In the evening of June 7th, 2020, a new article about Clay Aiken was posted on a site called – The Things.com. Written by Danielle Gittleman, the article is titled:
What Happened To American Idol Runner-Up, Clay Aiken?
So what exactly happened to American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken?
The article has some nice pictures and they are fun to see. She also wrote positive things about Clay. Unfortunately, the writer didn’t have all the facts and left out more than half of what Clay has done in his career since American Idol.
If you would like to see this new article, you can see it HERE
In 2007, Clay Aiken was in the studio, trying to be Smarter Than A 5th Grader.
Clay appeared during sweeps week in a celebrity edition of the show. All celebrities were guaranteed $25,000, but tried to win up to $1 million.
Each contestant was given eleven questions to answer correctly to win the million. It was no surprise to see Clay answering correctly for the first nine questions. He chose to walk away when he had some hesitation about the tenth question. He walked away with $300,000 for the Bubel-Aiken Foundation(The National Inclusion Project). Clay commented that the money would fund 30 summer camps in 2008.
Clay did very well. The following are the amounts won by all the celebrities during the week.
Clay Aiken 350,000
Miss America 2007, Lauren Nelson 175,000
Tony Hawk 175,000
Regis Philbin 175,000
Kellie Pickler 50,000
Billy Bush 25,000 (guessed and was wrong on the 300K question)
Sit back, get a cup of coffee and watch the fun video of Clay on the show. The video starts with a interview with Clay about the show, but ends with some snippets of the show. The video shows quite a bit of the show!
It’s been a few years, but it still is fun to see this!
Clay is a smart man and I am glad he was able to make so much money
for the National Inclusion Project!