Heidi Oringer of ABCNews.com is blasting ‘American Idol’ champ Ruben Studdard, hoping to “recall” the winner much like the gubernatorial recall vote on Gray Davis in California, after the scandal involving 205 Flava, in which the singer allegedly was paid by the company, violating ‘Idol’ rules. “The fact of the matter is, if Ruben actually violated the rules of the show, then regardless of his immense (no pun intended) talent, he should relinquish his title,” she said. “But to whom – the second-place contestant, Clay Aiken? Not necessarily. You see, this show, which has become a phenomenon, is supposed to represent more than just a shot at fame for a talented few. It has separated itself from other such competitive shows by allowing the American public to be the decision makers.” Read more.
Clay’s Stardom: The Real Way People Measure A Man
August 17, 2003 – Barbara McLaughlin of FoxesOnIdol.com weighed in on ‘American Idol’ runner-up Clay Aiken and his new album previously titled ‘Measure of a Man,’ and her thoughts on why the album and Clay live up to the title. “Does it really matter whether a man is a teacher or a recording artist,” she asks. “Whether he is famous or not? Whether he makes a modest living or millions? Whether he wears a Prada sweater or a ‘lumberjack’ shirt? Whether he’s a slender young man or a buff hunk? Whether he fits a predetermined image or not? NO!! A man is measured by the beauty that flows from within him and his ability to allow that beauty to be seen. Clay allowed us to see that beauty, so we supported him through his incredible journey on AI. By being himself, he inspired us to help him get to this point of amazing opportunities.”
The review at foxesonidol.com has since been removed.