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September 21, 2006 | By Tirdad Derakhshani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's a Claymation week, what with the release of A Thousand Different Ways by Chapel Hill, N.C.'s, first son, Clay Aiken and the American Idol runner-up's exclusive confessionals with Good Morning America and People mag, not to mention his natty - Martin Short crossed with John Mayer - makeover. But the message is pretty much the same from the likeable-to-loveable, genuine, earnest, heartfelt young man, except for one thing: He finally addresses questions about his sexual orientation.
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February 28, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
FORMER "AMERICAN IDOL" runner-up Clay Aiken officially filed yesterday to run for Congress in North Carolina, saying that he wants to help end the gridlock in Washington and that no single political party has all the answers. The singer, a Democrat, turned in his paperwork at the State Board of Elections to seek the 2nd District seat currently held by Republican Renee Ellmers. Aiken, who lives in the Raleigh-Durham area, announced his bid three weeks ago and must first try to win the Democratic primary in less than 10 weeks.
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April 19, 2005 | HOWARD GENSLER gensleh@phillynews.com Daily News wire services contributed to this report
WE KNOW you're going to find this difficult to believe, but Clay Aiken it seems, was bullied in school. We're not making light of this fact. Tattle was bullied in the first grade by two meanies - one whom we believe went on to become a huge celebrity publicist. Ironically they share the same name. But we digress . . . Actually wouldn't it be more of a surprise if Aiken wasn't bullied in school? We'd all be like "Wow, what an enlightened school, not picking on the lanky kid who knew all the songs from 'Phantom of the Opera.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 24, 2010 | By GARY GRAFF, Billboard.com
"American Idol's" second-season runner-up, Clay Aiken, has his own idea of what the show should do to replace departing judge Simon Cowell. "I've always thought it would be a great addition to the panel to have someone who's a former contestant and knows what it's like to be up on that stage and be critiqued," Aiken told Billboard.com. So is he raising his hand? "Well, I'm so far removed from it at this point that I don't know if I remember what it's like. But who knows? I would not put myself out there to be as caustic as [Cowell]
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 2008 | By Tirdad Derakhshani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
8 cheers for Clay Aiken - he's a daddy American Idol alum Clay Aiken, 29, and his platonic bosom buddy Jaymes Foster (who is reportedly 50) welcomed their first child yesterday at a most propitious time and day. "Parker was born at a hospital in North Carolina just this morning at 8:08 a.m. Wow . . . 8:08 . . . 08/08/08," Clay said. The baby, who weighed in at 6 pounds, 2 ounces, is "healthy, happy, and as loud as his daddy," Clay adds. "Mama Jaymes is doing quite well also.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2004 | By David Hiltbrand INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The life of a pop star - as you may have imagined - is different from yours and mine. "I got to cut in line at the DMV," exults Clay Aiken. "Well, Steven Tyler kissed me," says Kelly Clarkson, trumping him on the phone from Los Angeles, where the two American Idol stars are rehearsing for their joint concert tour, which comes to the Liacouras Center on Tuesday. The hugely popular Fox talent show catapulted the two singers from karaoke to platinum status. Both say that sudden stardom hasn't gone to their heads.
NEWS
March 4, 2004 | By David Hiltbrand INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
American Idol alumni Kelly Clarkson and Clay Aiken have been taking turns headlining on their current tour. Tuesday at the Liacouras Center, it was Clarkson's night to top the bill, and that resulted in a topsy-turvy show because the predominantly female crowd was clearly composed of Clay devotees. The ladies began to scream as Aiken emerged from the back of the hall, singing Mr. Mister's 1985 hit "Kyrie" as he walked through the audience. And they continued to scream all the way through his final number and latest single, "The Way. " Whatever X factor makes an Idol an idol, Aiken obviously has it - this despite the fact that he's a one-man Andy of Mayberry reunion: He looks like Opie, moves like Barney Fife, and sings like Gomer Pyle.
NEWS
December 28, 2003 | By Tirdad Derakhshani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's that time of year - when we want our celebrities not just to behave well, but to do good. So here's a little report on celebs being decent citizens during the holidays. East Coast rapper and head of the Roc-a-Fella Records dynasty Jay-Z got dressed up like Santa and handed out toys for tots in his old 'hood of Bedford-Stuyvesant, in Brooklyn, on Christmas Day. The New York Post says he wowed the kids by bringing along his main squeeze: Beyonc? Knowles. "I was surprised to see Beyonc?," said Tiffany Williams, 15, who got a Memphis Bleek CD and a high-tech pen from the duo. Jay-Z, 34, was nonchalant about the compliments, saying his good deed was "enrichment for the soul.
NEWS
February 7, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
THE DEATH of Philip Seymour Hoffman may end up taking a quartet of drug dealers off the streets of Manhattan. Four people were taken into custody on drug charges after police investigating Hoffman's death executed search warrants, two people with knowledge of the investigation said yesterday. The medical examiner's office, meanwhile, said that more tests are needed to determine what killed him. We're not coroners here at Tattle, but unless that needle in Hoffman's arm was giving him a B-12 shot, we think we know what killed him. There was no timetable for Hoffman's autopsy to be finished, said medical examiner office spokeswoman Julie Bolcer , who declined to discuss the pending tests.
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March 11, 2004 | By David Hiltbrand INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
On his way to winning the second season of American Idol, Ruben Studdard was dubbed the Velvet Teddy Bear. But on the phone from his home in Birmingham, Ala., he's more like a grumpy Kodiak. Blame his management for scheduling early-morning interviews for a guy who rarely rolls out of bed before noon. Not that he's complaining. "It's part of the job," Studdard says sleepily. "When people have careers, they have to do things out of the ordinary. " And with his first headlining tour starting at Upper Darby's Tower Theater tonight (tickets are still available)
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February 28, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
FORMER "AMERICAN IDOL" runner-up Clay Aiken officially filed yesterday to run for Congress in North Carolina, saying that he wants to help end the gridlock in Washington and that no single political party has all the answers. The singer, a Democrat, turned in his paperwork at the State Board of Elections to seek the 2nd District seat currently held by Republican Renee Ellmers. Aiken, who lives in the Raleigh-Durham area, announced his bid three weeks ago and must first try to win the Democratic primary in less than 10 weeks.
NEWS
February 7, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
THE DEATH of Philip Seymour Hoffman may end up taking a quartet of drug dealers off the streets of Manhattan. Four people were taken into custody on drug charges after police investigating Hoffman's death executed search warrants, two people with knowledge of the investigation said yesterday. The medical examiner's office, meanwhile, said that more tests are needed to determine what killed him. We're not coroners here at Tattle, but unless that needle in Hoffman's arm was giving him a B-12 shot, we think we know what killed him. There was no timetable for Hoffman's autopsy to be finished, said medical examiner office spokeswoman Julie Bolcer , who declined to discuss the pending tests.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 24, 2010 | By GARY GRAFF, Billboard.com
"American Idol's" second-season runner-up, Clay Aiken, has his own idea of what the show should do to replace departing judge Simon Cowell. "I've always thought it would be a great addition to the panel to have someone who's a former contestant and knows what it's like to be up on that stage and be critiqued," Aiken told Billboard.com. So is he raising his hand? "Well, I'm so far removed from it at this point that I don't know if I remember what it's like. But who knows? I would not put myself out there to be as caustic as [Cowell]
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 2008 | By Tirdad Derakhshani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
8 cheers for Clay Aiken - he's a daddy American Idol alum Clay Aiken, 29, and his platonic bosom buddy Jaymes Foster (who is reportedly 50) welcomed their first child yesterday at a most propitious time and day. "Parker was born at a hospital in North Carolina just this morning at 8:08 a.m. Wow . . . 8:08 . . . 08/08/08," Clay said. The baby, who weighed in at 6 pounds, 2 ounces, is "healthy, happy, and as loud as his daddy," Clay adds. "Mama Jaymes is doing quite well also.
NEWS
September 21, 2006 | By Tirdad Derakhshani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's a Claymation week, what with the release of A Thousand Different Ways by Chapel Hill, N.C.'s, first son, Clay Aiken and the American Idol runner-up's exclusive confessionals with Good Morning America and People mag, not to mention his natty - Martin Short crossed with John Mayer - makeover. But the message is pretty much the same from the likeable-to-loveable, genuine, earnest, heartfelt young man, except for one thing: He finally addresses questions about his sexual orientation.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 8, 2006 | By HOWARD GENSLER gensleh@phillynews.com Daily News wire services contributed to this report
IF YOU THINK it's easy to write those sappy love songs that traditionally mark the finals showdown on "American Idol," next season you may get your chance to have your tune turned into a heart-stopping, chart-topping power ballad. "Idol" is tweaking its format to allow both pro and amateur songwriters to compete for the chance to write songs for the finalists, a spokesman for series creator Simon Fuller said yesterday. In the past, the show has called on an industry songwriter or producer to write a not-too-original song for each of the two finalists, with the new "idol" or the runner-up recording the tune.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2005 | HOWARD GENSLER gensleh@phillynews.com Daily News wire services contributed to this report
WE KNOW you're going to find this difficult to believe, but Clay Aiken it seems, was bullied in school. We're not making light of this fact. Tattle was bullied in the first grade by two meanies - one whom we believe went on to become a huge celebrity publicist. Ironically they share the same name. But we digress . . . Actually wouldn't it be more of a surprise if Aiken wasn't bullied in school? We'd all be like "Wow, what an enlightened school, not picking on the lanky kid who knew all the songs from 'Phantom of the Opera.
NEWS
October 8, 2004 | By Tirdad Derakhshani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
We have a feeling youthful role model Justin Timberlake may be crying a river over an announcement that Destiny's Child is replacing him in McDonald's "I'm Loving It" marketing blitz. Mickey D is making the move to court them youngsters. "We believe this appeals to kids, and when kids are happy, Mom is happy," sayeth the company's global marketing chief, Larry Light. We hope that Beyonc?, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams are as good at the acting thing as they are at singing. They'll have to scarf that stuff down in front of a camera - take, after take, after take - and cheerfully declare "I'm Lovin' It. " We salute their courage.
NEWS
March 11, 2004 | By David Hiltbrand INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
On his way to winning the second season of American Idol, Ruben Studdard was dubbed the Velvet Teddy Bear. But on the phone from his home in Birmingham, Ala., he's more like a grumpy Kodiak. Blame his management for scheduling early-morning interviews for a guy who rarely rolls out of bed before noon. Not that he's complaining. "It's part of the job," Studdard says sleepily. "When people have careers, they have to do things out of the ordinary. " And with his first headlining tour starting at Upper Darby's Tower Theater tonight (tickets are still available)
NEWS
March 4, 2004 | By David Hiltbrand INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
American Idol alumni Kelly Clarkson and Clay Aiken have been taking turns headlining on their current tour. Tuesday at the Liacouras Center, it was Clarkson's night to top the bill, and that resulted in a topsy-turvy show because the predominantly female crowd was clearly composed of Clay devotees. The ladies began to scream as Aiken emerged from the back of the hall, singing Mr. Mister's 1985 hit "Kyrie" as he walked through the audience. And they continued to scream all the way through his final number and latest single, "The Way. " Whatever X factor makes an Idol an idol, Aiken obviously has it - this despite the fact that he's a one-man Andy of Mayberry reunion: He looks like Opie, moves like Barney Fife, and sings like Gomer Pyle.
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