katharine McPhee.

Voting closes at 10 tonight.

Update: Watch Hicks perform “Take Me Home, Country Roads.”

Update: Eliminated on April 5: Mandisa(!).

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  1. Mrs. Tutor
    Wednesday, April 5, 2006, 1:10 am

    Taylor should could have picked a better song … something by Alabama would have been good for getting the maxium in-state vote. I see Hicks in the bottom three this week.

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