James, Is that an original moniker for Mr. Hicks?
After resisting Idol for years, I finally gave in this season. Slate's music critic surmises that curmudgeons like me are coming around because its quality has increased. Maybe so. But at the end of the day/show, it is good, fun, clean television.
I offer a third prediction for Taylor Hicks. He has the spirit and the voice despite his cheesiness. Katherine McPhee, despite her looks and potential, just falls flat.