'American Idol' alumni: Where are they now?

Slideshow posted in Photos | Friday, February 25, 2011

14 of 32: Taylor Hicks, an Alabama singer dubbed the 'Silver Fox,' beat Katharine McPhee to win 'American Idol' during season 5 in 2006.

Hicks was 29 when he won the FOX singing contest series and is the show's oldest winner. After his win, he released a self-titled pop rock album, which has sold more than a million copies in the United States.

He did not enjoy the same commercial success as previous 'American Idol' winners, namely Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. Hicks was dropped by his record label and he released a follow-up record, "The Distance," independently. The album's songs had more of a blues and country sound and did not do as well, financially, as his previous effort.

Like many 'American Idol' alumni, Hicks became a Broadway star, making his debut in 2008. Between June and September of that year, the singer played Teen Angel in a revival of the hit musical "Grease." The character is known for his solo song, 'Beauty School Dropout.' Hicks reprised his role for an 18-month North American tour.

In April 2012, he announced he is set to begin an 8-week concert series at Bally's Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. He is the first show alum to secure a Las Vegas residency. It marks the most prominent concert series of his career.

(Pictured: Taylor Hicks performs at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland, Vermont in September 2010.) ( Photo / flickr.com/photos/skypictures/)