Clay Aiken – “Why Are You Here?”

It all started in Atlanta, Georgia on January 28th, 2003, when millions of people were introduced to a skinny redhead who wore glasses and had a unique fashion style. The American Idol judges looked skeptical and no one knew what to expect.

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But like your mother used to say, don’t judge a book by its cover. Clay Aiken opened his mouth to sing and the incredible voice that poured out amazed everyone.

“Why are you here?” Clay spread his hands and stated simply; “Because I am the next American Idol.”

The skeptical judges watched and listened as Clay sang an excerpt from the 80’s song, Always and Forever and demonstrated his rich, clear voice.

Randy Jackson wanted to know where the voice came from and Simon Cowell suggested that he didn’t look like a pop star. But, it’s all about the voice and so Clay, the unlikely pop star, made his first steps on an incredible journey.

The voice continued to amaze through the following weeks. Clayton Aiken became Clay Aiken. He not only looked like a pop star, he became one.

Please watch this incredible audition here.

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1 thought on “Clay Aiken – “Why Are You Here?”

  1. it was 11years ago tonight that a man name clay aiken gave his audition for americian idol when i herd clay sing for the first time i was amazed a man with such incredable talent and amazing voice i was flored i thought to my self wow clay aiken amazing he is still till this day amazing when i saw clay on americian idol i picked him to be my idol clay its been 11years since i saw you sing on idol you done bradway shows your just amazing when you run for the senet i hope you win

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