Clay Aiken – A Real Star


Unique is a word that has been used many times to describe Clay Aiken. The activities that have surrounded his celebrity are often unusual and exciting, making this young man a real star.

One of the most unique events in Clay’s musical career might be found right in his hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina. The North Carolina Museum of History asked Clay if they might show one of his American Idol outfits as a new exhibit. So Clay donated a white shirt, black pants and a pair of shoes he wore on the show.

The clothes went on display on March 2, 2004 and remained up until September 6, 2004 at which time they became a permanent part of the museum’s collection.

Since its founding in 1902, The North Carolina Museum of History has been an exciting place to explore North Carolina history. The museum encourages visitors to discover the past; to reflect on their own lives and their place in history.

The Raleigh community and the museum were obviously proud of their hometown prodigy. This exhibition certainly got a lot of attention and brought many fans to the museum and confirmed that Clay Aiken is a unique celebrity and a huge success.

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12 thoughts on “Clay Aiken – A Real Star

  1. I went on that tour of Raleigh and was in the room with those clothes!! EEE! It was a great tour of the city's history, but of couse the best was the display of their hometown boy!

  2. that is very cool! I had never seen that before! If I lived in the Raleigh area (I'm from Connecticut by the way! Northerner! lol) I would definitely go visit the museum to see the display!

  3. I also was on that tour – and at the museum – had pictures taken standing next to Clay's clothes –
    he just needed to be in them!!!!! They had them out of the display case and we were free to take
    pictures! It was loads of fun – it was the very first Gala I attended and then went to DC last year.
    But 2011 was "Heaven" !!!!!

  4. Simon's absurd comment, "Motown, the musical!", once again brought back memories of how badly Simon treated Clay on the show, and how beautifully Clay handled it. Clay has sure come through thick and thin, hasn't he?

  5. That was such a great performance for Clay. I’m so glad NC has honored their guy. He does them proud! 🙂

  6. That performance of "I Can't Help Myself" was outstanding. Simon made me laugh when he called it a musical. What does he know. Everyone in that audience raved about it. I am so glad that NC Museum has Clay's clothes up for display.

  7. Hoping to visit the museum in May. Went to go there during the PBS taping, but the museum was closed and under construction. Raleigh should be so proud of their hometown guy!!! Not only for his talent in singing, acting, entertaining, but for all his humanitarian works!!!! Clay's a great guy!

  8. Now that Simon is preparing a musical for Broadway, I think it is extremely funny that he has come to decide that he has been at least as successful in finding Broadway stars/performers as he had in finding recording artists.

    About damn time.

  9. Now that is a place I'll add to my must see list! Thanks so much for the wonderful blog/article.

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