Julie Hinds of the Detroit Free Press profiled how the post ‘American Idol’ reaction has been to the show’s winner Clay Aiken receiving more attention and achieving higher singles sales than the show’s winner, Ruben Studdard. Clay had a few early advantages in this matchup. Physically, he is closer to the boy-band pop star mold than Ruben. “He’s spiky-haired, cute, looks like Ryan Seacrest,” says WKQI’s Buck Head. “Ruben’s a little bigger. He’s not selling sex appeal.”
Clay Aiken’s ‘Night’ Video Says ‘This Is The Soul’
July 20, 2003 – MTV News caught up with photographer Matthew Rolston, who not only snapped Clay for the cover of Rolling Stone, but is directing his debut video for his first single ‘This Is the Night’. “It’s a little bit like if you could be behind the scenes at one of my photo shoots,” Rolston said of the video. “There’s a few different scenes, different backgrounds, changes of clothes – it’s very simple. First and foremost it’s Clay performing, which he does very well.” Read more.
Clay Aiken And Kimberley Locke An Item?
July 17, 2003 – Contributed anonymously: I interviewed Clay, and when I asked him if there was something going on with him and Kimberley, his answer was, “Friends now… nothing more yet.”
Idol Ruben To Shoot Rolling Stone Cover
July 17, 2003 – Contributed by Jerseline: Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith say that Ruben Studdard will take a short break from the American Idol tour, to shoot for his Rolling Stone cover. They also have quotes from him about how he feels about less free time, and the fact runner-up Clay Aiken got the coveted cover first.
Simon Cowell Says ‘Idol’ Negotiations Weren’t Complicated
July 10, 2003 – After months of playing coy about his future with ‘American Idol’, Simon Cowell says he will return to his hit reality show, ‘American Idol.’ He tells Extra, “It wasn’t a complicated negotiation. It was over in a couple of days.” Reports put Simon’s new paycheck around $150,000 per episode. That’s roughly $5.7 million a year for ‘Idol’ alone. Simon says, “It’s not how much money you get, but how much you get back.”
Simon Cowell Signs 3-Year ‘Idol’ Deal
July 10, 2003 – The Associated Press reports ‘American Idol’ judge Simon Cowell has signed a contract to judge the Fox television contest for another three years, the network said Monday. The new season is set to start in January 2004.