[<< wikinews] Taylor Hicks crowned American Idol winner
Thursday, May 25, 2006 

Taylor Hicks the 29-year-old Birmingham, Alabama, native was crowned the fifth season winner of American Idol. Taylor received the majority of the 63.4 million votes cast after Tuesday night's two-hour performance show.
The finale was broadcast on Fox and CTV, from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.
Hicks got a recording contract with the RCA Music Group as his prize.
His first single is called "Do I Make You Proud" written by Tracy Ackerman, Andrew Watkins and Paul Wilson.
Hicks is expected to release an album in the upcoming months.

== Sources ==
Katie Hasty, N.Y.. "Hicks Crowned Fifth Season "American Idol"" — Billboard magazine, May 25, 2006Bill Keveney. "Taylor Hicks' destiny: 'Idol' crown" — USA Today, May 25, 2006Lynn Elber. "Taylor Hicks crowned 'Idol' winner" — Globe and Mail, May 25, 2006