- Clay's delayed TV Guide special will air sometime this weekend on The TV Guide channel. You should check your local listings as air dates and times vary by region. This comes on at 9 PM tonight in most markets.
- Quite a few mentions of Clay's December 22 Days of Our Lives appearance:
- The Insider
- Associated Press wire/MSNBC- "Clay Aiken is about to enter a world of back-stabbing, scandal and diva fits and no, it's not backstage at "American Idol." He's taping an appearance on NBC's 'Days of our Lives.'"
- Spokesman Review
- E! Online - "If Clay Aiken was invisible…well then he couldn't be on Days of Our Lives, now could he? The American Idol-endorsed pop star is set to guest-star as himself on the long-running NBC soap opera, the network confirmed Friday to E! News."
- United Press International wire/Reality TV World
- About.com - Days of our Lives
- Access Hollywood
- Fox News
- Lake County News Sun - "We're saving our money for troubadour Clay Aiken, who's coming Dec. 1 to the Genesee Theatre. Don't forget our contest to win free Clay tickets."
- Montgomery Advertiser - sports article mentions the 'battle' between Clay and Ruben - "Well, guess what, Studdard? I thought Clay Aiken was better. And he was terrible."
- Daily Record (UK)- Rolling Stone covers - mentions Clay's 2003 cover.
- Now here's a fantastic ATDW review from Common Sense Media. It makes common sense!
On A THOUSAND DIFFERENT WAYS, Clay Aiken delivers covers of 14 romantic, sentimental, and mostly well-known love ballads. A CD like this requires a certain mood, as well as an absolute suspension of coolness. But Aiken does a beautiful job reinventing the love-ballad wheel.
For tweens in the throes of first love, Aiken's interpretations of songs made popular by Elton John ("Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"), Bad English ("When I See You Smile"), Bryan Adams ("Everything I Do [I Do It for You]"), and Celine Dion ("Because You Loved Me") not only do justice to the material but often transcend the originals. He's a guy who seems to know what works -- and what his audience expects -- and plays it very safe in terms of content, style, and musicianship.
Are you a dreamy pre-adolescent fantasizing about your first future boyfriend? Aiken will say all the right things, always be adoring and faithful, and will never let you down. Are you a teenager in the throes of budding romance? Aiken will provide the soundtrack for that first, exquisite kiss. Parents of lovestruck kids have nothing to worry about in terms of lyrical content, which includes only the gentlest and subtlest innuendo.
If you are NOT in the required altered state of being in, or longing for, love, A Thousand Different Ways probably won't work for you. But for those who aren't afraid of sentiment, these are smooth, lovely offerings, sung with passion and integrity and produced with loving care. Leave your hip-hop attitude at the door, and enjoy the sentimental stylings of a talented musical interpreter.
Fans of this CD will also enjoy the original versions of the songs Aiken covers, especially ones by Celine Dion and Elton John, as well as Aiken's previous album, Measure of a Man.
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