Anyhow, I had Taylor picked out way back in February, when I posted:
This may be the earliest year I've picked my "horse" on American Idol: I'm pulling for Taylor Hicks, the gray-haired blues singer. In all honesty, I don't think he's got a chance, but you never know.
That's right: you never know. The guy's proven to be a lot more confident, versatile, magnetic, and just plain fun than I had thought possible. I'm rooting for Taylor, hard.
My track record with Idol is 1-2. I didn't watch year one; I rooted for Clay Aiken in Year Two (he lost to Ruben Studdard, but has since done very well); I rooted for Fantasia Barrino in Year Three (she won, defeating Diana DiGarmo); I rooted for Bo Bice last year (he lost to Carrie Underwood). So we'll see.
I'm also going to shout out right now to the folks who have been hanging out over at Idol Tongues, a blog where we all have infected the comments threads with tons of snark each week. (Warning: if you peruse the threads there, be prepared for naughty words!) I wouldn't call myself a political soulmate of any of these folks, but that doesn't matter one bit, does it? So thanks to Beth, Ian, Timmer, Chris, Tammy, and anyone else from previous nights of Idol-istic snark. And thanks to Michele for creating Idol Tongues in the first place.