Like charades…only, not.

Looks like honey-coated gravel songster Taylor Hicks will be in the spotlight right up until his single release drops and his tour kicks off in February. He’ll be one of the celebrities competing in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic (yeah…as much as I love Taylor, I think I’ll just rely on my dad to tell me how this one goes), alongside pros Mike Weir and Mark Brooks, and other celebrities including boxer Oscar De La Hoya, Jimmy Kimmel, Alice Cooper and Cheech Marin. That…sounds like an interesting mix of people, to say the least. Hey, I can always use some white noise in the background while I’m editing journal papers.

And speaking of Taylor, Debs over at MJ’s posted Taylor’s short bio and discography from Pandora, the awesome music recommendation radio website. Check out the “similar artists” section — though Taylor’s eponymous debut is not yet loaded (all they’ve got is “Do I Make You Proud” and “Takin’ It to the Streets”), he’s nevertheless compared to the likes of Eric James & The New Century (they’re okay; nice ethereal production, but the vocals are unremarkable), Amos Lee (very cool folksy artist in the vein of a Ray LaMontagne, even if he did kind of rip off Keb’Mo’s “Every Mornin'” for his “Bottom of the Barrel”), DecembeRadio (a Christian pop band), Maroon 5 (I blame “The Maze” for that unfortunate comparison), and Van Hunt (a somewhat breathy-voiced R&B artist whom I’d never heard of before now).

Fun stuff, y’all! Who do we get for some of our other favorite Season 5 cast-offs?

DAUGHTRY: Sounds like Dashboard Confessional (EMO! HA!), The Nixons (…yep), Seether (no shit), Paloalto (…if they say so), and Theory of a Deadman (okay, but these Theory people are better, and the lead has a much better voice).

Katharine McPhee: With her “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “My Destiny” loaded, she sounds like JoJo (well, that comparison’s only going to get worse…and not for JoJo), Shelby Lynne (I’m not seeing that one), Alanis Morissette (yes, I can see some of the songs on Jagged Little Pill being melodically similar to “My Destiny”), Celine Dion (not anymore, apparently…snerk) and Girls Aloud (whoever they are, they’re not on iTunes, so no go).

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What the kids are sayin’



"I hate them all. The judges, TPTB, the blatant manipulation, the songs, the contestants, everything. I'm a die-hard Cook fan, but for the love of god, at least try to look like you're enjoying yourself up there! Please? Syesha was awesome but she ruined it by being completely shameless and disgusting. Yes, being on American Idol is exactly like the civil rights movement, except for the part where you're fighting to make the world a better place."



"All I can say after the disgusting display tonight of favoritism towards the mediocrity that is David A. - good luck trying to market and make money off of that kid, American Idol. (Not to mention good luck dealing with his father.) All the teeny boppers may buy up his American Idol coronation single, but they will quickly forget about him before the album comes out. And I shudder to think of a David A. album - song after song of unrelenting sameness and heavy breathing. Why they are pimping him for the win is beyond me."



"This show was simply a hot buttered mess tonight. And Jason "needs to be arrested for what he did to I Shot the Sheriff. But I hope he stays. He amuses me. "

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