Do I Make You Proud?

Album: Taylor Hicks (2006)
Charted: 1
  • Tracy Ackerman, Paul Wilson and Andy Watkins of the songwriting and production team Absolute wrote this specifically for Hicks, who won the American Idol competition in 2006. Hicks was an unlikely winner: older than most contestants and somewhat spastic on stage, he barely made it into the round of 12. His enthusiasm and spirit won over the judges and viewers, and after winning the competition, this song was crafted to reflect his success story, with lyrics about how gracious he feels in victory. He performed the song on the Idol season finale. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Donovan Berry - El Dorado, AR
  • The Absolute team works with Simon Fuller, who created American Idol. They have written songs for many artists managed by Fuller, including the Spice Girls and S Club 7.
  • Weird Al Yankovic did a parody of this song called "Do I Creep You Out?" It was Yankovic's first parody of a singer from American Idol.
  • This debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 then dropped out of the chart completely after eight weeks, the shortest amount of time a chart-topper has stayed on the American singles chart. It was also one of the few singles in the 21st century to reach the top of the Billboard Hot 100 without any official music video linked to its release.
  • This song's #1 debut was a feat of marketing prowess, as the song got very little airplay and few wanted to own it. American Idol releases had reached #1 in every season, and Kelly Clarkson's Season 1 song "A Moment Like This" was the only one not to debut at the top. There's a good chance that buybacks and other trickery was involved in sending Hicks to #1, as someone clearly wanted the streak to continue. The following year, the run ended with Jordin Sparks, whose debut "This is My Now" reached just #15. Sparks was at a disadvantage because her song was released as a digital download only; previous Idol toppers (minus Clarkson) were bolstered by popular cover songs that were included with the physical singles - "Do I Make You Proud?" was backed by "Takin' It To the Streets."

Comments: 3

  • Tracy from Bfe, NeI love me some Taylor Hicks-he is amazingly talented...but let's face it, this song bites the big one. I think if he would have had a less cheesy song to release, his first post-Idol album might have done better. I wonder what the song he turned down was like if he chose this beauty to release instead??? He did the best he could with it though. It worked for the AI finale but not for radio play.
  • Marymagdalene from Shelton, CtThis song was originally given to ELLIOTT YAMIN to sing...

    Taylor did not like the song that AI originally gave him, refused to sing it and walked out...

    So when Elliott was eliminated, Taylor received this song, and made it his own...
  • Me. from Not Telling You : ), KyThis Song Is Great. And I am NOT a big taylor hicks fan. i first heard this song at my 8th grade graduation.
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