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Taylor Hicks Throws Shade at Chris Daughtry’s ‘American Idol’ Gig: A Winner Should Judge

Throwing his hat in the ring? Taylor Hicks is appearing to take a dig at Chris Daughtry’s new gig on American Idol. As Us Weekly exclusively revealed, Daughtry will be a judge on the upcoming ABC reboot. Hear what he said in the video above!

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Taylor Hicks and Chris Daughtry
Taylor Hicks and Chris Daughtry during 2007 Clive Davis Pre-GRAMMY Awards Party at Beverly Hills Hilton. Kevin Mazur/WireImage

“I think a winner should be [a judge], personally,” Hicks, 40, said during an interview on the Domenick Nati Show on Tuesday, May 16. “Because, what you go through to win the show is a lot different than what you go through when you’re third or fourth, you know, or fifth. Or tenth. If they were going to have a judge that’s from the show, if they’re going to have someone from the show who was actually a contestant, I would feel like a winner would be the best suited.”

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Hicks and Daughtry, 37, both appeared on season 5 of Idol in 2006. Hicks won the competition while the rocker landed in fourth place.

Katharine McPhee and Taylor Hicks
Runner-Up Katharine McPhee, 21, from Sherman Oaks, California and Winner Taylor Hicks, 29, from Birmingham, Alabama during “American Idol” Season 5 in 2006. Ray Mickshaw/WireImage

Hicks, who said that Idol could have waited one or two months before returning, added that he would definitely consider being a judge. So far, the only judges that have been named are Daughtry and Katy Perry.

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“I’ve got some pretty good ideas, we’ll see what happens,” he said. When asked if he’s been approached about the gig, he replied: “I’m just gonna be tight-lipped about everything. I’m not confirming or denying it.”

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