Clay Aiken – Winning $300,000

Do you remember what you were doing in November of 2007?  I bet Clay Aiken remembers what he was doing the first week of November.  He was in the studio, trying to be Smarter Than A 5th Grader.

Clay appeared during sweeps week in a celebrity edition of the show.  All celebrities were guaranteed $25,000, but try to win up to $1 million.

Each contestant is given eleven questions to answer correctly to win the million.  It was no surprise to see Clay answering correctly for the first nine questions.  He chose to walk away when Clay had some hesitation about the tenth question.  He walked away with $300,000 for the Bubel-Aiken Foundation.  Clay commented that the money would fund 30 summer camps in 2008.

Clay did very well.  The following are the amounts won by all the celebrities during the week.

Clay Aiken 350,000
Miss America 2007,  Lauren Nelson 175,000
Tony Hawk 175,000
Regis Philbin 175,000
Kellie Pickler 50,000
Billy Bush 25,000 (guessed and was wrong on the 300K question)

Sit back, get a glass of wine and watch the fun videos that show Clay on the show.  The videos were put onto YouTube by some of Clay’s great fans from Japan.  You will notice that there are small subtitles on the videos.  Isn’t it nice that Clay has fans from all over the world that want to participate in everything he does?  Thanks, ladies for the videos.

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6 thoughts on “Clay Aiken – Winning $300,000

  1. I'm willing to bet he could have gone the whole way and won the 1M. But he's to smart to take that gamble. Great job Clay.

  2. I watched the program and Clay Aiken wasn't going to gamble with the $$ that could go to children benefiting from the National Inclusion Project.

  3. wow..he is so smart & articulative. Also entertaining at the same time ….
    good decision to stop at 300k though… it's called 'risk management' 😉

  4. So good to watch this again. I was just as excited..even though I knew the outcome. Clay just has that effect on you. Yes, he could have won the whole amount…but, he didn't want to risk it for the children. Yes, he is a class act. Wow! $300K.

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