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Another 'Idol' winner to open nightclub

BIRMINGHAM — The planned entertainment district in downtown Birmingham may be known as Idolville.

Taylor Hicks, the Hoover native and 2006 winner of "American Idol," is joining fellow Idol winner Ruben Studdard with a nightclub in the district, the head of a Memphis development firm said.

John Elkington of Performa Entertainment Real Estate announced during a Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex board meeting Wednesday that Hicks signed
a letter of intent to open the club.

The unnamed club will feature Hicks' Southern-style rock as well as live entertainment by local and regional acts.

Hicks also plans to perform at the club on a regular basis and other Idol performers are expected to appear from time to time.

Studdard signed a deal last month to open a nightspot to be called Ruben's Club 205.

Elkington said Hicks and Studdard give the entertainment district, which will be next to the BJCC, the national and regional draw needed to make it a success.

"The key to our development is the entertainment district so Taylor and Ruben's clubs will play a key role," he said.

Efforts to reach Michael Douglas, the Birmingham attorney who signed the Hicks deal with Elkington, were unsuccessful Thursday.

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