During Monday night’s SAT Analogies skit on ‘Late Night’ Conan O’Brien joked, “We’ll start with a pretty easy one. Jordin Sparks is to ‘I grew up on American Idol’ as Paula Abdul is to ‘I threw up on American Idol.’ … ‘Lindsay Lohan 2005’ is to ‘I’m a box office smash’ as ‘Lindsay Lohan 2007’ is to ‘I smashed into a box office’. … Joey Chestnut is to ‘new world record holder for hot dog eating’ as Clay Aiken is to ‘world record holder for calls and e-mails to Joey Chestnut’. … And finally, final episodes of ‘The Sopranos’ is to ‘lots of guys get aggressively whacked, resulting in a messy loss of bodily fluids’ as Paris Hilton is to, that’s right, ‘popular hotel heiress.'”
Clay Aiken Discusses Afghanistan Visit On ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’
May 12, 2007 – Jimmy Kimmel joked during his ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ monologue on Thursday night, “Clay Aiken is here tonight. I want to extend a welcome to all of the ‘Claymates’ that are here tonight. They have been camped out to see him since the last time Clay was with us. One lucky fan will go home tonight with one of his kidneys.”
The ‘American Idol’ season two runner-up appeared on horseback, talking about his visit to Afghanistan for UNICEF, his hunt for Osama bin Laden, his various food allergies, and his “combover beard”.
Watch the interview at YouTube.
Clay Aiken Q&A With Yahoo! Music
May 8, 2007 – ‘American Idol’ season two runner-up Clay, who acts as an education ambassador for UNICEF, most recently in post-Taliban Afghanistan, spoke with Yahoo! Music in a Q&A. Asked how he felt to be an American in Afghanistan and if he was welcomed in the towns you visited, Aiken responded, “One of the main things to remember is that people in Afghanistan did not like the Taliban, either. I was worried going in, imagining what I was going to be involved with and what I was going to find myself running into. But, it was quite different. The people were nothing but hospitable, they were completely welcoming and so wonderful. We really just had nothing but a warm welcome everywhere. I thought [Kabul] was going to be a lot more antiquated. It’s a bustling metropolis. There was wireless internet in our hotel, glass elevators, it was right inside a shopping mall like we’d see in the U.S. It’s not some sort of deprived and destitute city like I expected to see.”
The story at music.yahoo.com has since been removed.
S.A.T. Analogies Featuring Sanjaya, Clay & Paris
April 3, 2007 – During his S.A.T. Analogies segment on last night’s ‘Late Night’, Conan O’Brien joked: “Coca-Cola is to known by millions as Coke, as Sanjaya is to known by millions as joke. … Bono is to knighted by Queen as Clay Aiken is to Queen by night. … Acupuncture is to getting pricked again and again and again in every part of your body, as Paris Hilton is to hotel heiress.”
Claymates Propel Aiken To Top ’06 Album Honor
January 31, 2007 – Our previous poll asking which was your favorite pop album of 2006 saw Clay Aiken’s ‘A Thousand Different Ways’ top the list with 38.6% of the votes, holding off a challenge by JoJo’s ‘The High Road’ with 28.3%. Well back in third was Christina Aguilera’s ‘Back To Basics’, with 8.9% of the voting.