Today, we are looking back over many years!! Oh,MY!!
Season II of American Idol was unique in many ways. The season introduced the “wildcard”, a top 12, fabulous group performances, great contestant commercials, and an hour show in the middle of the season called “Halfway Home.”
“Halfway Home” was an hour long special hosted by Ryan Seacrest. The judges stayed away and the entire show was a showcase of the remaining American Idol musicians.
Each contestant had their own segment. There was a video montage, an interview with Ryan, and a performance of one of their favorite songs from the previous weeks.
The last contestant of the evening was Clay Aiken. Again, the make-over was the first thing that Ryan brought up and showed in the video clips. Clay said that the changes were just hair and glasses and he was the same young man.
After a discussion of what Clay was doing before American Idol, Ryan asked Clay if his life was going in the right direction. Clay’s response was that he loved working with children with special needs and that is where his heart remains. However, he had already learned how much influence celebrity brings to his projects. Clay told us that he had learned that the YMCA and Autism Society in Raleigh had been receiving donations from fans all over the country. He graciously thanked his fans and seemed amazed that this was happening.
Clay sang “Somewhere Out There” and it was an even better performance than the first time he sang it. His performance seemed to light up the stage.
The following video shows how relaxed Clay was on this night and how extraordinary his voice was. It includes the Interview & Performance of Somewhere Out There from the Halfway Home Special, American Idol Season 2 (includes a portion of the interview that was not aired).
Thank you, SiouxRoux for the great video!
I loved the relaxed way Clay seemed to be this night!
Clay makes me smile – a very good thing! He is so very special in so many ways.
Absolutely loved the video and the pics – Thank you! I can’t go to the play ” The
Drowsy Chaperone” but he will be wonderful in it. Excited for those that will be able to be there – Pittsburg is very near to the town where I grew up!
Thank you for all pictures and the video. The pictures are great. I love the video. A great voice, song and person, Thank you CANN.
I’m so sad that I won’t be able to drive over to Pittsburgh to see Clay in ‘Drowsy Chaperone’. Also, sorry that Clay didn’t win a seat in Congress. I love the video you posted today. Thanks for the memories.
Love the interview and the video of “Somewhere Out There” beautifully sung by our own Clay! Thank you, CANN!
Thank you for the video and pictures!! CLAY sings “Somewhere Out There” perfectly BEAUTIFUL!!