Report: 'American Idol 5' finalist Taylor Hicks to dye his gray hair
By Reality TV World staff, 03/17/2006
Although the accuracy of their reality TV sources has thus far proven to be far from 100%, AOL entertainment news website TMZ.com is reporting that it has learned that 29-year-old American Idol 5 finalist Taylor Hicks is going to be losing his trademark gray hair.
According to TMZ, Hicks will slowly "wash that gray right out of his hair" beginning next week. "Over the next few, Hicks' grey will become less prominent," the website reported Friday. "The grey is gonna go, just not all at once."
Reached by Reality TV World on Friday afternoon, Fox spokesperson Alexandra Gillespie declined to comment on the report.
Back in early January, TMZ reported that CBS was expected to announce "the cast of the first celebrity edition of Big Brother" alongside its Survivor: Panama cast announcement. No such announcement was ever made and CBS President Les Moonves later told St Peterburg Times television writer Chase Squires that there were no plans for a Celebrity Big Brother series.
That same month, the TMZ also reported -- incorrectly -- that, in light of the success of ABC's Dancing with the Stars, NBC was planning to broadcast I'm A Celebrity, But I Want To Be A Pop Star, a knockoff of VH1's Fall 2005 But Can They Sing? reality series.
In fact, rather than a knockoff of But Can They Sing?, I'm A Celebrity, But I Want To Be A Pop Star was not only a reality project that NBC had announced earlier in 2005, but was also the exact same reality project that VH1 aired. NBC dropped the project after Fox announced it was planning its own Celebrity Idol series, and, freed from their NBC commitment, But I Want To Be A Pop Star's producers took the project to VH1, where it was rechristened But Can They Sing?.
According to Daily Variety, NBC officially dropped the project due to a production cost disagreement with Granada America, the show's production company . "We negotiated throughout the weekend, but we couldn't come to terms," NBC executive Jeff Gaspin told the trade paper at the time.