Clay Aiken Deals With ‘Idol’ Baggage

In an interview with USA Today, acknowledged that being part of ‘’ brings some baggage. “The show is an amazing steppingstone, but there is a stigma that can follow you,” Aiken explained. “You’re seen as being a reality-show contestant as opposed to a real artist. You’re automatically considered a flash in the pan.” Read more.

Clay Aiken Fans Inflate Search Interest On The Lycos 50

December 18, 2004 – While the Lycos 50 chart of top search queries shows Clay consistently in the top 5, and at #2 this week, deeper evidence shows that the singer is not nearly as popular online as that list indicates, pointing to the ‘American Idol’ season two runner-up’s faithful fans artificially inflating his search interest. Yahoo owned pay-per-search engine Overture’s list of top Clay searches for the month of November show ‘Clay Aiken’ received 204,736 searches for the month, far behind Britney Spears, who got over 3 million searches, or even ‘Idol’ season one champ Kelly Clarkson, who got 627,000 searches — three times that of Aiken. Clay’s most popular song was the seasonal ‘Merry Christmas With Love’, followed by ‘The Way’. His most frequent misspelling was Clay Akin with 4,748 searches, followed by Clay Aikens with 2,384 searches.

Clay Aiken Unleashes His Diva Side At New Jersey High School

December 10, 2004 – Clay is taking a big hit to his sugary sweet image after an e-mail made the rounds from a English teacher in Clearview Regional High School in Mullica Hill, New Jersey. The teacher alleges that while rehearsing with his backup choir from a local school, Aiken “berated” the kids, deprived them of a timely feeding, banned a teacher from the rehearsal venue, and then presented the school with a fake check for their efforts. Check out the letter from and read a follow-up where “those in the know confirmed all the ugly details” according to Monica Yant Kinney of The Philadelphia Inquirer (article was since removed).

Clay Aiken Makes Up For Late Phone-In To Radio Show

December 9, 2004 – Clay phoned into the Steve & DC Morning Show on Friday (December 3). Clay caught some heat on Friday because he was late phoning in so 95% of the clip from Friday’s show is the crew bitching about the singer not phoning in. When they got him on for the interview they aired Monday (December 6), they played a clip of Clay singing with Sean Copeland from their show. They then talked about his Christmas CD, his nearly year-long Christmas making the album and rehearsing for Christmas specials, his plans for the holidays, talking to the conservative republican show how he works his faith into his public life, and more. The interview audio clips at have since been removed.

Clay Postpones Three Concerts

November 24, 2004 – Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Tuesday night, “‘American Idol’ runner-up Clay Aiken has postponed three concerts on his Christmas tour because of vocal cord problems caused by an infection. Vocal cord problems, to which Ashlee Simpson said, ‘Well why would that stop a concert?'”

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