07:47 AM EDT 03/19/2015
Originally posted 08/31/2012 02:05PM
Thursday night's performance at the Republican National Convention in Tampa was a first – and a tricky one – for American Idol singer Taylor Hicks.
He was opening for some very tough acts to follow: surprise guest speaker Clint Eastwood and presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
"I've worked many stages in my life, but never, ever have I had to weave in and out of a lectern," Hicks, 35, told PEOPLE while laughing and downing a draft beer at the bustling CNN Grill after the convention adjourned. "And the Teleprompter was definitely a stage hazard – having to dance with that thing."
Top 5 Most Voted Stories
Prince William and Princess Kate Introduce Their Baby Girl
A Perfect Princess! Kate and William Announce the Arrival of Their Baby Girl
The Royal Wave! Prince George Reports for Big Brother Duty as He Arrives to Meet His New Baby Sister
Princess Diana's Friend Says She 'Would Have Loved a Granddaughter'
Sheryl Sandberg's Husband, Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Dave Goldberg, Dies Suddenly at 47
Top 10 News Categories
The most buzzed about stars this minute!
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
More On PEOPLE.com
Got a News Tip?
Send it to our People.com editors!