While the next American Idol won’t be revealed until tonight’s season finale (8 P.M., Fox), online fans have chosen graying 29-year-old Taylor Hicks as the victor. Judge Simon Cowell declared the winner after last night’s final round yet the final decision will not be decided until tonight. For this final round of Idol, 50-60 million votes are expected; that’s almost half the number of votes cast in the 2004 presidential election.
Here’s what the people are saying:
“I voted for 4 hours. There were 3 of us, and we each had 3 text phones and a landline going. We took turns voting on 2 phones. Then we watched Taylor again; he can make anything sound great!” — Angie63, IdolForum
“Taylor came out singing and dancing through the aisles, making an endearing spectacle of himself as he has all season. Katherine, on the other hand, showed why she’s not quite ready for prime time.” — Keith Boykin
“I’m pulling for Katharine (based on star power).” — TVgasm
“Alabaman Joe Cocker-wannabe Taylor Hicks was the odds-on favorite to defeat Katharine McPhee, a so-so pop singer who happens to be hotter than a thousand dying suns.” — Hit & Run
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