The Enquirer spoke with Jason Drake, a pal of ‘American Idol’ runner-up Clay Aiken, who claims to have corresponded with the contestant during the show, much to the shock and anger of ‘Idol’ producers. Amongst the disclosures Clay made were that the contestants couldn’t stand Kimberly Caldwell.
“Even though contestants acted like they are all very close friends, Clay admitted that everyone was happy to see Kim Caldwell get kicked off, Drake said. “He said none of the others like her because she was stuck up and phony.”
As for reports that linked Clay to Carmen Rasmusen, Clay’s pal revealed, “Everyone was playing a guessing game of are-they-or-aren’t-they an item. He said that the whole thing between him and Carmen was hype created by the producers. The people in charge thought Clay and Carmen looked good together because Carmen was the baby of the group and Clay was the innocent-seeming guy. They concocted a relationship.”
Clay Aiken To Move In With Kimberley Locke
May 30, 2003 – Contributed by popnicklover: ‘American Idol’ runner-up Clay told In Touch Weekly Magazine (issue June 9, 2003) that he plans to move to Los Angeles where he thinks he’ll have an easier time getting his music career going. He also said he’ll be sharing a house with fellow ‘Idol’ contestant Kimberley Locke, who was voted off as the two finalists were announced. In Touch Weekly also reports that the ‘Idol’ winner, Ruben Studdard, is opting to stay home in Alabama, where he’ll be living happily with his family and friends.
Clay Aiken To Release Different Single
May 30, 2003 – Contributed anonymously: Originally, Clay was to release a double A-side single with ‘This is the Night’ and ‘On the Wings of Love’ on it. However, due to his stellar performance during finale week of ‘American Idol’, the record company has decided to have him record ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ to be released in place of ‘On the Wings of Love.’ Clay’s single has remained at the #1 top-selling position on Amazon for over a week now. Both Ruben and Clay’s singles will be released on June 10th, the same day last year’s ‘Idol’ runner-up Justin Guarini’s album drops.
Was Clay Aiken Treated Unfairly By TRL?
May 26, 2003 – Contributed by popnicklover: I watched Monday’s TRL episode where ‘American Idol 2’ runner-up, Clay Aiken, and winner, Ruben Studdard, both appeared as guests. I was hoping for in depth interviews with the both of them or live performances. Instead, what I got was Carson Daly taking them away from the Manhattan TRL studio and to Hampton Beach (I think that was the place), where Carson talked to American Idol fans. The fans he talked to got to meet Ruben and Clay, but also got their pictures taken, hugging Ruben while Carson made Clay click away on a camera. Do you think this was appropriate behavior from TRL, treating Clay this way as though he was apart of the staff instead of a guest? I went to the TRL message board and a lot of Clay Aiken fans seemed to be upset by this. I personally don’t think it was fair that Clay was treated this way, but I also want to know what all of you here think. Was Clay treated fairly by TRL, or was he being disrespected as a guest?