Thursday, August 23, 2007

Clay Aiken: Walking Tall

It has become a tradition for the fans, that choose to wait, to line up outside the venue each night after a concert. They line up in single file along curbs, circling blocks and buildings or on the waterfront and they wait patiently for Clay to shower and change into something comfortable. Sometimes he wears his favorite ratty shorts and sometimes its flannels and hoodies, depending on the season.

The numbers vary from hundreds to thousands and the line can go for a mile or more at times. In the video below, one of the fans decided to walk along behind him and capture it for posterity. There's no way to tell how long he can continue to do this. The line seems at times to be too long to be manageable. At one venue Clay was driven to the end of the line in a police car, another time a golf cart, and he walks the line touching every hand and thanking the fans for coming.

Fans waiting at the buses and waving goodbye as Clay's buses drove away has been a long time habit through many of his tours but to have him walk the line is something that grew organically and has gotten bigger and bigger. One thing that venue staff and bystanders commonly say is that they've never seen such a cool thing and that they'll never forget it. I've never seen or heard of any popstar doing such a thing and I shouldn't be so surprised. Clay isn't your run of the mill popstar and how cool is that!

Check this out.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Is Clay Smarter Than A 5th Grader?

Multi-platinum Recording Artist Clay Aiken Slated for Celebrity Edition of Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Multi-platinum recording artist
Clay Aiken will be testing his mental mettle against a group of brainy
fifth graders. Mr. Aiken, co-founder of The Bubel/Aiken Foundation (TBAF),
is slated to appear on the upcoming celebrity version of Fox's hit game
show, Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?
Aiken will be playing to raise money for TBAF which will receive a
minimum $25,000 for Clay's appearance. But Aiken plans on earning much more
for his foundation. The Foundation earns money for each question Clay
answers correctly. Should he correctly answer all 11 questions, the
Foundation will earn one million dollars.
"We're excited about Clay's appearance on the show to fundraise for the
Foundation. Fox has given us a great opportunity to move closer to our goal
of 100 Let's ALL Play camps in 2008. Clay's appearance will also gain
exposure for our goals of full inclusion. Of course we're hoping to win the
million, but Clay's being part of their hit show will be great for the
Foundation either way," said Jerry Aiken, executive director, TBAF.
The Bubel/Aiken Foundation's Let's ALL Play initiative brings an
inclusive recreational and learning experience to all children by giving
children with developmental disabilities the same summer camp experience.
Children of all abilities come together to participate in recreational
activities including swimming, baseball, archery, arts and crafts, physical
fitness, and community service. Let's ALL Play encourages children's
organizations nationwide to move toward full inclusion by offering as a
resource a tested, successful, comprehensive model supported through
specialized training.
Let's ALL Play has become a viable option for YMCAs and other
children's organizations nationwide which seek the ideal of becoming fully
inclusive. The goal is to implement inclusive recreational programs
nationwide to reach thousands of children with 100 camps by 2008.
Hosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy, Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?
airs on Fox's Thursday night lineup. Aiken will be taping his appearance
August 28th with the Celebrity Edition airing to be announced later. The
season's premiere is slated for September 6, 8pm Eastern and 9pm Central.
About The Bubel/Aiken Foundation: The Bubel/Aiken Foundation serves to
bridge the gap that exists between young people with special needs and the
world around them. The Foundation supports communities with inclusive
programs and works to create awareness about the possibilities that
inclusion can bring. For more information visit the Foundation on line at

SOURCE The Bubel/Aiken Foundation