Reader: Leave Taylor Hicks out of this!

If there's anything we've learned in our hundreds of years blogging, it's that American Idol fans are nothing if not loyal, passionate, outspoken and quick to defend the honor of whatever idol they happen to have a Google alert set for at the expense of disparaging any fellow alums they may be incidentally compared to. Such was the case yesterday, when Mell, who posted our Comment of the Day, became incensed by the fact that we had the gall to invoke the name of Taylor Hicks, dissing him for no reason, as Mell put it, in the interest of garnering blog hits:

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