Wooohooo, Meryl just called, and she is in the building but so far she can't get into the VIP room. Her Mom actually asked someone where Clay's dressing room is and was told that Clay has a lot of security tonight. I can only hope the same courtesy will be extended to the Congress members!! Meryl said that she could see the area set up for the dinner and it is very small, with surprisingly few tables. She said even the farthest seats from the stage are pretty close and there are screens set up as well! She doesn't have the program in her hands yet but will call back as soon as she does so we can get the order of the night's festivities!!!
BTW, Meryl is one of the only young people there, she was asked for ID at the entrance and was like, I am 13!! What do you want me to give you??? LOL, 13 but a true Clay Nation professional on a mission!!!!
OMG!!!!! Maeryl just called and gave me a lot of info but then she had to go because she is being taken to MEET CLAY!!!!!
Here is the story: Meryl gets herself into the VIP party, no Clay but meets Jerome and talks to him for a while and gets a pic with him. Through him she meets a guy working security who is actually sitting at her table and he tells her he will do everything to help her meet Clay. Meryl didn't see Hilary Clinton yet but she saw Alma Powell and some of the other Congresspeople.
Clay will not be eating with everybody, too bad, that would have been good. He is on a very tight schedule according to Jerome and he is leaving right after he performs, which will be at the end of the program. Jerome talked about Clay returning from London but he didn't say what Clay was doing there. Meryl got the feeling that it was recording but he never actually said this.
The program says that the opening will be performed by the Duke Ellington Chorus, not Clay. Then Naomi Judd will speak, then a lot of presenting and speeches and lastly "Musical performance by Clay Aiken". No listing of songs, although Meryl got the scoop that it will probably be 2 songs. Get this, Meryl was talking to someone who was at the rehearsal today and said that Clay rehearsed BOTW several times and forgot the words repeatedly!!
Meryl says she is at table 34 and she is watching CLAY EAT!!!!!! He is at a small table next to Alma Powell and he is eating tomatoes!! She says he eats in such a cute way. Now her tomatoes have pine-nuts on them so I hope that his don't!! The choir sang already and Alma spoke.
Clay is wearing the same suit and tie from last night. She says he looks great. She didn't get to meet him yet because the timing was not right, but she still is hoping to. She said that nobody is going up to him and bothering him. There are about 500 people there, tables have 10 people at each. They have asked that no pictures be taken during the performances. She doesn't want to break the rules, she can't eat a bite because he is so close by. She said at one point she was about 2 feet away from him.
The food is being served, then the presentations and speeches and then Clay will sing and she will call me back as soon as he starts!! Wooohooo, it is so much fun to hear how excited she is. Can you imagine watching Clay eat dinner? Seems so intimate...even with 500 people around!!