The Archive does not accept the upload of concerts recorded after January 1, 2006 due to the terms of his "American Idol" contract.Hicks auditioned for American Idol in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 10, 2005.His energetic stage performances and influences derived from classic rock, blues, and R&B music had earned him a following of devout fans, who have been dubbed the "Soul Patrol." He performed on Broadway in 2008 and on national tour in 2009 in Grease playing Teen Angel, the role originated by Alan Paul.

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Hicks was named the new American Idol on May 24, 2006, winning the title over Mc Phee, with over 63.4 million votes cast in total.

The proclamation was aired to a worldwide audience of 200 million television viewers.

Hicks got his start as a professional musician in his late teens and performed around the Southeastern United States for well over the span of a decade, during which he also released two independent albums.

Upon winning Idol, he was signed to Arista Records, under which his self-titled major label debut was released on December 12, 2006.

On the May 10, 2006, results show, Hicks along with Katharine Mc Phee and Elliott Yamin, were announced as the Top 3 finalists.

On May 12, Idol producers brought Hicks to Birmingham for a weekend of promotional events including television interviews for the local Fox affiliate, a downtown parade, concerts, and an audience with Governor Bob Riley.

On June 6, 2008, Hicks joined the cast of the Broadway musical Grease in the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

He played the role of "Teen Angel." Once his 18-month tour in the traveling Broadway show 'Grease' ended, Hicks performed in over 20 live shows.

He then pursued a major in business and journalism at Auburn University, but lost interest and dropped out after three years.

In 1997, he independently recorded In Your Time, an album which included both studio and live tracks.

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