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Taylor Hicks Throws Shade at Chris Daughtry, Says a Winner Should Judge 'American Idol'

It doesn’t sound like Taylor Hicks approves of Chris Daughtry as a choice to judge the upcoming American Idol reboot on ABC.

The 40-year-old singer won season five of the singing competition series, the same season that Chris competed on and finished in fourth place.

Chris, who went on to have huge success with his self-titled band, is reportedly joining the panel of judges for next year’s season.

“I think a winner should be [a judge], personally,” Taylor said during an interview on the Domenick Nati Show. “Because, what you go through to win the show is a lot different than what you go through when you’re third or fourth, you know, or fifth. Or tenth. If they were going to have a judge that’s from the show, if they’re going to have someone from the show who was actually a contestant, I would feel like a winner would be the best suited.”

When asked if he would consider being a judge on American Idol, Taylor said, “I would. I’ve got some pretty good ideas. We’ll see what happens.”

Katharine McPhee Goes Blonde at 'American Idol' Finale!

Katharine McPhee shows off her new look while walking the carpet at the American Idol series finale on Thursday (April 7) at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

The 32-year-old entertainer was joined at the event by her season’s winner Taylor Hicks and fourth place finisher Chris Daughtry. She came in second place during season five!

Katharine debuted her blonde hair at the event, which she got after wrapping season two of Scorpion.

“#blondes have more fun…. At least for 3 months. Hiatus from #scorpion has officially begun! #mechesalon thanks @traceycunningham1 ❤️❤️,” Katharine wrote on Instagram with the below selfie.

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Adam Lambert & Jessica Sanchez: 'American Idol' Finale!

Adam Lambert and Jessica Sanchez hit the red carpet at the American Idol Season 12 Finale on Thursday (May 16) at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles.

The former contestants both came in second place on their respective seasons.

Other past contestants spotted on the carpet: Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery, Haley Reinhart, Chris Richardson, Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks, and Danny Gokey.

It has been reported that Adam will perform with Angie Miller during the finale!

FYI: Jessica is wearing Steve Madden shoes.

25+ pictures inside of Adam Lambert and Jessica Sanchez at the American Idol finale… More Here! »

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Taylor Hicks is The Jonas Brothers' Biggest Fan

Taylor Hicks joins a crowd of screaming (and crying) Jonas Brothers fans outside ABC studios in New York City before an appearance on Live with Regis & Kelly on Thursday morning.

The 31-year-old season five winner of American Idol held up a sign reading “The Jonas Brothers Rock My World!”

Taylor has been busy promoting the Broadway production of Grease. He made his Broadway debut when he joined the cast in the role of “Teen Angel” last Friday, June 6. In the role, he adds his soulful flavor to the classic “Beauty School Dropout.”

WHICH JONAS BROTHER do you think it Taylor Hicks’s favorite — Kevin, Joe or Nick???

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American Idols' Pre-Grammy Bash

American Idol winners and “losers” turn up for music mogul Clive Davis‘ pre-Grammy party at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday night in Beverly Hills — Katharine McPhee, Taylor Hicks, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Chris Daughtry, and Mario Vasquez (below).

Jennifer Hudson performed “I Am Changing” at the pre-Grammy bash because, according to rumors, Whitney Houston backed out. Carrie Underwood performed two hit singles off her debut album, “Before He Cheats” and “Jesus, Take The Wheel.”

UPDATE :: Added pictures from Carrie‘s performances!

(Images via Getty)

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