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Taylor Hicks is joining the Tony-nominated production "Grease." (Did anyone see the awards show last night? Whoopi Goldberg did a great job hosting. Anywho ...)

Hicks, winner of Season 5 of American Idol, will join the cast as "Teen Angel." I saw him Friday on Regis and Kelly, and he talked about his future plans, which include releasing a new album this fall. (Check him out here.)

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Aside from the Liberace-inspired grey suit, Hicks did a decent job. I'm glad to see that he appears to be bouncing back. (He was dropped by his record label earlier this year.) I can't think of another American Idol winner who has been as overshadowed by his/her competition as Hicks. (Take your pick from Katharine McPhee, Elliott Yamin, Chris Daughtry, Kellie Pickler and Ace Young.)

Anywho, the cast of "Grease" is turning into a reality all-star team. (The crooner will join leads that were chosen by viewers of NBC 's Grease: You're the One That I Want in 2007.)

Hicks is the latest Idol contestant to take his talents to stage. The growing group includes: 2002 finalist Tamyra Gray ("Rent"and "Bombay Dreams"), 2003 exiled contestant Frenchie Davis ("Rent"), 2005 winner Fantasia Barrino ("The Color Purple"), 2005 finalist Diana DeGarmo ("Hairspray"), 2005 finalist Constantine Maroulis ("The Wedding Singer"), and 2007 finalist LaKisha Jones ("The Color Purple").

I wonder if there are any non-singing parts available for Sanjaya Malakar, and Jason Castro...

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