Truth Rules

A blog for fans of Clay Aiken. It may take a while but in the end, truth will win out over lies. Keep it clean, no threats ... and if I don't like what you say I own the delete key.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Cool Clay mentions - May 2006 Pt 2

Myrtle Beach Sun News, SC
Clay Aiken, the runner-up in 2003, was teaching in Raleigh public schools until the show sent him into orbit as an international star

Internet Ad Sales (press release), Sweden
X-Men, Idol Are The Objects Of Weekly Google Zeitgeist Desire
May 22-29. 1. clay aiken - popular "American Idol" star made a surprise appearance on this season's May 24 finale. 2. taylor hicks..., India
Previous Idol winners and runner ups have sold a staggering 33 million records, which includes music from Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken, Fantasia, Carrie Underwood

Electric New Paper, Singapore
McPhee - who was getting her hair and makeup done and whose voice sounded severely strained - admitted she wouldn't mind being the next Clay Aiken

Ottawa Citizen, Canada
of teenyboppers -- those young girls who scream, swoon, gush and faint at concerts starring the likes of the Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync and Clay Aiken, Philippines
Michael Sandecki, who was enjoying his 15 minutes at the party catered by Wolfgang Puck, swore to us that the bit with his idol, Clay Aiken

International News Service, Australia
So did Clay Aiken, the second season runner-up whose Clay Nation of fans made his debut CD a bigger seller than that of second-season winner Studdard

The Princeton Packet
Forget "American Idol" winners Kelly Clarkson or Clay Aiken — on Friday, Princeton will offer up its own pop icon as the Princeton Public Library and HiTOPS sponsor the first-ever "Princeton Idol."

NY Times
The TV Watch column in some copies yesterday, about the season finale of "American Idol," referred incorrectly to Clay Aiken, a former contestant who appeared on the results show on Wednesday night. He was the runner-up in 2003, not the winner. The article also misspelled the surname of one of the finalists this year. He is Elliott Yamin, not Yasmin.

NY Post
Now that "American Idol" is over, we're back to our regularly scheduled programming. But just one more "A.I." thing: The appearance of totally unrecognizable (and good looking) Clay Aiken and the freakout of the Clay-wannabe was the best television all year.

Kansas City Star
The most bizarre surprise involved second-season runner-up Clay Aiken pairing with Michael Sandecki, an adoring but tone-deaf fan and “Idol” tryout victim, to sing “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.”

No one personifies the “Idol” promise like Aiken, a geeky nobody who walked into an audition room in 2002 and five minutes later had his ticket to stardom.

Aiken has already sold 4 million CDs and routinely sells out performances.

TV Watch for Thursday, May 25, 2006:
Fox might have chosen another song, or another artist for the "Idol" finale night. The show already had big name talent--Prince, Clay Aiken, Burt Bacharach, Toni Braxton, Al Jarreau, Meat Loaf, Carrie Underwood and Dionne Warwick

NY Post
But not every "Idol" runner-up has shared Guarini's fate. At least one of them - Clay Aiken, 27, second-place finisher in the second "American Idol" in May 2003 - has eclipsed that year's winner, Ruben Studdard, 27, in CD sales and concert receipts.

In fact, Aiken is second only to Clarkson in overall success since appearing on "American Idol." While she leads him in CD sales, Aiken tops Clarkson in concert-ticket receipts - $28 million to $25 million.

Music-industry experts note that recording stars earn more money from concerts than from CDs. That has been especially true of Aiken and Clarkson, experts say, since they are the only two "Idol" stars to emerge so far as bona-fide concert headliners.

Sun Sentinel
"Aiken, the second-year runner-up, has far eclipsed Studdard in record sales and concert attendance. In fact, other than first-year Idol Kelly Clarkson, who has emerged as a genuine superstar, Aiken is arguably Idol's biggest find."

Nashau Telegraph
NEW YORK – The coronation comes Wednesday night. But if the real prize is a jump start on a career in show business, “American Idol” will, as usual, end the season with more winners than just the official one.

The previous four first-place finishers on TV’s top-rated program have stretched their 15 minutes into recording careers ranging from promising to inarguably successful.

So, too, though, have many of the weekly castaways, who have also landed sweet gigs in music, movies and the stage. (Exhibit A: second season runner-up-turned-unlikely heartthrob Clay Aiken).

USA Today
Interview with Katherine McPhee and Taylor Hicks
Does it really matter if she wins?

"I've had a few people ask me that. Of course, you want to win. Definitely, I'd love to win. I think it depends on the person. Look at Clay Aiken. He's done really well for himself and he didn't win. I don't know if it really matters. When you're in the top two…. Taylor and I looked at each other and said, 'Oh my God it doesn't matter.'… I'm going to be obviously ecstatic if I win, but I will have nothing to complain about if I don't."

AOL's television page
Section: "What's Hot"
"AI Hall of Fame" - Crazy for Clay
"It is safe to say Clay Aiken has no regrets 'only' being second place Idol. Watch him perform and see why this runner up became one of the show's biggest stars". (video links)

Stump the Schwab
Category: Clay Aiken
Questions - Clay courts, tennis, etc.

Author: Carol Snow
Berkley Publishing - available July/August
"It could mean a career-making exposé. But right now, pretending to be eighteen means dealing with a Clay Aiken--obsessed roommate, late-night parties that test her aging body--and most embarrassing of all, a massive crush on a guy who's just turned legal."


Blogger yeahthat said...

Looks like you are going to be able to do more blogs like this...just this week we have "InTouch", "Life and Style", and "People" mentions.

Huh, all this about someone who's career was supposed to be over.

Dontcha just love rubbing the haters noses in his success?

June 01, 2006 2:32 PM  
Blogger Truth Rules said...

Did you notice all the countries picking this up. Yeah baby.

June 01, 2006 2:35 PM  
Blogger yeahthat said...

I did notice...he is definitely moving beyond "just us", isn't he...*sniff*

June 01, 2006 4:28 PM  
Anonymous shasta said...

truth, how can i email you? i'd like to send you a couple pictures in the same vein as the thom/clay morph, from a different angle (the top left from "webcam" frames) that maybe someone with better skills can analyze?

June 02, 2006 12:11 PM  
Blogger John Paulus said...

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June 02, 2006 1:13 PM  
Anonymous shasta said...

sent, truth!

June 02, 2006 1:31 PM  
Blogger Truth Rules said...

Got it.

I've removed the posts with both our emails.

Are you a member of the FOC board? If yes, we can talk there through pm's.

June 02, 2006 1:39 PM  
Anonymous shasta said...

i signed up for it like last week sometime, am still waiting for an admin to approve me heh

June 02, 2006 1:41 PM  
Anonymous shasta said...

maybe you know someone who can get me approved over there? my requested user name has shasta in it. i'll be back in about 30 minutes, got a couple errands to run. thanks!

June 02, 2006 1:52 PM  
Anonymous Katee Tramyak said...

Is this the Clayloon's hiding place. Hardly anybody visits here. C ya

June 02, 2006 5:34 PM  
Blogger Truth Rules said...

Aw, we could inflate the numbers if we spent our time having conversations with our selves. But that would be tossing honesty right out the window.

I'll take low numbers and honesty over inflated numbers and lies anyday.

Thanks for visiting.

June 02, 2006 8:09 PM  
Blogger yeahthat said...

This is a hiding place? Since when? Oh, I get it...if we're not posting on stalkerboy's site we're "hiding"....mmmmkay.

Silly rabbit.

June 02, 2006 8:21 PM  
Blogger John Paulus said...

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June 02, 2006 8:29 PM  
Blogger yeahthat said...

Anyone else smell that stench? Ohhhhh, stalkerboy came by to visit.

Truth, get out the Lysol!!!! Ewwwww...who knows what diseases he'll leave here.


June 02, 2006 8:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stalkerboy is definitely a legend in his own mind.

He must be so comfortable in that tiny little room with all the blinds closed and smelling his own stink all day long. God, what a pathetic soul.

June 02, 2006 8:41 PM  
Blogger John Paulus said...

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June 02, 2006 8:51 PM  
Blogger John Paulus said...

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June 02, 2006 8:55 PM  
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June 02, 2006 9:05 PM  
Blogger yeahthat said...

I'm guessing no one ever told stalkerboy he was smart.

Poor desperate for attention.

Sucks to be him...

June 02, 2006 9:09 PM  
Blogger John Paulus said...

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June 02, 2006 9:19 PM  
Blogger Oh Crap said...

Ah Gee! I'm gone all day and we have visitors. Must be getting pretty boring reading all that nothingness at JP's.

June 02, 2006 9:49 PM  
Blogger TEAM F.O.C. said...

Truth, how do you manage to get all the fun over here?

I mean we rarely get to play with paulus, coward that he is, only shows up in the wee hours of the morning when we're not around.

He ran when Leon wanted to "talk" to him, and then he found out Adam is just as crazy as he is.

Adam is thinking about selling the board. He's not much of a challenge for us anymore.

June 02, 2006 11:15 PM  
Blogger Truth Rules said...

Aside from the fact that Adam and Leon (real men) scare the daylights out of him it's because he gets a perverse pleasure from the attention he gets having his comments deleted.

He doesn't bother posting here during the night when I set the comments to moderated. That's no fun for him.

I just keep my flyswatter handy.

June 02, 2006 11:47 PM  
Blogger yeahthat said...

Who would get a thrill to know no one wants to hear what he says? Oh, I know...some dumb purplepecker head.

June 03, 2006 1:14 AM  
Anonymous Polly Graf said...

How much intelligence does it take for pickle to believe I'm Adam and Leon?????!!!! Too funny!

All kidding aside, I can be big hearted and speak the truth from my heart. If John is making some "career" changes, i.e., changing his name, hair, book, new job, etc., I wish him well; I truly mean that. I think it's what he should do, maybe a little late - 5 mos. ago would have been preferred - but better late than never.

It's past time he put all this behind him and moved on and got on with the rest of his life.

I also will say I'm sorry for some of the personal and verbal abuse he has suffered from Clay's fans, if indeed they were Clay's fans. The fans don't always agree with one another. We're a big and diverse Nation and choose to hang with those of like mind; from the teenie bopper boards to the all-Christian boards and everything else in between. That's why there are so many different boards, each with their own rules of conduct. John either didn't understand this or never acknowledged it and lumped us all into one pot as "rabid." This has never been fair and it upset some of the fans.

In any event, I hope John realizes that Clay is continuing on with his career and may have even more fans now than before. It was inevitable; Clay is a hugh talent and his voice will he heard, even though it doesn't appeal to everyone. Nothing has really changed; we may feel a little sad from it all, but no worse for the wear, and we're still very anxious for the new CD and all the public appearances Clay will be making, in even more demand than before.

I wish John no ill will; in fact I wish him well, the best of luck and I hope he finds happiness the sooner the better and God speed.

June 03, 2006 1:31 PM  
Blogger yeahthat said...

Ya know, Polly...I would wish the same thing for him if there was any way to believe what he says. He has used and abused people and I, for one, am not tha forgiving.

He intentionally set out to hurt a man and he intentionally set out to hurt his fans. He doesn't get a pass from me for doing that.

Now, if he would delete his blog, stop harrassing us on this blog...then maybe I would see that he was trying to redeem himself and his life. Until then, he can kiss my ass.

June 03, 2006 2:27 PM  
Anonymous Polly Graf said...

Yeahthat, I would not question you or your feelings for a second. But I do feel I understand men to a certain degree, after having been married twice and raising 3 boys and 6 grandsons. Pickle may be looking for a way to save face and if this is his way of doing it, by turning the attention to his book and military career (the only pride he has left in his life), then who am I to try and discourage him?

I never have believed that JP pre-planned any of this, like in a long-range fashion. I think it's something that boomerranged and got out of control from the beginning and he was "dragged" into the situation. I also feel there are some "big" and influential names (definitely not Groucho) behind this scandal and JP became the patsy. Why? That's something we could speculate about forever, although in hindsight it seems rather obvious to me.

True, none of this excuses his actions as a human being and how long he carried it out, but I know I said many times it would be over after AI, and such seems to be the case.

I learned along time ago, in dealing with lying husbands, that no one does anything to US, unless we let them. Sure, the pain is still there, but it's generally God whose law is broken, not ours, and therefore God will handle the situation. It's our job to forgive, let go and let God. I only hope Clay knows this. From the looks of things, I think he does.

P.S. I'm feeling charitable at the moment. If any of this should change from the direction it appears to be going in, you may discount everything I've said. HA!

June 03, 2006 3:49 PM  
Blogger yeahthat said...

I know men, too...I'm not 12 or 15 or 20. This person has shown no integrity. None. What he has done is reprehensible. I do not care if there are "big names" behind it. He always had the choice to say no. NO. NO, I will not try to destroy another human being for my own benefit. NO. Very simple...two word...NO.

He didn't do that. He went on a crusade and took down innocent people in his wake. He lied, he cheated, he spewed his hatred from the mountain tops and, through it all, he tried to blame someone else...Clay or his fans. He still takes NO RESPONSIBLITY for what he has done. None.

The "fame" or the "noteriety" was all that matter to him.

Guess what...he got it and now he has to change his looks and his name to be able to live his life. Guess what else, he has noone to blame but himself.

We all make choices and we all have to live with the consequences of those choices.

If his life sucks, too bad....he made a bad choice.

He can prove himself and his life redeemable by deleting that hate driven blog and moving on with his life. If and when I see that happening...I will work on forgivness. I'm not holding my breath.

June 03, 2006 4:15 PM  
Blogger Truth Rules said...

He can start by admitting all his lies and blowing the whistle on everyone involved. That's where to start - not with a name change and dye job.

June 03, 2006 4:45 PM  
Blogger yeahthat said...

Truth, I completely agree.

June 03, 2006 5:36 PM  
Anonymous Polly Graf said...

I agree, too, and it should be the natural progression of things, but I don't see it ever happening. That was the point of my post.

I would be happy if he just went away, even without confessing. The one is not mutually exclusive of the other. He doesn't need to confess everything in order to go away, does he? Just do it!

BTW: It was fun seeing us all posting on JP's blog last night! LOL

June 03, 2006 5:58 PM  
Blogger Truth Rules said...

I posted there too? What did I say? Did I rip him a new one or was I sucking up?

June 03, 2006 6:06 PM  
Anonymous Polly Graf said...

Not exactly. Here's what you said:

"truthrules said...
6:53 well its not entirely her fault, Clayanne has done her best to make sure that the old bats make up all kinds of fake fantasies about him. It also shows how little the old women know about gay men that what is very obvious to most people, they see as being a "virgin." Sad and very funny at the same time.

7:27 PM"

Don't ask for an interpretation.

June 03, 2006 6:26 PM  
Blogger yeahthat said...

Did I post?

June 03, 2006 6:51 PM  
Blogger Truth Rules said...


I can translate fine. Ironic how they think we are the delusional ones.

Anybody know whether Groucho is a grandfather? I know he's old enough to be one. Wonder how he'd deal with gay grandchildren considering how homophobic he is. I've heard rumors that he's angry with himself for being attracted to cutesingerguy.

What's the cut off year for being old. Pickle is pushing 40.

June 03, 2006 6:53 PM  
Blogger yeahthat said...

Ummm...I've heard the same thing about Groucho. Those who protest and hate as much as he does are protesting and hating too much, me thinks.

Poor delusional Groucho...I pity the woman who decided to spend her life with him.

June 03, 2006 7:21 PM  
Blogger rtm said...

Do ya think that Groucho might not be the one in charge at home and that's why he is so fixated on Kelly and Clay threatens him because he is more of a man than Groucho himself could ever hope to be? His fantasies have him charge and by trying to make Clay look inferior, he's attempting to make himself look superior. Pathetic....

June 03, 2006 10:27 PM  
Blogger Oh Crap said...

I'm normally a very forgiving person but NOT this time. It would be nice if the pickle would come forward and blow the lid off the whole smear it got started, his part in it, who supports him, how Groucho and Emach got into it and took over.

I want names and faces put out for the public so those who were hell bent on disgracing Clay would, themselves, be shown for the vile, disgraceful low lifes that they are. I want them all to be dogged for the rest of their lives, never being secure in a job, in their homes, and out in public. They deserve no less.

Because of them, I have learned to hate and I guess I would expect vengence for that alone.

June 04, 2006 9:20 AM  

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