On this day in Alabama history: Taylor Hicks won ‘American Idol’

On this day in Alabama history: Taylor Hicks won ‘American Idol’
"American Idol" finalist Taylor Hicks of Alabama reacts to the judges' comments after finishing his third performance during the "American Idol" Season 5 final performances May 23, 2006 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)

May 24, 2006

Birmingham’s Taylor Hicks was announced as the winner of “American Idol” in its fifth season. Following his “Idol” win, Hicks released a self-titled album on Arista Records later that year. Hicks’ style can be best described as a mix of rhythm and blues, blues, country and pop. Hicks began singing professionally as a teen, performing and touring the Southeast. His resume expanded to include Broadway and Las Vegas shows. In 2009, he went on a national tour in “Grease” and later became the first “American Idol” winner to secure a long-term performance at a Las Vegas casino. In 2016, he branched into television as host of an original series called “State Plate.”

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