Like about 200 million other people around the world, my wife and I settled down to watch the American Idol Grand Finale earlier this week. With the benefit of satellite, we watched live from our tropical island home by the Sulu Sea in the Philippines.
Whoever won did not matter; we loved them both, but after Taylor Hicks final song, he did look the likely winner. However, they would both, as well as Chris Daughtry, have made worthy American Idols.
There were many memorable moments during the American Idol 2006 series, but for me one of the most memorable, and significant, came with the announcement of Taylor Hicks as the winner.
He has been an inspirational entertainer,
all the way through the American Idol series, never flirting with the exit door (despite Simon Cowell’s attempts to shove him there), and with a unique ability to take just about any song, turn it into his own, and bring the audience to its feet.
Taylor Hicks is…well, Taylor Hicks; never afraid to do his own thing and entertain the audience.
Even if Simon Cowell wrote a funeral dirge, Taylor Hicks could turn it into something special with his unique character, and have the house rocking.
Taylor Hicks being announced as the winner was, of course, the peak of the series;Her reaction was one of genuine delight for Taylor’s success. There were no artificial congratulations, no tears of disappointment, no sombre face because she had lost the final.
Katherine McPhee is a born star, and she will have a good singing career, a dream come true for her. despite her stunning beauty and exceptional singing talent,
she remained modest even at the pinnacle of the show She did not exude one iota of failure in her demeanour as the announcement was made. If anything, she epitomised success.
Seeing Katherine McPhee at that moment reminded me of how intermingled success and failure are. Even the same achievement can be viewed by one person as a success, and another as failure.
The parents of Katherine McPhee must be very proud of what their daughter can do, has done, and will do in the future.
But they should also be very proud of themselves for bringing up such a delightful young woman, who can take her moment of disappointment and turn it into a celebration of success, both for her and her conqueror, Taylor Hicks.