Taylor Hicks says American Idol, which he doesn’t watch, “for me, is fizzling out”

A few weeks away from the release of his debut album, American Idol 5 winner Taylor Hicks is already starting to distance himself from the competition that made him famous.

In an interview with Relix magazine, he also disses the crapsastic single producers made him perform, Do I make You Proud, which he says was not his. “I tried to make that single my own single but in reality it’s the show’s single. It’s not mine,” he said. “The song that was given to me first, I got up from a chair and walked right out of the studio. I was handed this song and I was just like, ‘No way, you’re not going to make me sing this song. I’m out of here.”

Of course, they did make him sing that song. But he says now that the show represents not the start of his career but a stage in it. “The beginning for me on a national level was American Idol, but obviously I’ve been trying to play as much live music as I could since I was about 15.”

And Taylor admits that he does not watch the series. “You know what? I don’t watch it either! [laughs] You can write that,” he told the interviewer.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.