UNICEF Ambassador and ‘American Idol’ season two runner-up Clay Aiken wrapped up the first leg of his trip to the flood affected areas of southeast Mexico by participating in a gift exchange and “sing along” with over 300 children and their families at a camp erected for flood victims on Tuesday (December 25).
“The situation in Chiapas and Tabasco has really become a forgotten emergency,” said Aiken, who became an ambassador for the children’s agency in 2004. “Telling the story of these brave people, especially the children, to a U.S. audience is the reason that I am here. Sharing this experience with my family during this time of year makes it even more special.”
The singer is traveling the state of Tabasco with his mother and younger brother through Wednesday. Torrential rains last month in Tabasco and Chiapas produced the worst flooding the region has seen in more than 50 years.
Clay Aiken Christmas Memory
December 24, 2007 – Clay offered a Christmas memory to The New York Daily News’ Rush & Molloy. “My memories have always been the mishaps,” Aiken said. “I remember driving back from getting the Christmas tree and having to stick it through the open back windows of the car and freezing all the way home. I think a majority of Americans’ Christmas memories are much less ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ and much more ‘National Lampoon.'”
Clay Aiken Drinking Beer With Two ‘Very Young’ French Men
December 16, 2007 – Ben Widdicombe of the New York Daily News reports that Clay was spotted drinking beer with the two “very young” French men the ‘American Idol’ season two runner-up brought with him to the opening of the Detny shoe store on New York City’s Mulberry St. last weekend.
Clay Aiken Added To Broadway Production Of ‘Spamalot’
October 16, 2007 – The Associated Press reports Clay is set to join the cast of the original New York production of the Tony winning ‘King Arthur’ send-up ‘Monty Python’s Spamalot’ on January 18, 2008. The ‘American Idol’ season two runner-up will play Sir Robin, described as “a cowardly knight well versed in the world of musical theater.” Aiken said of the role, “I really couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful group of people to work with. Let’s not lie, the chance to work with legendary creative minds like Mike Nichols and Eric Idle is, on its own, a reason to jump at this opportunity.”
Clay Aiken Beaten Up By A Girl
July 12, 2007 – Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Tuesday night, “Clay Aiken got into a a scuffle with a female passenger on a flight. Did you hear about this? Flying to Tulsa, gets in a a fight with a woman on the plane. Yeah. He told the audience he joked about getting beaten up by a a girl, which is the same thing she said.”