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.

On Soul Patrol with Taylor Hicks [Relix]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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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.