Thursday night, there was a real singer on the American Idol stage.
Congratulations to Clay Aiken on a job well done!
As a returning guest on American Idol, Clay presented himself as a gentleman who is intelligent, talented, handsome, and caring. Before he entered the studio, he talked about his life since Idol. He talked about The National Inclusion Project and about his work with UNICEF. He said that Idol gave him the microphone to sing and he made sure he used it to talk about things that are important to him and to the world.
Clay performed a beautiful rendition of Bridge Over Troubled Water and knocked it out of the park. He was dressed in a very stylish outfit and his hair was done with care. This was an outstanding appearance!
Did you see the wonderful tweets that filled the pages last night? Clay was mentioned so many times that he actually trended on twitter last night. The following are just a few examples of the pages and pages of tweets.
Ciarra Butler @CiarraKalistra
I forgot how much I loved Clay Aiken.
Brianna Acciarello @BAcciarello
Clay Aiken looks great sounds as good as ever and has such a kind heart to help those children very inspirational story!#Claycomeshome
Laura Lineberger @Goofyunc
Clay Aiken singing “Bridge Over Troubled Water” still gives me chills. Beautiful. #Idol
Krystin Glass @KrystinGlass
I didn’t know Clay Aiken did so much for children with special needs. What an ambitious, companionate, and overall adorable man.
Angel Lalo Mandudi @AngelLalo22
Not a fan of Clay Aiken, but dang he killed it today on @AmericanIdol ! #ClayComesHome
Kristen Wann @KristenWann
Someone just turned into an uber fan girl when Clay Aiken performed on @AmericanIdol. Oh wait, that was me.
I also loved seeing the support Clay received from some of his celebrity friends.
- Merle Dandridge, the Lady of The Lake from Spamalot was in the studio to support Clay
- Debbie Gibson sent Clay a few tweets including a congratulations for a wonderful performance
- Clay’s friend Arsenio Hall tweeted congrats to Clay
- UNICEF tweeted best wishes to Clay
- NC Theatre reminded their readers that Clay would be performing Thursday
- Peisha McPhee tweeted that Clay was fabulous
- Debra Byrd tweeted “Loved you on Idol. Made my heart smile “pigs flyin” everywhere! Was honored to sing on your “Bridge Over..on AI2. Luv 2 u
The reviews from the entertainment sites are just beginning to come in…if more come in, I will add them to the blog.
Clay Aiken, one of the most beloved alums in ‘American Idol‘ history, came home tonight (April 18). The singer, who didn’t win Season 2, losing by a tiny (124,000 votes, actually) margin to Ruben Studdard, returned to the show’s stage to perform his rendition of ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water.’ He performed it when he competed and it still has that Clay touch.
Flanked by backup singers and piano players, Aiken cut a dashing figure in a dress slacks, tie and cardigan, but it was that unmistakable voice reminded us why we’re still interested in him a decade after his big loss. When he hit that impressive vocal run at the end of the song, he earned a standing O from the judges, rightfully so.
Aiken’s early performance of the song has become iconic in ‘Idol’ lore, and he did himself and the show proud tonight. To read the article on-line visit popcrush
A big thank you to all the fans for sharing the screen caps from the show tonight. There are some wonderful pictures!
The is a great video interview at Access Hollywood. Check it out!!