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.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Clay Aiken, through my filters

Occassionaly a fan will write something too good not to share. So with permission of the author, Outback, here are her thoughts. I agree with her.

If I have learned anything about Clay Aiken over the last 6 years, it's that he beats to his own drummer, he is very unique, and he doesn't suffer fools gladly.

This is how I see Clay through my filters:
1.) Exceptionally talented to the point that he could master just about anything he puts his mind to.
2.) Sexy to the point that straight women want to be gay men (or is that just me?)
3.) Fascinating to the point that even idiots who claim they hate him can't stop themselves from searching out
everything there is to read about him.
4.) Intelligent to the point that he learns quickly and doesn't forget, bides his time for the right opportunities to present themselves, impresses some of the biggest names in TV and Broadway, carefully plots his future to assure that he will be in the entertainment business for the long haul (not a one trick pony)
5.) Charismatic to the point that when people actually meet him, they want more, and he wins them over one at a time.
6.) Unpredictable to the point that even his fans who follow everything that the poor man does never know what his next move is going to be. (Frustrating but fun, never a dull moment)
7.) Philanthropic to the point that he put his life on the line visiting devastated, dangerous, war torn countries and gave up Christmas to sing and play with children in a flood ravaged Mexico.
8.) Quick witted and hilarious to the point that he has late night comics and their guests laughing, he conquered the role of Sir Robin with his "quick wit and comedic timing" on Broadway, and my favorite, he captures an audience on tour
in the palm of his hand with his one liners, zingers and complete stage presence. Again, leaving the audience
wanting more.
9.) Handsome to the point that he makes grown women drool and offer to sell their firstborn to get a close look at him. (Or is that just me?)
10.)Resilient to the point that he has endured years of mockery, name calling, lies, defamation, and bullying without
a word. He just walks tall, plows through all of the mountains that have been thrown in his path.
11.)Empathetic to the point that he allowed 2 weeks of "free speech" at his own Fan Club when he came out. Who does that? He amazed me when he did that, but he is a man with a heart, patience and so wise for his young age.
12.)Loves children to the point that he found a way as a gay man to have a child of his own. He protects that child from the prying eyes of the media, fans and haters. I respect that.

He has walked through the fire and rose up through the ashes indeed. I have never lost faith in him. He continues to fascinate me with the way he runs his life to achieve the goals that he has set for himself. I love being his fan and absolutely cannot wait to see where he takes us next.

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Saturday, March 07, 2009

Clay Aiken and the North Carolinia six

Clay Aiken loves to joke about coming in second on American Idol's season 2. But he was the first from North Carolina to hit the Idol stage in 2003. To date there are six North Carolinians including Clay.

After Clay came Fantasia Barrino from High Point in the 3rd season. She won that year.

Season 5 included 3 more North Carolinians.

Bucky Covington from Rockingham who wound up in 8th place.

Chris Daughtry from McLeansville who wound up in 4th place.

Kellie Pickler from Albemarle who wound up in 6th place.

And now in Season 8 we have Anoop Desai from Chapel Hill who became contestant number 13.

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Friday, March 06, 2009

The Very Best of Clay Aiken

Sony has put together an album of Clay Aiken's songs they consider represent the best of his work. This album will be released on March 31, 2009.

Here's the track list: "Ashes", "A Thousand Days". "The Way", "Bridge Over Troubled Water", "On My Way Here", "This Is The Night", "Solitaire", "Here You Come Again", "Measure Of A Man", "The Real Me", "Something About Us", "Invisible", "On The Wings of Love", "Mary, Did You Know"

The first track is Ashes, one of my favorites from his On My Way Here album.

Another song I would have included is Everything I Don't Need. This live performance video is from the BAF Gala in Raleigh last October.

What song(s) would you have chosen for this playlist?

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Thursday, March 05, 2009

Clay Aiken: Take a Listen

Clay Aiken, from his AI2 performances all the way to On My Way Here album promos in one clip. Awesome voice.

"Is being compared to Clay Aiken bad?" - Not if you can sing like he can.

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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Clay Aiken "Let America Decide"

When Clay Aiken auditioned in Atlanta he answered Simon Cowell's "Now what" question with "Let America decide." And America did. America chose Clay above all the other Wild Card night contestants. Here's Clay's performance of Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me from that night.

Three years later, Clay performed the same song on the AI5 finale'. A very grown up Clay walked out on stage and blew away his impersonator, Michael Sandecki. Ryan Seacrest never introduced Clay by name - it wasn't necessary. Although Clay looked nothing like Sandecki, everyone knew it was Clay. One of those great TV moments that will go down in history.

Wild Card Night

AI5 Finale'

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