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Taylor Hicks and His Maybe-Fake Girlfriend

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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Diehard fans of American Idol winner Taylor Hicks were no doubt disappointed to learn that the hokey singer was unceremoniously dropped from Sony-BMG imprint J Records early this week. While for most of us Hicks' flirtation with relevancy ended as soon as his stint on Idol did, the details of the poor-selling crooner's love life apparently still hold a rather curious fascination over his small but rabid fanbase, as we briefly chronicled in Radar's February 2008 issue.

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For the 99 percent of you unfamiliar with the minutiae of Hicks' post-Idol existence, a quick recap (read the full story here): In May 2007, Hicks was spotted frolicking incognito in the Hawaiian surf with a pixie-cut blonde hard-body. Photos of said frolicking soon surfaced on , which Hicks' camp flaunted as proof that their man was, in fact, a heterosexual. (He'd never been linked to a female before). The woman was subsequently identified as one Caroline Lyders, an anchor on a local Milwaukee television network.

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