“Friday”: Finally a hit song for Taylor Hicks

American Idol‘s fifth-season winner, Taylor Hicks, finally has a new hit on his hands: a popular video of him parodying the viral video of Rebecca Black’s performance of “Friday.”

On Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert challenged Fallon to raise money for charity, and after raising $26,000 for DonorsChoose, which funds classroom projects, Colbert performed “Friday.” He was joined by the Roots and, spoiler alert, Taylor Hicks–and his appearance made the whole thing even more perfectly ridiculous. Taylor at once made fun of himself a little bit and made himself seem a lot cooler.

If you’ve been hiding from the Internet the past three weeks, Rebecca Black’s version of “Friday” has become an overnight sensation because of its insipid lyrics, the overproduction of the 13-year-old’s singing, and the cheesy video.

Here’s the performance from Late Night:

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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