Clay Aiken – He Gave It Right Back To The Interviewer

~ American Idol – Season 2 ~

As part of the audience of American Idol, Season 2, we sat through lots of awful songs, singers and performers…we endured the comments of the judges, and we tried to laugh at Ryan Seacrest.  But it was all worth it because we were introduced to the Real American Idol, Clay Aiken.

Behind the scenes, many crazy things were asked of the contestants.  Some of the silliest were the interviews with the Jaded Journalist.  These interviews were taped and put on the official web site for American Idol.  The best part of these crazy interviews was the “snark” that Clay gave right back to the interviewer.  That made the interviews a lot of fun.

The Jaded Journalist was a part of American Idol from the second season through the fifth season.  This fake entertainment reporter was on the American Idol website.  The Jaded Journalist had many jobs…he wrote recaps of the show, ran an email feedback column, and conducted video interviews of finalists in Hollywood and interviews of auditioners in other cities.

The identity of the Jaded Journalist, whose face was obscured or hidden in videos, was kept relatively secret from the character’s inception until 2004, when his identity was revealed to be Micheal Krogmann, a staff member of the American Idol web design team. Krogmann was also the host of the Late Night FOX Show, an online talk show.

Source for the info on the Jaded Journalist is Coolspotters

Three of the interviews are below……….crazy guy, but Clay is great!!


Just think how long we have known Clay!

It’s still lots of fun!


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3 thoughts on “Clay Aiken – He Gave It Right Back To The Interviewer

  1. Thank you CANN, for sharing this crazy interview and also the photos with us. Clay, even back in 2003 knows how to handle an interview!

  2. Thank you for all the pictures and the 3 videos. I do not remember the interviews. I can not believe how long it has been since 2003. He did know how to do an interview. The interviews were a bit crazy. Thank you for sharing. Thank you CANN.

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