Taylor Hicks Wins American Idol
Birmingham, Alabama’s Taylor Hicks has won the fifth “American Idol” competition. He joins Rueben Studdard as 205 area code winners.
A couple of amazing stats:
- More than 63 million votes were cast, “more than any president in the history of our country has received.”
- This edition of “American Idol” was the most-watched yet. Compared to last year, the show was up 14 percent in total viewers with an average weekly audience of 30.3 million — impressive growth for an established program.
I watched several episodes of the 2nd season, which pitted Studdard against Clay Aiken, because it was on at the gym at the townhouse complex where I was living at the time on my workout nights. Otherwise, I’ve totally missed this phenomenon. That it’s still getting more popular five years into its run is impressive indeed.