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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Taylor Hicks Talks Comparisons To Danny Gokey

There may not ever be another leader of the Soul Patrol, but season five "American Idol" champ Taylor Hicks says he doesn't mind being compared to Danny Gokey, the bespectacled season seven fan favorite.

"Well, I'd like think I was just a little bit better dancer," Hicks joked recently to AccessHollywood.com's correspondent Laura "Dish of Salt" Saltman backstage at a taping of Fox Reality Channel's "American Idol Extra."

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Gokey earned high praise from judge Simon Cowell but failed to win any points with his dance moves while performing Michael Jackson's "P.Y.T." last week.

Hicks believes it's Gokey's loss of his wife (just months before the audition) that is shaping him as a singer.

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"He has a distinctive voice and I think it's because of the pain and the loss. Over time experiences show up when you sing as far as when you hear tone. I think that's the reason why he is doing so well."

As for his staying power in the competition Hicks says, "I think he has got a shot to win."

And he offers this advice to Danny, "I think when you are on Idol you have to just go out there with this reckless abandonment. You have to go out there and lay it all out," he said. "You have to dance. You have to sing. You have to move across the stage. People want to see you move. They want to see you go out into the crowd. I think performance is just as big as the vocals."

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Hicks can be seen in an upcoming episode of "American Idol Extra" performing "What's Right Is Right," the brand new single off his sophomore album, "The Distance." The album hit stores March 10.

Hicks can also be seen in the national tour of "Grease" as Teen Angel through May 2009.



JO GROVER said...

Not a Danny fan here. I really like a great singer who can perform and Danny is no Taylor. Lots of soul on AI this year,but my favorite is Adam. Fantastic singer and like Taylor he owns the stage and makes you want to watch each week to see what he's doing next. He also has those killer eyes and great smile but that's where the similarities end.

Trixi said...

I totally agree. I don't see any Taylor in him. Danny sings good...but he's no Taylor.

I also like Adam. I loved Ring Of Fire...

Nicholas said...

I completely disagree, I see a few similarities in Danny and Taylor. I was actually reading over at "Idol chatter" that Danny and his wife were fans of Taylor and voted for him during season 5. That in and of itself is reason enough for me to return the favor and vote for Danny...not to mention Danny is a great singer. I much prefer him to Adam.