Clay Aiken – What? No mustard?

In the last seven years, Clay Aiken has been interviewed hundreds of times.  He has been interviewed for magazines, been questioned by radio DJ’s and chatted with television hosts at all times of the day.

One of the most unique interviews that Clay participated in was the day he was questioned by a “Hot Dog.”  It was October 17, 2003 and it was really Meredith Vieira who hosted The View and for some reason, was dressed as a Hot Dog.

Clay was on the promotional tour for Measure of A Man and he was hitting all the major talk shows on TV.  He stopped by The View after performing on The Early Show at CBS.

Before a performance of Invisible, Clay talked with a couple of the ladies on the show.  Meredith led an interesting interview. Clay looked relaxed until Meredith read a letter from a fan who wanted to know how Clay smelled.  WHAT??  Yes, that’s what she wanted to know.

So, as Clay looked uncomfortable, Meredith obliged the fan and smelled Clay!  Then, to make Clay feel even more embarrassed, a professional perfumer was called down to give a sniff too.  Both reported that Clay smelled fresh and had a hint of a perfume smell which was good.

Why do TV panelists feel the need to do such silly things?   I wonder how they would feel if it happened to them.

Fortunately, the rest of the interview was interesting and Clay chatted with the hosts and showed that he was relaxed and professional in his interview.

The stage setting for the performance was lovely and Clay sounded wonderful when he sang Invisible.  All and all, it was a fun show and Clay probably still remembers that visit.

The following is a great video of the interview and performance.  It is always fun to see Clay at the beginning of his successful career.


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6 thoughts on “Clay Aiken – What? No mustard?

  1. That was so cool watching that again…Clay was able to handle the interview with Class, as always…. Thanks CANN for putting this video up again….It's great to be a Clay Aiken fan….he really is the real deal…


  2. Awww he is soooo cute in this interview and so so young looking. Thanks CANN I loved watching this. Clay Aiken Rocks!

  3. That was so much fun watching Clay in that interview. Although, I never did get the smelling part. But, anyway, I wouldn't mind smelling Clay. Thud!!! Loved hearing and seeing him sing Invisible. I always loved that song. It is an upbeat song. Claymania was going strong at that time. For me, it still is.

  4. LOL, that appearance was another awesome and entertaining one — even with the silly hotdog sniffing. Thanks for the fun memories 🙂

  5. Clay was such a good sport on The View, going along with Meredith in her hot dog suit and the perfume guy!! But the real treat came once Clay Aiken started to sing! That voice thrilled me then and thrills me now!

  6. Musicfan,

    Thank you for the rerun of the "hot dog" interview of Clay Aiken. This weekend his fans are gearing up to Trick or Treat for the National Inclusion Project. Hopefully, we will raise enough money to fund another "Let's All Play" Camp.

    Have a great weekend!


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