Clay Aiken – Bring It On..We Can Talk

On June 23, 2010, Gary Graff, a writer for Billboard, wrote a new article about Clay Aiken. I found this article particularly interesting because of all the rumors lately about the new judges for American Idol. Yes…the speculation about American Idol judges was a hot topic back in 2010 too.  The article is still on  BILLBOARD 

“American Idol’s” second season runner-up Clay Aiken has his own idea of what the show should do to replace departing judge Simon Cowell.

“I’ve always thought it would be a great addition to the panel to have someone who’s a former contestant and knows what it’s like to be up on that stage and be critiqued,” Aiken tells So is he raising his hand? “Well, I’m so far removed from it at this point that I don’t know if I remember what it’s like, but who knows. I would not put myself out there to be as caustic as (Cowell) is, but if they want to call me, bring it on. We can talk.”

Aiken, however, has plenty of singing to do before having that discussion. The North Carolina-based singer released his fifth album, “Tried & True,” on June 1; the collection of pop standards — including “Unchained Melody,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” “Misty,” “Mack The Knife” and “Moon River” (with Vince Gill) — marks his first release away from the “American Idol” enclave of 19 Recordings and Sony Music (he’s now with Decca), and Aiken feels it shows the measure of the man better than his previous releases.

“It’s what I’ve wanted to do for the past seven years,” says Aiken, acknowledging he felt like “a square peg in a round hole” on his more contemporary pop albums. “I like songs that have incredible melodies and nice orchestrations and arrangements that are really about the voice and the melody and just being beautiful, and these songs are that. People talk about it being a big decision to change course, but I actually see it as an opportunity to kind of get back to what I’ve always wanted to do.”

Besides the album, Aiken performed a special concert in March at the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium which was taped for a PBS special that will air in August, along with an accompanying DVD. Meanwhile, Aiken is gearing up for the July 23 start of his 16-date summer tour with second-season “Idol” winner Ruben Studdard, who was one of the guests at the March concert.

“We’ve been talking for years about trying to do something together and had never really found the time to do it,” Aiken notes. “But both of us looked at our calendars around December of last year, January of this year, and said, ‘Wait a second, we don’t have anything this summer we’re dealing with.’ He’s working on an album right now, and mine will have just been released, so…’Let’s just do this. It’s now or never.'”

Aiken promises the shows will feature quite a bit of collaboration between he and Studdard, too. “It’s kind of a musical revue of sorts — some of the biggest hits and greatest songs — from our point of view — and songs that have influenced us from over the past five decades,” Aiken explains. “We’ll start in the 50s and do some medleys and then move on from their. We’re really good friends and have a great time when we’re together, so I think it’s going to be a lot of fun to do a tour like this, for us and for the audiences, too.”

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4 thoughts on “Clay Aiken – Bring It On..We Can Talk

  1. Another one of my favorite tours! Both of them were hilarious and you can SEE what good friends they still are since they sang together on Season 2 of AI. I was fortunate to see the last show of this tour in Biloxi, MS. It was fun to DRIVE and not fly for a change. Still hasn't been to Louisiana, but it sure was close enough! GREAT opening show in LA!

  2. That was great reading the "Billboard" article again. Clay would make a great judge. What is wrong with AI???? Clay was a teacher….perfect choice!!!!!!!! Seems they can't see the forest for the trees.

    Loved the "Timeless Tour" as well with Ruben. Seems everyone now a days is touring together. Who knows what will happen next??? I did love how they did the show together, unlike Clay and Kelly, where each did 1 hour to themselves. I was bored with Kelly (at that time), and could only had eyes and ears for Clay. (STILL DO…BY THE WAY!!!) I miss Clay!!!!!!

  3. clay wold make a amazing idol judge what the heck is the matter with a1 and clay was infact a teacher long before he became a singer

  4. What fun to watch this clip again. That was a great tour with Clay and Ruben. Reading the article again, shows that Clay knows what he is talking about as far as AI and music. Someone should listen!

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