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Oct 3 04 3:43 PM
Quote:Tuesday's song brings 2 judges to their feet
North Carolina's Clay Aiken once again wowed fans on the hit Fox TV show "American Idol" this week and advanced Wednesday night when contestants were cut to nine finalists.
After a last-minute switch from a disco theme to country songs, Aiken sang "Someone Else's Star" on Tuesday night's broadcast. The live show ran out of time and cut short the judges' comments, but two gave him a standing ovation, and difficult-to-please Simon Cowell praised Aiken's voice.
Viewer votes ousted Julia DeMato from the show on Wednesday.Aiken, 24, put off his last semester at UNC Charlotte to audition for the show, and his professors there remain Aiken's devoted fans. Meanwhile, a radio station in his native Raleigh has begun sponsoring weekly viewings of the "Idol" broadcasts in a local movie theater.
In this week's issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine, Cowell announced he's putting his bet on Aiken to win the show's top prize, a record contract.
The show's finale is scheduled to air May 21.
Oct 3 04 3:45 PM
Quote:In spite of giving a slightly weaker performance than in weeks past, Clay Aiken of Raleigh still has enough fans in his corner to move on through to the next round of "American Idol."
Following Aiken's performance of Bryan White's "Someone Else's Star," the judges didn't have time to congratulate him on his smooth singing voice, though judge Simon Cowell did throw in a barb that he sounded the same as the week before (when Cowell mentioned that he sounded great). The lack of praise didn't keep the voters away as they made Aiken one of their top choices among the 10 remaining "Idol Hopefuls."
Julia D'Amato was not so lucky. Viewers voted her off the show, leaving nine to battle for the title of "American Idol."
Oct 3 04 3:49 PM
Quote:'Idol' Finalists Team Up For Charity Single
The 10 finalists from the second season of "American Idol" will release a charity single, "What the World Needs Now Is Love," with a portion of the proceeds going to the Red Cross. RCA will release the single April 15, the same date that "American Idol" first-season winner, Kelly Clarkson, releases her debut album, "Thankful." "What the World Needs Now Is Love," written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, was originally a hit for Jackie DeShannon in 1965, when it reached No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100.
"American Idol" has been a ratings winner for the Fox network, with the second season currently averaging over 20 million U.S. viewers per episode, according to Nielsen Media Research. On April 29, RCA releases "American Idol Season 2: All the Classic American Love Songs," featuring cover songs from the season's finalists.
Meanwhile, the 20th Century Fox feature-film musical "From Justin to Kelly," starring Clarkson and former "American Idol" finalist Justin Guarini, has had its release date pushed back from April 25 to June 13. There will reportedly be no soundtrack for the movie, but Guarini's as-yet-untitled debut album on RCA is expected to be released sometime in June.
-- Carla Hay, N.Y.
Oct 3 04 3:52 PM
Quote:Mar. 31, 2003, Interview with Close Family Friend Interview - March 31st 2003
By: Allison ([email protected])
I've heard him stumble over his words,
so he would come back with a statement
like "I just need to stick my
head in the toilet."
What inspired him to work with children who have special needs? What inspired him to be a teacher?
He has always had a heart for the underdog or the less fortunate. He worked in the local school system with special needs children before going to college. The teachers and principal loved him for what he could do for those special students and encouraged him to continue his education. He researched schools and found that UNC-Charlotte offered a very good curriculum for special education.
Clay is a semester away from finishing his degree. How do think his finishing school will be affected if he wins American Idol (will he get his degree or just concentrate on music)?
Hard to say at this point. But I do believe he will complete his degree. Can you imagine having an American Idol as your school teacher? Makes me want to go back to school.
Since special needs children are so important to him, how do you think he will continue to contribute to them if he wins American Idol or decides to persue a music career instead of a teaching career?
In the Us Weekly magazine, dated March 24 states for Clay Aiken; Lifelong dream: "To start a nonprofit group for kids with disabilities." I believe American Idol could be the enabler for seeing that his dream comes true.
Name one strong quality of his that would make him a wonderful educator.
His ability to relate to kids and adults.
How often does he get to speak with his family now that he is busy with American Idol? How is this show (and his growing fame) affecting them?
He calls his mom frequently. It may be three times one day, skip a day or so, but the conversations are usually not very lengthy. Just depends on his schedule.
Does he share his musical talent with anyone else in the family?
His mom was female vocalist for a local band before he was born, but she will tell you that her talent does not measure up to his.
How long have you known the family? How did you meet them?
I met the family in our church. The first day that I attended Leesville Baptist Church a little boy, about 13-14 years old sang a solo. And like Randy Jackson, I could not believe that voice was coming from that little body.
Besides his late Goat Zoe, does Clay (and family) have any other animals? If so, what kind(s). Would you consider Clay to be a big animal person?
Clay has never been an avid animal lover, so no I would not consider him a big animal person.
If Clay was any animal in the world, what would could you see him as and why?
Probably a monkey. I say that because as a child I loved watching the monkeys at the Crandon Park Zoo in Miami. They entertained me. Clay is an entertainer with a sence of humor. I've heard him stumble over his words, so he would come back with a statement like "I just need to stick my head in the toilet."
Besides performing, going to school and working what kind of stuff does Clay like to do in his free time?
Hangs with his friends, spends time with his family, sleeping late when not working.
It's obvious that, regardless of the outcome, it won't be the last we hear of Clay Aiken. How do you think he'll handle the stresses that come with being a big celebrity?
Good question. Before the wild card performance he had already begun to experience some of thoses stresses. Missing the beginning of movies because of fans wanting to talk to him, get his autograph. Signing napkins for two hours at the skating rink while there for the birthday celebration for a kid from the YMCA where he worked. As most celebrities, he will find a way.
What are some of his musical influences and how have they affected his personal style? (What genre of music would he most likely sing? Pop/Rock, Christian, Country..etc?)
He loves the ballads and Christian music.
Thank you so much for letting me interview you. I really appreciate it.
Your interview was fun.
Person Interviewed: Close Member of his Church Family.
Please pay a visit to Leesville Baptist, who have been nothing but wonderful!
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