Boogie Boarder kmoss17819 found this gem of an article – it’s an interview with Temptation Otis Williams … and he mentions Taylor Hicks!
The relevant portion:
Geek – You say, “Great singing will always prevail.” That’s what they push on American Idol. Do you watch that TV show?
Otis Williams – Oh yeah, I watch it.
G – What do you think of it?
OW – Some of it is funny. Every now and then you run across somebody who can sing, but a lot of those people up there are kind of funny. I really like Taylor Hicks.
G – He’s good because he’s different.
OW – Yes, he is. I like his deliverance and he can sing.
You can read the rest here. It really is a very interesting article with an icon of the music world. Thank you, kmoss17819!!