Clay Aiken

Singer-songwriter, actor, record producer Clay Aiken

Clayton Holmes "Clay" Aiken is an American singer, songwriter, actor, producer and author who began his rise to fame on the second season of the television program American Idol in 2003. RCA Records offered him a recording contract, and his multi-platinum debut album Measure of a Man was released in October 2003. He released four more albums on the RCA label: Merry Christmas with Love (2004), A Thousand Different Ways (2006), and the Christmas EP, All is Well (2006).
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Clay Aiken Apologizes For Defending Trump: ‘I Am A F*****g Dumbass’
Huffington Post - 6 months
Former "Celebrity Apprentice" candidate issues a mea culpa.
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Looks Like The 'American Idol' Reboot Is Headed To ABC
Huffington Post - 10 months
“Idol” will remain idle no more. An exclusive report from Variety reveals that ABC has a deal in place to revive the singing competition show, which ended its 15-season run on Fox in 2016. TMZ said Saturday that the deal is complete and will be announced next week at the network’s upfronts, where new shows are showcased for ad buyers. The new iteration of “American Idol” has a tentative premiere date of next March, potentially for Sunday nights. There’s no word yet on which musical heavy-hitters might show up as judges. In its heyday in the mid-2000s, “Idol” pulled in numbers upwards of 20 million viewers an episode, earning a series high of 38 million viewers during the Season 2 finale with contestants Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard. Ratings stumbled in the show’s later years, with the final season averaging 9.3 million viewers. In February, Variety reported that NBC was eyeing an “Idol” reboot, but concluded that the network ultimately passed to avoid competition with i...
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WATCH: Sunny Hostin and Clay Aiken Get An Inside Look At Conflict In Charlotte
ABC News - over 1 year
Citizens of Charlotte discuss race relations in Charlotte, North Carolina, after recent police shootings have America on edge.
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Watch: Clay Aiken Discusses Controversial HB2 Law
ABC News - over 1 year
Residents of North Carolina explain how they feel about new law that addresses the use of bathrooms for the transgender community.
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'American Idol' Contestant Rickey Smith Dies In Car Crash At 36
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
"American Idol" contestant Rickey Smith was killed in a multi-car accident in Oklahoma on Friday morning, Amy Elliott of the Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, confirmed to The Huffington Post. Smith was 36. Elliott cited the cause of death as multiple blunt force injuries and the manner of death as an accident.  Fox 25 reports that Smith was killed by a driver going the wrong way on Interstate 240. The driver, identified as 27-year-old Gerardo Cerda, Jr., was hospitalized and allegedly booked for a DUI.   Smith appeared on Season 2 of "American Idol" alongside Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard, who later went on to win in 2003. Aiken tweeted that he was heartbroken after hearing the news about Smith's death:  Suffice it to say my heart is truly breaking today. Heaven's choir has a new beautiful voice. I love you and will miss you, Rickey. — Clay Aiken (@clayaiken) May 6, 2016 Below is one of Smith's performances on the show: ...
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'American Idol' recap: Is Clay Aiken right about the judges?
LATimes - about 2 years
Clay Aiken had a point. The former “American Idol” contestant (second place, Season 2) and onetime congressional nominee (Democrat, North Carolina) caused a bit of a foofaraw this week when he tweeted his dissatisfaction with the show’s current panel of judges.  “Well ... now I know why the ratings...
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HUFFPOST HILL - Paul Ryan Wants To Spend Time With Widow's Peak, Kids
Huffington Post - over 2 years
Republicans appear no closer to choosing a new speaker, meaning we’re probably a few days out from members nervously putting their index fingers on their noses. A reporter mistakenly asked the wrong House member if she had an affair with Kevin McCarthy, though given that this is Congress we’re talking about, she might still hold a press conference asking her spouse and constituents for forgiveness. That said, we also mustn’t forget the real victims in all of this: Kevin McCarthy’s interns, who now must scramble to find a new way to get laid without the Speaker’s Balcony. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Friday, October 9th, 2015: STILL NO SPEAKER, CALLS FOR PAUL RYAN GROW - How about this: Kevin McCarthy reenters the speaker's race and, to placate the Freedom Caucus, a group of nonunion moving crews relocate the Hall of Presidents from Disney World to the well of the House chamber, which can be activated by a button on Tim Huelskamp's keychain every time the group thinks the chamber needs ...
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I Was On The Dr. Oz Show. Here's The Problem With The Wizard Behind The Curtain
Huffington Post - almost 3 years
I was once on Dr. Oz's show, in the spring of 2012. I had written an essay about the three and a half years I had spent trying to change my sexual orientation from gay to straight, and Dr. Oz was doing a special on ex-gay therapy. What I remember most about coming on the Dr. Oz show is speaking to one of his producers about what I was going to say, a sort of rehearsal. The producer kept interjecting: "We have a saying around here: Is this something Cathy in Iowa would care about? That's not something a housewife sitting on the couch at home cares about." The subtext was clear: we think our viewers are dumb. Another thing I recall: Being kicked out of the dressing room I had been plopped in because Clay Aiken, who knew nothing about ex-gay therapy but would resonate with all the frumpy Cathys in flyover states, needed his own. The way Dr. Oz treated ex-gay therapy perfectly illustrates his penchant for promoting scientifically unsound therapies and products. It's the reason 10 pr...
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Aaron Schock and the Closets of <i>Downton Abbey</i>
Huffington Post - almost 3 years
Who'd have guessed that after years of gay-baiting rumors, U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Illinois) would have been undone by plain old financial impropriety? The nitty-gritty details of his undoing are woefully pedestrian, at least when compared with the snowball that started the avalanche: His troubles started after he spent tens of thousands of dollars on redecorating his office, allegedly to look like Downton Abbey. That peculiar bit of gossip led to an investigation that uncovered far more serious financial mismanagement, and rather than deal with the fallout, he simply resigned. Bye, Rep. Felicia (R-Straight-acting). It's far more fun to talk about the gay rumors than his fiscal shenanigans. Those rumors have followed him throughout his career, fueled in part by the endless parade of flamboyant outfits and shirtless muscle pics on Schock's own Instagram feed. Once he was photographed wearing a pink shirt and teal belt, and given the way the Internet reacted, you'd have thought L...
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Friday Talking Points -- Freedom From Job Lock
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Americans across the land are banding together to solve one of the country's most pressing problems, it seems: demanding that Justin Bieber be deported! Sadly, you just can't make this stuff up, folks. Senator Mark Warner has now chimed in on this important issue, and there's now a petition up on the White House website asking President Obama to give Bieber the boot back to Canada. In other names-in-the-news, Clay Aiken has decided to run for a House seat in North Carolina. As I said, you just can't make this stuff up. And, most amusing to us personally, the quiz show Jeopardy! just started a tournament of past champions, and we were bowled over by the fact that one of them was none other than the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Richard Cordray. Sadly, Cordray lost in the first round, but it was kind of cool to see him there. He did not accept any prize money and paid for his own airfare, to keep the whole thing well within government ethics laws. But stil...
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VIDEO: Clay Aiken ‘On the Record’
Fox News - about 4 years
Watch our interview with the former “American Idol” star and sound off on his newly-announced congressional campaign! The post VIDEO: Clay Aiken ‘On the Record’ appeared first on Gretawire.
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Song And Dance: Of Course Clay Aiken Is Running For Congress
NPR - about 4 years
Sure, the instinctive response might be tittering when an American Idol runner-up runs for Congress, but we've got a long and storied history of just this kind of thing. Why not this guy? » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Timeline
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    THIRTIES
  • 2014
    Age 35
    In the 2014 election, Aiken was the Democratic Party's candidate for North Carolina's 2nd congressional district.
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    He won the Democratic primary held on May 6, 2014, but lost to Republican incumbent Renee Ellmers in the general election on November 4, 2014.
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    In 2014, Aiken announced his intentions to run for Congress in North Carolina's 2nd congressional district.
    Aiken was the 2014 Democratic nominee in the North Carolina 2nd congressional district election.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2008
    Age 29
    On August 8, 2008, Aiken announced, on his personal blog, the birth of his son in North Carolina: "My dear friend, Jaymes, and I are so excited to announce the birth of Parker Foster Aiken."
    In late June and early July 2008, UNICEF sent Aiken to Somalia and Kenya.
    On January 18, 2008, Aiken made his Broadway debut when he joined the cast of Monty Python's Spamalot for a four-month run, ending on May 4, 2008.
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    According to Billboard, Aiken's 2008 album "On My Way Here" sold just 159,000 copies in the U.S., compared to his 2003 debut album, "Measure of a Man", which sold 2.78 million copies".
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    Aiken made his Broadway debut playing the role of Sir Robin in Monty Python's Spamalot in January 2008.
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  • 2007
    Age 28
    Aiken spent his 2007 Christmas in Mexico with the children affected by the floods in the states of Chiapas and Tabasco.
    He was sent to Kabul and Bamyan, in Afghanistan in April 2007, where he was able to spend time with children in their classrooms; he also visited a health center for women and children where he administered oral polio vaccinations to babies.
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  • 2006
    Age 27
    In September 2006, Aiken was appointed to the Presidential Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities by President George W. Bush.
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    Aiken made fun of the controversy on the 2006 American Music Awards the next night with Tori Spelling.
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  • 2005
    Age 26
    UNICEF sent Aiken on another mission in May 2005, to northern Uganda, to witness the plight of children called "night commuters", who flee the villages each night to sleep in streets and shelters in hopes of avoiding being kidnapped by the Lord's Resistance Army.
    In March 2005, UNICEF sent Aiken to the tsunami-stricken Banda Aceh area to raise awareness of the need to restore education quickly to the children who survived this disaster.
    He was the 2005 spokesperson for the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF drive.
  • 2004
    Age 25
    After the tsunami at the end of 2004, he participated in the NBC4 telethon, which raised over $10 million, and recorded public service announcements in support of South Asian tsunami relief.
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    In November 2004, Aiken was appointed a U.S. Fund for UNICEF National Ambassador, with a mission to help ensure that children everywhere are afforded a primary education.
    On July 4, 2004, Aiken was one of the performers in the A Capitol Fourth concert in Washington, D.C. and performed in the Good Morning America Summer Concert Series in 2004 and 2005.
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    He was also a spokesperson for the 2004 Toys For Tots drive, and acted as an ambassador for the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
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    Aiken has donated his time and his voice to multiple benefit events and concerts, including the 2004 Rosalynn Carter Benefit, the America's Promise Benefit, and Heather Headley's Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS benefit, "Home", where he sang a duet with Headley.
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    In November 2004, Aiken launched his third tour of the year, which revolved around a Christmas theme. "The Joyful Noise Tour", sponsored by Ronald McDonald House Charities, featured a conductor and a 30-piece orchestra.
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    On this tour, he also performed a duet, "Without You", which was released on Kimberley Locke's 2004 debut album One Love.
    From February through April 2004, Aiken and Kelly Clarkson embarked on the Independent Tour as co-headliners.
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    Aiken made his acting debut on Ed in early 2004, playing himself, and in 2005, he was interviewed by Erica Kane on All My Children.
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    Aiken was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live in 2004 and participated in several skits.
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    The book made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2004, debuted at number two.
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  • 2003
    Age 24
    That same year, Aiken sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" on the opening night of the 2003 World Series and appeared in numerous television specials during the winter of 2003, including Disney's Christmas Day Parade and the Nick at Nite Holiday Special, where he sang the "Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth" with Bing Crosby via special effects.
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    On Labor Day 2003, Aiken sang "Bridge Over Troubled Water" at the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon and received a standing ovation from the audience.
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    Although his American Idol activities temporarily delayed his academic pursuits, Aiken completed his course work while on tour and graduated with a bachelor's degree in special education in December 2003.
    Aiken created the National Inclusion Project (formerly the Bubel/Aiken Foundation) in 2003, accepted a UNICEF ambassadorship in 2004, a position he held for 9 1/2 years until 2013 when he gave it up in order to run for Congress. He was the "UNICEF Ambassador of Education for All Children Worldwide"; he traveled extensively on their behalf in this role. In 2006 was appointed for a two-year term to the Presidential Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.
    He and the 2003 Winner Ruben Studdard were both offered recording contracts by RCA Records, and his multi-platinum debut album Measure of a Man was released in October 2003.
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    Aiken began his rise to fame placing second on the second season of the television program American Idol in 2003.
    Later that year, Aiken won the Fan's Choice Award at the American Music Awards ceremony, and his CD single "This Is The Night/Bridge Over Troubled Water" won the Billboard award for the Best-Selling Single of 2003.
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    The album received RIAA Double Platinum certification on November 17, 2003 (a Double Platinum plaque was presented to Aiken by Clive Davis on October 22, 2003, during Good Morning America).
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    On October 14, 2003, Aiken released his first solo album, Measure of a Man, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, with 613,000 copies sold in its first week, the highest-selling debut for a solo artist in 10 years.
    Rolling Stone featured Aiken on the cover of its July 2003 issue.
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    On May 21, 2003, Aiken came in a close second to Ruben Studdard, who won the contest by 134,000 votes out of more than 24,000,000 votes cast.
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    A performance of the Commodores' "Jesus is Love" at the American Music Awards in 2003 earned Aiken and Ruben Studdard a standing ovation.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1978
    Born
    Born on November 30, 1978.
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