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Taylor Hicks on Jam Cruise: The Gong Show!

Taylor Hicks Opens the Gong Show on JamCruise9

This photoblog is kindly provided by Paul McLaren, a talented photographer and Jam Cruise passenger who notes that those of us who stayed behind are missing an outstanding time on Jam Cruise 9!  Paul reports that both the musicians and entertainment are phenomenal.  Everyone is running on just a few hours of sleep, but no one wants to miss any of the action.  Unique collaborations and some incredible music continue in the Jam Room until 5 or 6 each morning.

And yet some stay to see the sunrise.  Paul reports that musician Taylor Hicks was one of those who watched the ship dock in Costa Maya just before dawn.  Nonetheless, Taylor was ready for more on Friday.  The American Idol winner was host of “The Gong Show” where passengers were invited to display their talents and be judged.  Payback time, Taylor??

Please enjoy the following photographs of the event, courtesy of Paul, who enjoyed the Show and general hilarity on our behalf.

Taylor Hicks Hosts the Gong Show: opening the show

Taylor Hicks Introducing an act on JamCruise9's Gong Show

Taylor steps to the side of a ‘Gonged’ contestant!

Simon Allen runs to try and save an act.

Despite help from Taylor, there is no saving this one!

Taylor Hicks on stage with JamCruise9 Gong Show contestants.

Taylor introduces the Gong Show winner.

Congratulating the winner.

The winner finishes her slam poem.

Taylor Hicks, the Gong Show Host, ends the show!

Thanks to Paul for providing an up-close and personal view of Taylor’s first time ever hosting a game show on JamCruise9.

20 Comments Post a comment
  1. Fabulous pictures! Hoping real hard someone posts video of this! Betcha it was hilarious – Taylor looks really into it!

    January 8, 2011
  2. tishtx #

    Thank you so much Paul and THN for the great pictures. What fun!!

    January 8, 2011
  3. Oh yea forgot to mention: Those jeans look oh-so-fabulous on him! Ahem! Yep! 😀

    January 8, 2011
  4. Louise #

    My, my. That first one grabbed me by the throat! So handsome and looks like he is having so much fun.
    Guess this will be the last time I miss a JamCruise Taylor Hicks is on.

    Thanks to the photographer Paul and THN for bringing us so much joy in seeing these photos.

    January 8, 2011
  5. Louise #

    Remember to click on the photos to enlarge. :-))

    January 8, 2011
  6. chill #

    I love to see him having some fun. He works so hard! Thanks for the photos, Paul and Taylor Hicks News!

    Okay, he looks great in the jeans too. 🙂

    January 8, 2011
  7. Blues Rider #

    Kudos to Paul McLaren for his generosity in providing the wonderful photos. And “Super-Kudos” to THN for providing the internet portal, as well as the time and effort, to keep his fans “informed”. A Big Thumbs up!

    January 8, 2011
  8. J. #

    That first pic looks like trouble! Really excellent trouble. Thanks again Paul and THN.

    January 8, 2011
  9. juliegr #

    I can just hear Taylor’s energy in the introduction. He’s a natural. Thanks to both THN, Paul McLaren and the jam cruisers for some fun today.

    Hope we get a video! That must have been some poem to be a winner. 😀 😀

    January 8, 2011
  10. medolark #

    Thanks THN and Paul for getting all of these great pics to us so quickly. Taylor seems to be a natural at most of the things he does; or am I prejudiced? Ü

    January 8, 2011
  11. No wonder we haven’t heard from him via twitter, he’s been too busy!

    Thanks, Paul, for the photos and captions and thanks THN for bringing it all to us. Looks like he had some fun with it!

    January 8, 2011
  12. Judith Morton #

    Big THANKS for bringing the goodies to us. Love seeing Taylor having fun and looking so good!! Looks like everyone was having a blast.

    January 8, 2011
  13. luvhicks #

    Love the pictures of my favorite and most talented entertainer.Thank youTHN and Paul. Taylor looks so happy and is in his element with his music and musician friends. I am so looking forward to 2011 and what Taylor brings to the table. You are really good people to share all this, bringing us that extra joy into our world. Kudos!

    January 8, 2011
  14. Gr8fulheart #

    Oh My! I knew about the Jam Cruise, but didn’t realize it included a Gong Show’. Taylor must have really enjoyed himself with this. The smile, twinkle in his eyes, & body language kinda say it all.
    Thanx Paul & THN for the great pictures & allowing us to comment here on what must have been a highlight for everyone who was fortunate to be a part of this fun event.
    Is there anything this man cannot do?♥

    January 8, 2011
  15. Jenni Jac #

    Get It On, Bang A Gong….Thanks again Paul!

    January 8, 2011
  16. Sheila #

    Sometimes I think he is just trying out something he has been offered to do. He has that twinkle in his eye to do this kind of thing and take people along for the ride and fun of it. It celebrates that he was able to compete on the biggest Gong Show of all Time, and get through the weird acts, and go on to win because of his real talent to Entertain! It pokes fun at reality TV, and yet is the kind of thing you can’t take your eyes off – especially with a man as handsome as he is. He is getting better looking as he matures into his gray hair. He is a seasoned Entertainer. He can do it all, and gets better with each job. Go Taylor!

    January 8, 2011
  17. Thank you, TaylorHicksNews and Paul, for all of the Jam Cruise photos and info this weekI’m sure Taylor is in jam band heaven! ;p

    January 8, 2011
  18. Ange Bleu #

    Taylor is just so talented. I’m sure a good time was had by all. The best Christmas gift Taylor could have received would have been a membership to Weight Watchers & a good gym. He’s just too much of a good thing. At least now he appears hefty & muscular. In his Idol days he was puffy & flabby. He’s still my favorite Idol – nothing will ever change that.

    January 8, 2011
  19. If I had wake up early on a Sunday morning … and I did … this was a great way to do it. Thank you! Love to see that man smile and having such a good time. His joy and sweetness is infectious. Thanks again!

    January 9, 2011
  20. Tammy #

    So Taylor, did you do the wacky dance that Chuck Barris always did when he came out on stage? hmmmm…

    January 12, 2011

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