Clay Aiken – Sometimes You Just Have To Smile!

One of my favorite things about American Idol is that when the season starts, Clay Aiken gets lots of positive press.

Brian Mansfield writes and moderates Idol Chatter, a blog on the USA Today website.  On Thursday, he wrote an article entitled  Clay Aiken rooting for ‘Idol’ contestant Victoria Huggins. Brian reports that Clay watched a young AI contestant from North Carolina sing on AI.  Clay recalled that he had met Victoria  many years ago when they had both been in a singing contest.  Each of them won their respective age group.

Why not go over and read the article.  You can find it at Idol Chatter. had another article on Thursday with Clay Aiken in the title:  Bebe Neuwirth, Clay Aiken & More to Headline Broadway Backwards 6

Tony winner Bebe Neuwirth and American Idol and Broadway vet Clay Aiken are among the stars who will take part in the gender-bending evening Broadway Backwards, the annual event featuring performances of well-known musical theater songs written for the opposite sex. The one-night-only benefit event will take place on February 7 at Broadway’s Longacre Theatre.

In addition to Neuwirth and Aiken, the star-studded lineup for the evening includes Karen Olivo, Lillias White, Hinton Battle, Brooks Ashmanskas, Ward Billeisen, Colman Domingo, Jason Tam, Tituss Burgess, Len Cariou, Alan Cumming, Robin De Jesús, Jose Llana, Debra Monk, Denis O’Hare, Bobby Steggert, Brian Charles Rooney, Tony Yazbeck and F. Murray Abraham.

Broadway Backwards 6, which benefits the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, will be directed and choreographed by creator Robert Bartley. Kathryn Kendall will serve as co-choreographer/associate director, with Chris Haber as musical director.

You can see the entire article and picture at

Short and sweet, but to the point.  Clay has been upset with the Wake County School Board for many months.  He seemed pleased that their problems are getting national attention.  Stephen Colbert spoke about the school board on his show on Comedy Central.  It was a very funny Stephen seemed to use his comedic style to highlight the problems.  You can see the Colbert video Here

Do you remember January 21, 2004?  If so, you will recall that Clay made a visit to The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Clay had a great chat with Jay and they talked about fans, panties, and videos.  This was the interview when Clay found out he was voted in the top three to take a bath with.  The other two were Brad Pitt and George Clooney.  Clay also showed his pre-makeover drivers license to Jay and the audience.  Clay also sang a wonderfully exciting rendition of The Way.  The following videos feature Clay on The Tonight Show.

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16 thoughts on “Clay Aiken – Sometimes You Just Have To Smile!

  1. I always enjoy reading CANN and all the info about Clay Aiken, loved the videos of Clay on Jay Leno, AND the Stephen Colbert video was too funny and too true!:D

  2. One positive about AI is when it starts, lots of Clay Aiken press. Tells me that was the season everyone remembers.

  3. Always love coming here to read what CANN has to bring, always something new and interesting. I especially like looking at the Clay videos and interesting articles about him and his career.

  4. Wow!! CANN is packed with good stuff today.
    That Jay Leno appearance is one of my favorites.
    It's been an exciting day–love that he always gets mentioned when AI starts up each year.
    He was even "trending" today on the Yahoo home page–very exciting!!

  5. Thanks so much for the links to the AI articles. I put in some comments, want to be part of the chatter. :D:D:D How appropriate that he is back on the AI chatter. What a great story, so glad the AI writer dug that out of him! 😀

  6. Thanks for another great blog. This one is a whopper, chock full of good stuff on Clay Aiken! Thank you for all your hard work to keep CANN such a great site!

  7. Thanks Musicfan and CANN for the articles…You guys have been busy…and I suspect that up until the tour…this will continue….. I'm happy about that…. Great job guys…Love reading anything and all about Clay.

  8. I've been smiling a lot lately thinking of the tour and the Broadway Backwards show. Clay's blog made me smile too and gave me a good laugh.

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