Oprah’s Wildest Dreams show was filmed during the May sweeps and Clay Aiken was a big part of the show.
Clay made a dream come true for Britney and Bethany Wekesser who were seniors at Lincoln East High School. Clay sang an acoustic version of “I Will Carry You” with S’Von on the piano and Andy Abad on the guitar. Derek Jeter and Ty Pennington are also featured in segments of the show.
Britney and Bethany were in their morning classes and unaware that anything special was about to happen. During their 3rd period Spanish class, the Oprah Winfrey Wildest Dreams bus pulled up to the school and a camera crew entered the classroom.
The entire class was asked to come down to the front of the school and they were joined by another group of students from another class. When the camera crew went outside, the students saw the bus and anticipated seeing Oprah walk through the door. Instead, Clay Aiken walked in and the Wekesser twins were thrilled. Clay was there to invite the girls to come to Chicago for a taping of the show.
The students all asked to hear Clay sing and he sang “Bridge Over Troubled Water” in an impromptu concert. One of the students said:
Karen Wekesser is the mother of the twins and she said the girls called her Monday morning at work and said, “You just won’t believe what happened.”
“I don’t know anything other than something big just happened,” Karen Wekesser said, adding she had been told not to talk about it.
She said she believed the sisters were to go to Chicago next week.
The mother said her daughters were big Oprah fans and had followed Clay Aikens’ career on American Idol and after. They were big fans!!
What an awesome time the girls must have had. The twins, who were honor roll students, had no idea that some of their friends had sent their names into the Oprah show. But they were glad that their wildest dreams were coming true.
This program was re-broadcast on July 19, 2006
There are 5 videos that show Clay and his role in the Wildest Dreams Show. I hope you enjoy them.