Clay Aiken’s Mistake Mostly Caused By ‘Idol’ Producers

According to a posting at the Clay Aiken community on, the ‘American Idol’ finalist was not at fault for missing lines in ‘Vincent’. A regular named Dean called the Drex morning show on 103.5 Kiss FM in Chicago and verified a story indicating that 25 minutes before Clay was going to perform, when he was in hair and makeup backstage, the producers told him that the rehearsal was under and they needed to extend the program. They told him he would need to change the arrangement and add an extra verse to prolong the show. He didn’t have time to rehearse this change. The judges had already watched the dress rehearsal so they didn’t know what happened and obviously didn’t notice the change in the song. Dean was extremely upset over the move. Drex, who is not a Clay fan and calls him ‘Tinkerbell’, was even upset that Fox would do something like that. Nigel, the producer, explained the situation to the audience during the commercial break, but us watching were never informed.

Josh Gracin Voted Off ‘American Idol’

May 7, 2003 – Contributed anonymously: Joshua Gracin was voted off of ‘American Idol’ tonight, despite a much-improved performance and Simon Cowell’s comments that Kimberley Locke should be the one to leave. After thanking his fans, the judges, and his family for their support, Josh brought his daughter up on stage during his farewell song while his wife looked on with tears in her eyes.

Frenchie Davis Bounces Back On Broadway

May 7, 2003 – Ousted ‘American Idol 2’ finalist Frenchie Davis takes the stage for her Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning Rent on Friday, May 16th. Frenchie has signed on the dotted line as the soloist on ‘Seasons of Love,’ and will play three or four small characters in the musical.

Robin Gibb Is Tonight’s ‘American Idol’ Guest Judge

May 6, 2003 – Extra TV reports the ‘American Idols’ finalists will be performing in front of a legend tonight: Bee Gee Robin Gibb. They also report that on Wednesday the lucky three finalists will rub elbows with Oprah Winfrey, who will be taping her talk show on the ‘American Idol’ set (adding confirmation that the finalists know who gets booted before the Wednesday night shows broadcast).

Ruben Studdard Still The ‘American Idol’ Favorite

May 6, 2003 – Writers for Entertainment Weekly sized up the final four contestants on ‘American Idol 2’, giving odds for each to win it all. A longshot is Josh Gracin, at 50:1. Kimberley Locke gets 5:1 odds. Clay Aiken comes in at 4:1. The favorite, even though he was in the bottom two last week is big Ruben Studdard, who is given 2:1 odds. EW’s Mark Harris says, “As for the slam that he can do only one thing: true, and who cares? If America really wanted a winner to be a little bit country and a little bit rock & roll, we’d all be talking about Kimberly Caldwell right now.” Read more.

Carmen Says She And Clay Are Just ‘Good Friends’

April 29, 2003 – Recently, Entertainment Tonight caught up with ousted ‘American Idol’ finalist Carmen Rasmusen to find out how she felt about being eliminated. “I was sad,” she reflected. “It’s sad to leave everyone you’ve been so close to … and to leave the show because I love performing so much. I’m just really happy to get as far as I did.” The blonde beauty also cleared up rumors floating around that she and Clay Aiken are a couple: “Clay and I are just good friends!”

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