Silver Bulletpoints: 11 Things We Learned From Taylor Hicks’s Yahoo Music Interview
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Season 5 "American Idol" winner-turned-Vegas entertainer Taylor Hicks is one busy guy. On a whirlwind trip to Los Angeles to play this Sunday's fourth annual "Salute to the Stars" Oscar party, the Soul Patroller took in an "Idol" taping and starred in a funny skit on "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson"…but he also took the time to visit Yahoo Music, where he colorfully dished about everything from his famous silver hair to his equally famous purple velvet jacket.
And the interview was pure gold. Here are some highlights:
1. He was never an Idol to dye for. The Silver Fox admitted that when he was on "Idol," when he was 29 years old, he was encouraged many times to color his prematurely gray locks. "[Celebrity hairdresser] Dean Banowetz did our hair on the show, and he was always trying to get me to dye it. And I never did," Taylor laughed. But, being a financially savvy entrepreneur who recently landed on Forbes's Top 10 American Idol Earners list (ranking above Jennifer Hudson and Kellie Pickler!), Taylor of course added: "Maybe there's a Just for Men's sponsorship in there for me somewhere…"
2. He's happy to be "Idol's" oldest winner ever. "I know that they said that I looked the oldest!" Taylor, now age 37, chuckled. "But I was very fortunate to catch a break late in my twenties. I think that [teen 'Idol' winners] Scotty [McCreery] and Jordin [Sparks] have done an amazing job of keeping focused on their careers, but I can only imagine now, looking back, what it would have been like if I had been 19 and won 'American Idol.' I would probably be somewhat of a crossbreed between Johnny Manziel and Miley Cyrus! I was glad it happened later than earlier." And again, thinking entrepreneurially, he added: "Looking back on it, I think I probably should have written a how-to book. 'How to Look 50 and Win 'American Idol.'" (In the meantime, voracious readers can pick up his autobiography, "Heart Full of Soul.")
3. That plush purple blazer isn't in his closet anymore. It's behind glass! The most famous item in Taylor's old "Idol" wardrobe is now on display at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. So what if Taylor wants to wear it again? "I think I can borrow it," he said. "I've thought about breaking it out on 'Idol' at some point, when I show back up, just for watercooler buzz. But I haven't found that perfect moment yet." However, that jacket may need to be taken in, since Taylor is considerably slimmer now than he was on "Idol" in 2006. "Yes, luckily, it might have to need some tailoring. That looked like a big purple parachute or something in that glass case," Taylor laughed.