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Taylor Hicks at RNC

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Alabama native, and "American Idol" winner, Taylor Hicks opened up the Republican National Convention Thursday.  He performed "Taking It to the Streets" just before Mitt Romney's acceptance speech.

He's been asked if he's a Republican or if he's voting for Romney; however, he's been very reluctant to answer the questions outright.  CNN's Dana Bash got this answer from Hicks: " I'm an American supporter. Both candidates are running neck and neck. I think it's going to be a wonderful election and I am excited about playoffs. "

It wouldn't be far fetched to assume he might support Romney.  Hicks is from Alabama, which is known to be a "red state."

He also told CNN, "I got the call a couple of weeks ago, and it was one of those calls that you just.. as an entertainer you only dream about. And to be a part of the political process in America, whether you're a Republican or a Democrat you've got to jump at the chance and hopefully get out and vote and make a difference, in this political election.. It's going to be a great night. "

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