Searches for ‘American Idol’ runner-up Clay Aiken were over 10 times that of the show’s champ, Ruben Studdard, during the month of June on pay-per click search engine Overture.com. Clay even received triple the number of searches *NSYNC star Justin Timberlake received during the month and about 25% more than Christina Aguilera, but about 40% less than Britney Spears. There were 882,091 searches for “Clay Aiken” for the month. The most searched song lyric was for ‘This Is The Night’ with 4,401 queries. The most common misspelling was Clay Aikens with 9,410 queries, followed by Clay Akin with 5,380.
Clay Aiken Elects For Healthy Food With Carmen Rasmussen
July 3, 2003 – The Star Tribune has more information on Clay’s visit to Minnesota ahead of the ‘American Idol’ tour kickoff in St. Paul next week. Clay dropped by Q.Cumbers in Edina with fellow ‘Idol’ Carmen Rasmussen and told her server Bonnie Gustafson that the hotel recommended Q.Cumbers as offering healthier fare. “He said, This is awesome, we’ll come back,” she said. Aiken said he’s trying to be more health-conscious while he’s out on the road. “They were all very pleasant,” Gustafson said. “I didn’t want to bother them. He was like, Everywhere we go, people are so nice.”
Clay Aiken’s Getting A Lotta Love In Minnesota
July 2, 2003 – Bonnie Gustafson, who served Clay when he dropped by Q.Cumbers in Edina Sunday night, tells the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he couldn’t believe how nice Minnesotans have been to him while he and the ‘Idol’ cast are in the area rehearsing for next week’s show at St. Paul’s X.
Ruben Studdard And Clay Aiken Rematch Scratched
July 1, 2003 – The latest showdown between Ruben and Clay has been called off. RCA is reversing an earlier decision to release the duo’s debut albums simultaneously on August 19th. “They’re not going to come out on the same day,” an RCA spokesperson tells TV Guide Online. “They’re going to be spaced apart.”
Clay Still Most Popular Musician; Britney Inching Up
July 1, 2003 – Contributed anonymously: According to this week’s Lyco’s Top 50, Clay Aiken remains music’s most searched star. He landed at #3, and Britney Spears lands at #7, being the most searched female musician again. Beyonce Knowles of Destiny’s Child climbs over Christina Aguilera, landing at #23, while Christina is at #25. Top singer/actors, Eminem and Jennifer Lopez land at #32 and #34 respectively, and top male group Good Charlotte land in at #43. t.A.T.u and Metallica round off the chart at #45 and #49.
Q&A With Clay And Ruben
June 21, 2003 – Billboard.com did a Q&A with ‘American Idol’ champ Ruben Studdard and runner-up Clay Aiken. Asked how old he was when he first started to sing, Aiken responded, “Maybe three. When I was five, there was a high school in the area that did a winter dance, and they had a mascot every year who would sing. It was 1984. I sang ‘Islands In the Stream,’ a big No. 1 hit, and won. I remember being up there and everybody was laughing at me and I said, ‘Mom, they’re laughing at me,’ and she said, ‘No, they think you’re cute’.”