‘American Idol’ First, ‘Bachelor’ Next?


Mar. 5 2009, Published 9:55 a.m. ET

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Being an American Idol may make contestants famous, but it doesn’t necessarily help in the romance department.

Not only is season six victor Jordin Sparks, 19, single, but so is reigning champ David Cook, 26, and season five winner Taylor Hicks, 32.

The Time Of My Life singer is lookin’ for love after his split from fellow Idol alum Kimberly Caldwell in December. He confesses his ideal date involves “staying home, watching movies, and ordering a pizza.”

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What does he look for in a girl?

“Nice, confident, funny,” the kind, caring Idol tells me. “Attractive’s always a plus. I don’t know. I don’t really have a type.”

After David wraps up his first solo tour in April, perhaps he’ll have another chance to find his perfect match.

Meanwhile, Taylor took his search for love to Live! With Regis and Kelly when he appeared on their “Dating With The Stars” installment last month.

Why does he find dating difficult?

“You’re moving around a lot,” the charming Southern gent tells me. “That’s kind of tough. You’re traveling and people are wanting your time. Your quality time is pretty important, you know? But when Regis and Kelly called me, you do it for good fun. In the dating world, I guess you’ve gotta put yourself out there.”

His ideal leading lady would be “funny, and she has to like great food and travel. I think entertaining most of all.”

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What’s Taylor’s perfect date?

“Great entertainment and great food – whether it be movies or music or Olympic soccer.”

What’s the biggest lesson he’s learned in love?

“Patience. You just have to be patient and let things happen. Let it ride. Don’t force it.”

Never fear: Taylor’s not alone during his quest for love. His buddies keep him in line.

“Friends always keep you on your toes,” he says of their input.

Perhaps casting directors for The Bachelor should look no further than these eligibles to appear in their next installment.

Check out OK!’s visit to the American Idol Experience opening held at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.:


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