American Idol winner places 257th at EVO Smash Bros. event

Taylor Hicks ties for 257th place during Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament last weekend.


Taylor Hicks, who won the fifth season of American Idol in 2006, tied for 257th place during the Super Smash Bros. Melee event at last weekend's EVO, it has been revealed.

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Sony Santa Monica designer and longtime fighting game figure Seth Killian snapped a photo of Hicks (at right) during the tournament.

Nearly 700 players took part in the Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament, meaning Hicks finished better than most.

The Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament at EVO this year was in question. Just days before the event, organizers revealed that Nintendo attempted to block the entire tournament.

"It's their IP, they can do what they want," EVO founder Joey Cuellar said last week.

Nintendo would ultimately allow the tournament to go on and for it to be streamed. This year's EVO drew a record 1.7 million unique viewers through Twitch, 134,000 of which watched the Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament.

An all-new Super Smash Bros. game will launch for the Wii U and 3DS next year.

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