Hicks Wins Idol After "63.4M Votes Were Cast This Season"...More Than Any US President In History Has Received...

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Nobel Prize winners are apprised in a quick telephone call. The Pulitzer committee sends telegrams.

It took two hours and a night of a thousand Crest WhiteStrips, a hundred costume-changes and at least a dozen false notes for Fox to declare Taylor Hicks the official winner of "American Idol" last night.

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