Clay Aiken – Celebrity Judge

The River Rock Show Theatre at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond, BC was the setting of a two-day event that featured Clay Aiken.

On September 9th, David Foster sponsored the Star Search Finals.  Clay was a judge at this event.  Although he did not sing, Clay was very involved in his job as a judge.  Besides providing critiques of each performance, Clay also gave each contestant advice on what they could do to improve. He attended the rehearsal in the afternoon and worked with the contestants, giving them advice on everything from their songs to their vocal performance to their stage presence.

The fans that were in attendance commented that the judges seemed to have a wonderful time together.  They were pleased to see that Clay and David seemed to be such good friends.

The next night, there was a special fund raising Gala Event in support of the David Foster Foundation, a unique charity assisting families with children requiring life saving organ transplants. The exclusive, private function was limited to a 1000 benefactors, with all the proceeds going directly to the Foundation.

The evening started with a Pre Show Cocktail Party and was followed by a Live Auction and then a star-studded concert by David Foster and his friends.  Michael Buble was the headliner.  Other performers included “Babyface”, Olivia Newton John, George Lopez and, of course, Clay Aiken.

Part of the auction was a piano that David had used in many performances.  There were two bidders who were interested in the piano.. When the bidding stalled at 280,000 David came out to sign the piano and say that he would give a private concert to the winning bid. The bidding stalled again at 310,000, and Clay came to say he would sing. David says, “What a bargain, this guy gets 250,000 per show”. The bidding went right to 500,000.

David Foster was very complimentary when he introduced Clay in the concert.  He reminded the audience that Clay had sold over 600,000 copies of his first CD in the first week of sales.  He said;

What an amazing singer. What an amazing story. He’ll tell you some of it; he used to be a school teacher, this kid. Please welcome the FANTASTIC. CLAY. AIKEN!

Clay performed three songs that evening;  Right Here Waiting For You, Unchained Melody and Without You. He was accompanied by David Foster on the piano and a small back-up band.  Clay enjoyed a standing ovation after each song.

The two events were fun-filled and wonderful for Clay Aiken fans.

There are four videos posted with this article.  They are wonderful.

Piano Auction




Unchained Melody


Without You


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14 thoughts on “Clay Aiken – Celebrity Judge

  1. I just love revisiting the Videos of Clay's participation in events. love everything about them and about Clay

  2. I loved everything about this event! Clay's judging in the Star Search and especially Clay singing! Thank you for the videos!

  3. After watching those video's, I'm lucky I'm still standing. What a man! What a voice! I especially liked RHW & WY.

    As far as him being a judge on that Starsearch Show, I think he did a good job. I've seen a little of them and he gave the contestants some good advice. Thank you so much for those delectable video's.

  4. Wow, what a fabulous night that was! Wish I'd been there, LOL. The clack is in my favourites, Clay Aiken was a great judge, his songs were to die for, and gave us photos are still thudalicious!
    Thanks for the reminder of this super show.

  5. I loved watching those videos. No one, I mean no one sings a song like Clay! I also love how they got so much for the piano because of Clay. What good memories and I know many more are to come!

  6. When I'm supposed to be voting, I'm sitting here watching videos! Shame on me.

    Thanks for the great blog and videos. Aside from the OFC, this is my favourite site on the web!

  7. Oh, the auction was hilarious. 😀 but I still can't get over how handsome Clay looked in the video. Extremely handsome. I need a cold shower now. lol x

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