May 24, 2006

Taylor Hicks wins ‘American Idol’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Soul singer Taylor Hicks won the 2006 "American Idol" contest on Wednesday, beating ballad singer Katharine McPhee in votes cast by fans of the most watched TV show in the United States.

Hicks, 29, whose prematurely graying hair and manic dancing has made him been a consistent favorite among the show's 30 million regular viewers, won a coveted recording contract and will release a single called "Do I Make You Proud."