Taylor Hicks Performs “Taking It To The Streets” – Republican National Convention (VIDEO)

Taylor Hicks performed “Taking it to The Streets” tonight at the Republican Convention in Tampa, FL. Look at those repubs shaking their bootays!

You might remember Taylor performing this song on the 5th season of Idol during the semi-finals. He brought the house down with the Doobie Brothers tune, pretty much ensuring his advancement to the finals.

Watch the performance below.

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  • http://twitter.com/BamadansPad Danny Latham

    Our Soul Man killed it!!! He can get even the stiffest Pub to groove!! Take a lot of Harp Action to do that!!!

  • curly_yenta

    Well DAYUM!! That’s the most those Republicans have moved their ass ever, I think!  You’re da man, Taylor Hicks! You have arrived and stick and fork in it.

  • Lala3

    Great performance Taylor. I was channeling surfing and saw him and thought “is that Taylor Hicks”…and it sure was.


  • Lala3

    …oh and I just looked on twitter and he is trending.


  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GJ7GOGSVLTJY6SJDVVZYAEUL4Y Jean White

    Tonight is the first night I’ve watched, thanks to the heads-up on the ‘exact time’ Taylor was  singing. I LOVED it! No surprise he did a fantastic job and he looked fabulous! He’s such an entertainer!

  • steph6449

    Was able to catch this live. I’m not that familiar with Taylor as a performer, may even have been the first time I saw him actually singing a full performance.

    Danny’s performance of My Best Days are Ahead of Me was yesterday, here is video for anyone interested 

  • blackberryharvest

    Is Taylor a Republican? Not sure how these conventions work out and whether you can be a Democrat and perform at the RNC. Might be a dumb question, so sorry, LOL.

  • thirdtime

    Is it just this video or did Taylor gain a lot of weight?  Sounds good as usual though!

  • brightones

    Taylor was awesome as usual, and for those that think Republicans are stuffy, I have numerous Republican friends and not a stuffy one in the bunch! Taylor has been trending on Twitter several times today.

  • thirdtime

    Taylor is trending on twitter but not in a good way – don’t even look at the comments – I made that mistake.

  • dante

    Great job Taylor! I really enjoyed watching this.

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    Republican or not, it’s a job and he probably sold some tickets to that Vegas show if it’s still going on. And he got on national TV! So its a win for Taylor.

  • Lala3

    I think it is about demographics. If you are a performer you have to be able to play for varies groups and people, and apparently Taylor knows his demographics.

    That is why I was surprised with the battle with Clay and John Rich. Clay basically has the about the same demographic of fans that Taylor has.

    I remember Clay tweeted something bad about Adam Lambert and that set off a twitter war and Clay lost some fans. As an artist you have to know your fans and try to be broad if your fan base is varied.

  • Lala3

     But many of those people are not probably fans of Taylor. I seem some of them and they don’t look like members of the Soul Patrol….lol. If you know what I mean.

  • brightones

    Artists who play the convention stage volunteer their time but their travel costs are covered, Breeden said. For Hicks, playing the convention was a no-brainer. “For me personally and professionally I think this is a wonderful opportunity to be a part of history,” Hicks said in an interview. “And when you look back on it through your career, you can say you performed and opened up for a possible American president, and it’s an honor.”
    Hicks said there is a risk to performing in a partisan atmosphere. “You always run that risk anytime you perform in a political arena,” but he offered praised for the GOP ticket. “I think Romney is a great family man and I think he represents the good old fashioned values of America.”


  • pj

    Pretty sure Taylor is not a Republican.  But who cares?  It’s a gig and lots of exposure.  I liked this ok.  I wasn’t a fan when I watched the show that season, but I love him live (I’ve noticed that with a few Idols).  How long will be he be in Vegas?

  • curly_yenta
  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    Taylor is a great entertainer, but I was disappointed he was at this convention.  He had a cool dance move thrown in there and seemed quite relaxed.  I thought this was a paid gig.  My mistake…sorry. 

    So, we can be fans of Taylor Hicks and Clint Eastwood AND not like their politics.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    thirdtime This video makes Taylor look heavier than he did on my TV set.  He looked good.

  • Kirsten

    Interesting song choice for a Republican convention…

    Work it Taylor.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GJ7GOGSVLTJY6SJDVVZYAEUL4Y Jean White

     The video seem stretched a little ‘wide’ to me – didn’t look that way on my TV screen.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    In The Rolling Stone publication, it was written that Journey was performing for the GOP:

    A Journey spokesperson backs up that claim: “It’s not an endorsement of any
    candidate and/or party – it’s just another private show,” says the spokesperson.
    “These dates are simply listed as ‘Private Event’ on the tour grid.” What’s
    indisputable is the high price of the evening: a package of six tickets to both
    shows (Journey and B-52’s) starts at a minimum of $45,000.
    Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/journey-kid-rock-and-more-set-to-play-republican-national-convention-20120827#ixzz255a214HP

  • justmefornow

    Ok, you got me curious, but it wasn’t that bad.
    I kinda like the one that said they thought Taylor Hicks and Taylor Swift were the same person, lol.
    (Disturbing was the amount that thought he was already dead.)

  • Goodvibes27

    Taylor is trending on twitter but not in a good way – don’t even look at the comments – I made that mistake.

    When Taylor first performed, there were lots of great tweets about his performance. Then when he started trending, a lot of haters who didn’t even see the performance came on with comments like “he’s old”, “I didn’t know he was still alive” “Why is he trending?” “He’s irrelevant” etc.

    Funny how someone who is supposedly so “irrelevant” can jump to #1 trend on twitter and stay trending for nearly an hour.

  • jcabby

    Go Taylor! I’m watching the Republican convention and he rocked it. 

  • curly_yenta

    Ha! So true! He was so great, so enthusiastic, such a terrific entertainer tonight, I forgot who was running for pres….. #hicks2016 ;)

  • angiedb

    Taylor is awesome. Love that guy! Always will! 

  • curly_yenta

    MJ – here is a better quality video without the wording at the bottom:


  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    I know right? And then “Living In America” by James Brown got played later.

    Does no one listen to the lyrics of these songs they pick? LMAO

  • brightones

    Why would one be disappointed because he performed at the RNC?  It wouldn’t bother me in the least if he performed at the DNC – I’d still be a fan and have no right to judge him on his political preference.

  • pj

    I knew I read this somewhere, so I googled.  This wasn’t it, but it was telling.


    Either way, it was smart of him to take the gig, whether he got paid or not.  The publicity alone is worth it.

    As for Clint, I only caught a second of his speech when he made fun of Obama for an environmentally unfriendly jet.  Ummm… don’t all president’s ride Air Force One?  Or is it another jet?

    Anyway, good for Taylor.  If he’s in Vegas the next time I’m there, I will definitely check out his show if it’s back  (just saw he’s in Reno).  Flying places from Alabama is a little pricier than from Chicago, so doubt it will be anytime soon.

  • Kirsten

    Does no one listen to the lyrics of these songs they pick? LMAO

    I know! Both Bush (W) and Clinton (H) used “Takin’ Care of Business” as theme songs…
    “And start your slaving job to get your pay
    If you ever get annoyed
    Look at me I’m self-employed
    I love to work at nothing all day”

    A song is more than its hook people. LOL

  • curly_yenta

    Taylor Hicks won’t reveal political ‘Idol’

    Are you a Romney supporter?” CNN’s Dana Bash asked Hicks in an interview Thursday.
    “I’m an American supporter,” Hicks said. “I do think the Romney-Ryan ticket is a great ticket and I’m excited to perform.”

    Read the rest from Politico:

  • http://twitter.com/Quu3 Q3

    Nice to see Taylor! He remains my favorite Idol winner.

  • pj

    That Taylor. He’s crafty.  He tried to claim no bias for Auburn or Alabama IIRC –even though he went to the farm school. ;-)  Maybe he should run for office.  

    Roll Tide!  Happy first day of NCAAF!  (sorry if off topic).

  • pj

    I thought Clinton (B) did a good job with “Don’t Stop”

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    brightones Sometimes we build an image of a singer, actor or athelete – something that we hope is true.  I am disappointed that Taylor isn’t performing at DNC.  I thought of him as “an every day man”.   Please remember this is my opinion and you have a right to yours.

    Just want to say, I will always be a fan of his music. What a terrific entertainer!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DY5236XYY2SBL7EJNTK5ROIGMA Madred

    Loved Taylor, hate politics. Just glad he is able to get the promo he so deserves. 

  • Latin2

    Well as I mentioned before and apparently many people seem to forget.
    Many of  contestants who appear on American Idol are from the South or Midwestern states, or from strong religious backgrounds, or from “an every day man” middle class background, some are Mormons. Many of them are
    conservatives. What is interesting is that many people have pointed this
    out for YEARS and apparently it’s still news to some ‘old timers’ on
    here…lol That is why I am not surprised at all. I am more surprised that ‘old timers’ on this blog are surprised…lol

    There are few contestants from more Liberal West coast or the Northeast on Idol who make it very far, the majority come from Red States.

    I am surprised many people who follow Idol, especially people who have followed Idol for years, aren’t aware of this fact.

    I am sure that many after they leave Idol hide their political affiliations because many people judge them not on their singing talents, but on their politics or religion. Many have to work in the West Coast or NYC.

    (Of course I will get ‘not everyone from the south or midwest are Conservative)…uh, but a larger majority of them are.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=745955110 Karen Jo Bailey Keifer

    I didn’t see Taylor tonight but Danny Gokey performed last night between 8-9 PM while Bill O’Reilly was interacting with his guests. Bill turned around to see who was singing and he didn’t know who Danny was, Bill called him “some rock star”. They only showed a few seconds of Danny. I don’t even know what Danny was singing, everything was so mumbled, but he looked so happy to be there. I was so happy for him.

    I love Idol, but I don’t keep track of their music once the show is over, I just enjoy the show and I like this blog. I get all the news I want and care about  right here. You work hard Mj, Windmills and the rest of you, thank you. :-)

    Tonight, the RNC was great. I also got to see Tim Tebow in the audience and a finer man you will not meet. He loves His Jesus. Clint Eastwood was a wonderful surprise also.  

    I watched this whole RNC, every night and I am so proud to be a Republican but most of all I am proud to be an American. I want to see America look more like the America that I knew and remembered. I am an old babyboomer.

    I am sooooo rooting for Romney/Ryan to win this election on 11/6 :-) 

  • lovetheusa1776

    Obama – “There are no red states, or blue states – just the United States.”

    There are Americans at the Republican Convention.
    There will be Americans at the Democratic Convention.

    IMO, an entertainer should not be criticized for performing at either of these events.

  • curly_yenta

    How about this beauty of Taylor and Jon Voight!


  • pj

    I don’t think anyone is criticizing Taylor.  Just a bit of speculation on his political beliefs.  I think he has a right to keep them to himself, but all signs point to me that he’s not going to pull Romney’s lever (I know.. I’m old. There are no levers).  I remember there was a guy for local election when I was a kid and his tag phrase was “Flip the lever for Flippo.”  Ronnie Flippo, I believe.  LOL.  

    And yes, not everyone in the South is conservative.  Lots of blue dots in a sea of red.

  • Montavilla

    Huh.  That looked like G.E. Smith playing in the band.  He was the musical director for Saturday Night Live back in the 1990s.

  • curly_yenta

    I agree. And remember, as far as the South goes, even in the most conservative  and reddest states, like Alabama where Taylor’s from, 1/3 of the population still votes Democratic, especially in his city, Birmingham , which goes Dem all the time (Jefferson County).

  • pj

    I didn’t research the politics of my district when I moved to Birmingham, but I ended up with a democratic federal congresswoman and a dem state congresswoman.  One is the first woman who is openly gay in the state legislature.  I think Taylor’s politics are his own private business.  If he wants to put it out there… that’s fine too.  I would  go see him play either way.

  • WhoDat2012

    curly_yenta, I move my Republican ass everytime Taylor sings!

  • abbysee

    I am neither a Rep. Or Dem so go Taylor do ya thing. I cant wait to see him live again. I shook my Ind. Ass off that time. He puts on a helluva shoiw.

  • supersonic

    I don’t care.  He performed at the republican convention so that means I can’t support him anymore.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TQCAOPSTDX6FT37BDU27QJ7LGQ torin

    This democrat, republican thing drives me absolutely crazy just beleive in and stand for who you think is the best candidate. Bless Taylor for being there, dont matter what political view he has, he was there to entertain… and he did an awesome job.. Remember there are many independent voter’s out there also..

  • WhoDat2012

    Taylor will be on Fox & Friends in a few minutes. WooHoo!

  • http://twitter.com/LindsayKempFan Not fit to print

    WOW, that HD TV isn’t doing Taylor any favours. You can see it’s the HD and not him – the wideness is clearly a stretch.

    I didn’t watch Taylor’s year but I did follow a lot of the post-Idol interviews of him and Catherine. He can sa-a-a-a-ng and he’s built himself a nice career.

    Not sympathetic to the Republicans but my ears don’t always get the message in my head. He did a good job. 

  • jpfan2

    Taylor and Clay are quite the contrast when it comes to the Republican Party.
    If Taylor isn’t a Republican he’s a big hypocrite! Which I think he is anyway.
    You don’t perform at political events if you don’t share the beliefs of the group.

  • Lovesyesha

    “I am sooooo rooting for Romney/Ryan to win this election on 11/6 :-)”

    So you plan on rooting for two men who want to take away free health care from all kids just coming out of college, who otherwise would not have the means to get it, and whose platform directly impacts a woman’s decision to decide what she is allowed to do with her body? Okay… 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Just posted in yesterday’s headlines thread that Jessica Sanchez and Amber Riley (National Anthem) will be performing at the Democratic National Convention.


  • fuzzywuzzy

    If these quotes from Taylor are accurate:

    “I’m an American supporter,” Hicks said. “I do think the Romney-Ryan ticket is a great ticket and I’m excited to perform.”


    “I think Romney is a great family man and I think he represents the good old fashioned values of America.”

    then to me, that suggests pretty strongly that he’s a conservative, politically. Especially the latter quote, since to me, “good old fashioned values” has often become code for wanting to turn back the clock to the social environment of the 50’s. No, thank you.

  • ellen8

    Don’t forget the lies – NPR noted 5 lies about Obama in Ryan’s speech and Andrea Mitchell pointed out the errors in Clint Eastwood’s speech.  If they win, their win will be based on the lies they are telling about Obama.  

  • ellen8

    Wonderful exposure for Taylor !!   Just wish it hadn’t been on this particular stage.     I hope he realizes that this is costing him a few fans but hopefully gaining some new ones.    Of course, the same would happen if he performed for the Dems – which I wish he would !!    

    Yuk – Jon Voight.   

    Thanks MJ for letting us blow steam here !!    

  • kd29

    Taylor did a great job. I enjoyed his performance. I am a democrat but I honestly wish that there were other candidates to vote for this year. I am not thrilled about the choices on either side. The economy and lack of jobs is the real issue and no candidate has a good plan.  

  • marmom07

    Sorry anyone who says

    “I do think the Romney-Ryan ticket is a great ticket …..”

     sounds like a supporter to me. 

    They have no substantive, realistic, plan beyond bashing Pres Obama and they continue to be lying, liers who lie. Lying seems to be the only thing they do well.

    But good on Taylor for getting to perform and get more exposure.

  • OfficeTen

    I would never have believed it had I not seen it lol.  Never thought Republicans could loosen up like that :).  Looks like Vegas put some weight on Taylor, probably all the booze lol. 

  • mmb

    My husband was watching the convention on Fox News last night (grrrr…we have very different politics, lol) and I heard a familiar voice — looked up at the TV and there was Taylor.  I thought he sounded great!

  • Indigobunting

    Karen, the video of Danny Gokey’s performance is here:


    He sang his first single and did a really great job and looked good.  He was also third trending worldwide on Twitter during his performance :)

    “IMO, an entertainer should not be criticized for performing at either of these events.”

    LovetheUSA1776 I so agree!  They are entertainers for all audiences, it is an honor to be asked and a nice opportunity for the Idol alum.  Good job Taylor!

  • brightones

    Did you ever support Taylor?  You’d be surprised to see all the performers that are Republican, including Carrie Underwood!

  • pj

    I don’t know what Taylor really thinks, but he’s definitely hedging his bets:

    Hicks was down on Radio Row here at the convention, and was asked if he is a Republican.

    “No,” he said, then thought better of it. “I’m figuring that out.”

    Then he added, “I actually had, “Yes, We Can” on my record as an extra track.”

    Then he said, “I think the Romney-Ryan ticket is a great ticket…family values are big in this country
    caring compassion, having roots intact.”

    But asked about President Obama, Hicks said he was “just the same
    great family..a family guy. He’s definitely instilled the same values he

    They don’t call it show business for nothing.

    This is from the article I posted up thread.


  • Happyhexer

    Just reporting back.  Watched the vid of TaylorH at the RNC.  Seemed like they didn’t take as many close-ups of the women dancing as with Danny.  Looked like the videographer couldn’t move his or her camera away from Taylor, LOL.  Too riveted, I guess!  There was a banner over the vid that obscured some of Taylor’s moves, but did I see him shake his booty?  Nice performance; sounded great!  Very relaxed and commanded the stage.

  • curly_yenta

    Nice picture accompanying this post!

    “I’ve worked many stages in my life, but never, ever have I had to weave in and out of a lectern,” Hicks, 35, told PEOPLE while laughing and downing a draft beer at the bustling CNN Grill after the convention adjourned. “And the Teleprompter was definitely a stage hazard – having to dance with that thing.” Hicks, sporting an American flag scarf by John Varvatos, was actually coy about his own political party allegiance, saying only, “I’m gonna go old-fashioned and not disclose my vote.”

    Read the rest from People Magazine:

  • JosieX

    Taylor was way before my time on AI, I didn’t start watching until S8.  So I know little about him.  But he sounded great! I love his voice and his exuberance onstage.  AI was well represented with Taylor and Danny, as a big Danny fan I was so pleased with how he did too.  Who was the other one, Ayla Brown?  Hopefully she did well too.

    I guess I could be characterized as a bleeding heart liberal, but I don’t jump to any conclusions about what Taylor and Danny’s appearances here mean in terms of their own political beliefs.  Taylor’s comments to me appear to be someone trying to be polite and appreciative to the hosts of the party where he was invited to peform and nothing more, which I see as professional and appropriate behavior.

  • shouldbedancing

    Taylor sounds great but damn… RNC dude…

  • http://twitter.com/seor seor

    It is so wierd how some people get so concerned over what party they think Taylor or any other celebrity endorses.  Do you judge your neighbors, friends and family by their party afflilation?  I have no clue how someone defines an “everyday man”. We are Americans and a varied bunch of people.

    Anyway, I thought Taylor Hicks did an excellent job. Perhaps I’m strange but I’ve never watched Idol or any other talent show while pondering what party someone may subscribe to. Also trying to define people by what state they are from is just wrong.

  • steph6449

    Huh.  That looked like G.E. Smith playing in the band.  He was the musical director forSaturday Night Live back in the 1990s.

    Yes, it was. He and his band were the house band throughout the convention. He had a quote in something I read that they were the “non-party” band or something like that, just there as working musicians to play music without being for or against any of the politics/politicians. Sensible refreshing view, IMO.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    @taylorhicks Glad to read you’d perform at the #dnc if invited! It would be a first for an entertainer! #politicallycorrect #obama2012

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/C6HV2UO4WHAHKMAPXSH5DZTLAM drew

    He was asked on an Atlanta radio show this week and refused to say.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/C6HV2UO4WHAHKMAPXSH5DZTLAM drew

    I wish more people had your health attitude of separating fandom and politics.  I wish more artists and actors would do that! 

    Clay went on a racist twitter rant about the convention, Jason Biggs made disgusting twitter remarks about the candidates’ wives, Ellen Barkin tweeted she hoped the hurricane would kill Republicans… It’s sad and sometimes they just go so far it’s impossible to separate offensive comments from the entertainment value they hope to sell you.