Jay Leno went on the attack against ‘American Idol’ stars Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini’s new movie, then speculated on a plot for Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken. He joked during his Friday monologue, “Scientists say they have identified the shortest possible unit of time. It’s the length of time from when the ‘American Idol’ movie, ‘From Justin to Kelly,’ comes out, until it gets to video. That is the smallest, smallest, smallest — [Cheers and applause] We couldn’t even get a screening of it. The studios refused to let reviewers see it before it came out. They say it’s kind of like ‘Grease,’ except no one’s sure if Justin is playing Travolta or Olivia Newton John. [Audience ohs] So we don’t know. Is that going to be a regular thing now? The stars of the ‘American Idol’ getting movies? What’s the next one? ‘When Clay Met Ruben’? You think that would be it? Some kind of prison picture possibly?”
Clay Aiken’s Training Program
June 20, 2003 – Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Thursday, “In the new issue of Rolling Stone, Clay Aiken says that he doesn’t believe in premarital sex, he has 16 pairs of shoes and he’s not gay. Well, he hasn’t graduated yet, but he’s obviously in a gay training program.”
‘American Idol’ Albums Due On Same Day
June 20, 2003 – The sales showdown between ‘American Idol’ singers Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard will continue with the release of their respective albums on the same day, Billboard.com has learned. According to the RCA Music Group, the company has set an Aug. 19 release date for both albums, whose titles are to be determined. RCA Music Group chairman Clive Davis will executive produce both sets.
Clay Aiken Rolling Stone Cover Story
June 20, 2003 – RollingStone.com has a special feature section on ‘American Idol’ runner-up Clay Aiken, which includes the feature cover story by Erik Hedegaard, a behind the scenes video from his photo shoot, and pictures from his photo shoot, a review of his single ‘This Is the Night’, and audio to ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’.
Clay Aiken No Longer Runner-Up
June 18, 2003 – Clay Aiken’s single ‘This is the Night’ will debut at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, with ‘American Idol’ champ Ruben Studdard’s ‘Flying Without Wings’ right behind at #2. Aiken sold 393,000 copies of his single and Studdard sold 286,000 copies.
Not Aiken For Dad
June 18, 2003 – ‘American Idol’ runner-up Clay Aiken blasts his “sperm donor” father Vernon Grissom in the latest issue of Rolling Stone. “He never tried to be a father to me, ever,” the singer says. “I saw him when I was growing up only because the court made me.” He also tells the mag that while he calls himself a “shoe whore”, owning 16 pairs, he’s not gay.
Ryan Seacrest Has Dick Clark Aspirations
June 12, 2003 – Entertainment Tonight spoke with ‘American Idol’ host Ryan Seacrest about his new gig hosting ‘American Juniors’. “I want to be like Dick Clark,” Ryan, who also hosts a STAR 98.7 FM radio show, told ET. “Dick Clark and Merv Griffin are guys I look up to and admire. So for me to be on Clear Channel radio every day, and for me to be hosting a live television show, as a broadcaster, it is the best couple of gigs in the world. I am thrilled to be doing it.”
‘Popstars’ Nasty Can’t Stand Simon’s Chain-Smoking
June 9, 2003 – The Mirror reports ‘American Idol’ judge Simon Cowell’s ‘Popstars’ counterpart Nasty Nigel Lythgoe now refuses to go anywhere with Mr. Nasty because he chain smokes. A source explained, “Nigel told Simon he can’t puff away in his presence because he had to give up smoking after his heart attack. It drives Nigel crazy.”