Interesting article. Obviously, it’s all Mr. Ho’s opinion, but it’s INFORMED opinion. He has covered Idol for years for the Atlanta Journal Constitution and he knows of what he speaks. I will admit to being surprised at his Number One pick, but I can see his logic. His statement regarding Taylor is sure to raise some eyebrows, but I would tend to agree with his assessment. He has him listed square in the middle at Number 12 out of 25.
The relevant portion:
12. Taylor Hicks. He is one of the more distinctive personalities ever to come out of “Idol.” He made great TV, which is why he won “Idol” in 2006. But his 70s-style rock-soul was never an easy sell commercially. He’s going to tour for the rest of his life and I’m sure he’ll be happy about that, even if it ends up being Smith’s Olde Bar-type places when he’s 50. He’s currently on the “Grease” national tour in a basically cameo role.
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