Taylor Hicks is the American Idol's 5th season. Well, he deserved it actually. But it was not as if he dominated the whole season, according to a friend. Ultimately it was down to either another Kelly-Carrie idol or a completely new type of idol.
Perhaps, it was part of the AI strategy to have an "older" winner so as to attract the more mature generation. That's why they widened the age limits this time. And I was thinking, the voting for the final winner was more like a battle between the parents and the kids.