Taylor Hicks numbers on most of the betting sites have pretty consistantly put him running in 3rd-4th place. Chris Daughtry, the now seemingly favorite of the Idol5 pack with K. McPhee and Mandisa doing battle with the 2nd and 3rd places. When you go to look up the Vote4 Idol numbers, though Hicks remains the Numero Uno overall Vote pick there, but Daughtry is surfing the top spot.
One thing is certain, the dark horse of Idol is running a good race. Last week's performance hurt him some in the running, although upon re-reviewing the video MANY times, I like it much more than that first night. What's necessary is for Hicks to pull a performance tonight of the caliber of "Taking it to the Streets". Or Better. We need to see the soul side of Hicks; been a lot of talk but not so much walk. 50's week had much to offer the new Mack Daddy of Soul to allow him to strut his Soul Thing; Ray Charles, Elvis, Muddy Waters, man I could write a paragraph! The would've, could've, should'ves that Hicks did not perform is a lengthy list. One thing his old fan base and his newly evolving fan base want to see is The Soulman in action working the Soul Thing.
Overriding discussion on all the boards with forums and discussion panels is that Hicks needs to pull a more serious note, be it an uptempo tune or a slower rendition, but a serious throw at
soul singing. And Never wear those white shoes again. (Until you win this, then come out and dance your heart out in them!)
Groove on Soulman.