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'American Idol's' Taylor Hicks Announces Las Vegas Residency (Video)

The season 5 winner will spend eight weeks performing at Bally's Hotel and Casino on the Vegas strip.

American Idol season 5 winner Taylor Hicks will return to the city where he first auditioned for the show that made him famous: Las Vegas.

The Birmingham, Ala., native has signed on with Caesars Entertainment-owned Bally's Las Vegas Hotel and Casino for a three-month residency starting June 26. "It's a true full-circle moment for me," Hicks tells The Hollywood Reporter. He'll perform every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at The Indigo.

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Indeed, when the then-29-year-old tried out in October 2005, he essentially was fleeing Hurricane Katrina-ravaged New Orleans. 

"I had a free voucher to fly anywhere in the country," Hicks recalled in a 2010 interview. "I went to Las Vegas because I'd never been there and heard it's a fun place to go. I was just hanging out until my brother called at midnight to tell me Idol auditions were the next day. I had nothing better to do, so I showed up at 4 a.m., got in line with some very interesting people and started rolling with it."

Hicks performed "A Change Is Gonna Come" and "Swanee River"; wowed judges Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul; made "Soul Patrol," his eager and loyal legion of fans, a household name; and the rest is Idol history.  

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Since winning the show in 2006, Hicks has released several albums including his platinum-certified self-titled debut and 2009's The Distance. He was also a cast member on the Broadway production and national tour of Grease in 2008 and 2009. 

Tickets for Hicks' Bally's run go on sale starting April 21 (call 888-746-7784 for info) and online beginning May 15.

Watch his original Idol audition segment below:

Note: A previous version of this story stated that Hicks would be performing for three months, The residency is scheduled for 8 weeks.