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Just for Hicks: Six appeal

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taylor hicksSpringtime, and a young Idol finalist’s fancy turns to love songs. Gushy singer Andrea Bocelli and gushy songwriter David Foster were there to help put the six finalists in the mood. Did Birmingham’s Taylor Hicks feel the love?

Recap after the jump …

Updated with video, elimination.

Taylor Hicks

Rehearsing with Bocelli (second from left) and Foster (second from right); ‘I did my best, but I guess my best wasn’t good enough …’

Song: “Just Once” by James Ingram (or Quincy Jones).

taylor hicksJudges say: Randy: “That song was completely the wrong song. … It wasn’t half as good as the original.” Paula: “It wasn’t my favorite song.” Simon: “You looked uptight tonight. … You hear that every night … in hotel lounges. … It was not a winning performance.”

Andrea says: “Taylor is a good singer. He has a very beautiful instrument. He’s very interesting.”

David says: “Taylor potentially has the most charisma, which is a very very important part of being a star.”

We say: Meh. A workmanlike performance for a below-average song choice. Sad, really.

Taylor says: “You could tell they were just really listening and really trying to give us good opinions and good advice on the love songs we were singing.”

Taylor Hicks

Singing to fans and friends

Idol thoughts: Katharine McPhee, terrific (despite the judges’ criticisms). Elliott Yamin, surprisingly good. Kellie Pickler, the train wreck that voters love. Paris Bennett, “The Way We Were”? Uh-h-h … Chris Daughtry, pretty good, pretty boy.

Voting closes at 10 tonight.

Update: See Hicks perform “Just Once.”

Update: Eliminated on April 26: Kellie Pickler.

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  1. Big Mama
    Thursday, April 27, 2006, 1:26 pm
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    I’m gettin a LITTLE worried about my man Taylor~he took what without a doubt is a stunning, sexy song and made it sound pleading and empty..I’m beginning to wonder if Taylor is a 29 year old virgin! Get out! Come on T-man~sometimes feelings in music come from an area lower than the belt buckle. Next week we need an aching, bust yo butt rendition of whatever you choose-this YOU can do!

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