Bally's Las Vegas Headliner Taylor Hicks to Perform National Anthem on the Opening Night of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo


Taylor Hicks, Bally’s Las Vegas headliner and Season 5 winner of “American Idol,” will perform the National Anthem at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo on Thursday, Dec. 6.

From the start, Taylor’s material on “American Idol” set him apart, with a unique take on southern soul, R & B, country and blues. More than 63 million votes were cast and nearly 37 million viewers tuned in to crown Hicks the Season 5 winner of “American Idol,” making it one of the most watched television events of the decade. The applause hasn’t stopped since he stepped off that stage. Less than three weeks after Hicks’ Idol win, his debut single, “Do I Make You Proud,” entered at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, Pop 100 and Single Sales charts.

Currently, Hicks brings his unique vocal talent to the Las Vegas Strip nightly at Bally's Las Vegas, where he recently signed a year-long extension to perform through 2013. Hicks is the first “American Idol” winner to secure a long-term residency in Las Vegas and is quickly becoming one of the most popular acts in the city.

Hicks joins a talented group of entertainers to perform the National Anthem:

Thursday, Dec. 6 – Hicks
Friday, Dec. 7 – Megan King
Saturday, Dec. 8 – Susie McEntire
Sunday, Dec. 9 – Jason Eagle
Monday, Dec. 10 – Terry Nettles
Tuesday, Dec. 11 – Karli Chayne
Wednesday, Dec. 12 – U.S. Marine Band
Thursday, Dec. 13 – Bucky Covington
Friday, Dec. 14 – Jack Ingram
Saturday, Dec. 15 – Chris Cagle 

The Wrangler NFR, known as the richest and most prestigious rodeo in the world, has sold out 260 consecutive performances and attracts the top 15 contestants in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing and bull riding as they compete for a share of the $6.125 million purse.  Qualification is based on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association World Standings.

For more information on the Wrangler NFR, please go to www.NFRexperience.com.


About Las Vegas Events

Las Vegas Events is a private, not-for-profit organization that serves as the exclusive major special events agency for the city.  Founded in 1982, LVE is funded by hotel room tax.  Through its Signature Event initiative, LVE has created a model to integrate all elements of special events and formally improve communication between event producers and Las Vegas’ hotel properties and sponsors.  Since 1991, Las Vegas Events has produced, presented or supported more than 600 events.


About the Wrangler NFR

The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR), considered the world’s premier rodeo, features 10 straight days of the best in rodeo competition, with a total of 120 contestants competing every night in seven events.  Each December, the top 15 contestants, based on the 2012 PRCA World Standings, in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing, and bull riding qualify to compete at the Wrangler NFR.


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