People pimps for Taylor Hicks

94429__taylor_lThe great scholar Haddaway once posed the all-consuming question: ”What is love?” And today, our corporate sisters at People have the answer: Love, my friends, is American Idol.

Yes, Paula Abdul‘s been trying to tell us that for years now, but People has actual ”scientific” proof: A whopping 23 percent of the magazine’s just-released countdown of the Hottest Bachelors of 2006 is comprised of men who graced the Idol stage this year. The show’s reigning champ Taylor Hicks ranks as the mag’s Bachelor No. 1, and having seen him in the flesh here at PopWatch HQ last month, I’m not about to dispute the dude’s silver foxiness. That said, Taylor might not be single for long — not if he’s able to learn the identity of a certain Cinderella who caught his eye on a recent flight. (How very On the Line of him; let’s hope the folks at 19 Entertainment don’t turn it into a movie.)

My only objection to People’s rankings — which plumb the general hottitude of Jake Gyllenhaal, Donald Faison, Matthew McConaughey, and others — is the fact that Idol also-ran Ace Young wasn’t disqualified for an interview that borders on self-parody. Asked what his fans go crazy for, the off-key crooner notes, "my butt, my hair and my face. A lot of fans call me Ace the Face. I think it’s the cheekbones." Oh, Ace, how you make us blush — for all the wrong reasons.

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  • Gretchen Weiners

    I hope Elliott’s in there! Taylor looks handsome :o)

  • RonMwangaguhunga

    Kelli Pickler, anyone?

  • brandonk

    Taylor would be way hotter if he lost 20 pounds. Some of the pictures they showed on the show of him in high school and in his early 20s were pretty nice.
    “Ace the Face” can suck my left toe. Narcissistic much?

  • George

    Please, the only reason he is ‘eligable’ is cause he won American Idol. If he was never on the show, how many women would find this guy ‘hot’?

  • Maurine

    People mag obviously has a different definition of hot than I do because Hicks does not make my hot list. Wentworth Miller is HOT. He’s the number 1, at least on my list.

  • Agree on Tay

    Taylor is def the hottest bachelor in my book. I read that he is dieting and dropping pounds- something about get me in a tourbus with some iceburg lettuce…In the one pic, his hair looks darker and he looks so much younger. I am starting to think he should darken it a bit. Ace is so vain and cheesy. Yick.

  • MindyM

    The picture posted here of Taylor looks great. His hair does look darker. I don’t think there is anything wrong with touching up the gray a little. He would be much more appealing if he did drop about twenty pounds, and if he is dieting good for him. I think the story about the blonde he made eye contact with on an airplane flight is just too cute. It would be quite a story if they can find her and she ends up contacting him. But how does he know she’s single? How romantic it all is. He did say that he would like to find that special someone, so I guess he is a romantic at heart. I don’t know if he would be on my top ten list, but he definitely has that special something, charisma, likeability, charm or all of the above. I hope he does find his special woman.

  • Matt

    Taylor is ugly and the fact that he won is such a joke. No reasonable girl would be able to stand this guy for a single evening.

  • Katy

    I think Taylor is very handsome. And I don’t think he needs to lose 20 lbs. either. Believe it or not, not everyone goes for the male model or frat guy type.He would be in my top 5 of choices.

  • maya

    people, Taylor is NOT HOT. Chris is hot. Even Elliot in a bad-teeth-but-i-love-you kind of way. What’s next, Bucky on the Bachelor?
    p.s. Michael Slezak: how come you’re doing a TV Watch for the craptacular (but not in a good way) Tuesday Night Book Club but not So You Think You Can Dance??? C’mon, you have to love Benji, the Christian Swing King with the “girlfriend.” uh-huh. And the HORRIBLE routine conjured up to Flashdance?!! Pretty-please: a TV Watch (or at least a popwatch) of SYTYCD.

  • Stephanie

    He is not bad looking. He seems to be at a healthy weight but purple is not his color. Like I said, when he told the costume designer that he wanted to dress like “The King”, he did not mean “Friday” I would date Taylor.
    Ps: Gretchen Weiners. Mean Girls. Very cute. hehe.

  • sam

    Wentworth Miller was robbed, as was Chris on American Idol. Obviously, People Magazine is part of the American Idol promotional team. I can just imagine an overweight, gray-haired woman being considered “hot” by People–or being allowed to even get past the “auditions” on American Idol. Oh, well, People almost always gets the “Sexiest Man Alive” wrong, also.

  • Jessica

    Ugh… Ace makes me want to throw up.

  • Dave

    Jake Gyllenhall is the hottest guy on the list…yum!

  • Maria

    Taylor is definitely a “hot” bachelor. He’s not pretty boy cute. As for Chris being on the list, it was the “hottest BACHELOR”. Last I checked Mr. Daughtry is married with kids.

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