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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Clay Nation TBAF Scrapbookers Featured in Scrapbook Retailer

Scrapping 4 Inclusion, an approved fundraiser for the Bubel Aiken Foundation is featured in the November/December issue of Scrapbook Retailer.

Click on the small version of the scan above to enlarge it. Thanks to AlasForOMC at the Clayboard for the scan.

American Idol Rewind 2 Begins Today

American Idol Rewind 2, began airing in syndication today. As we told you earlier, Clay will be narrating the entire season, so don't miss out!

The schedule is as follows:

Sept. 29: N.Y. Auditions
Oct. 6: Miami/Detroit Auditions
Oct. 13: Atlanta Auditions
Oct. 20: Austin Auditions
Oct. 27: L.A. Auditions
Nov. 3: Nashville Auditions
Nov. 10: Best of the Worst
Nov. 17: Hollywood Week Pt. 1
Nov. 24: Hollywood Week Pt. 2

December -- reruns of the auditions/Hollywood episodes.

Jan. 5: Group 1
Jan. 12: Group 2
Jan. 19: Group 3
Jan. 26: Group 4
Feb. 2: Wildcard Show
Feb. 9: Top 12 to 11
Feb. 16: Top 11 to 10
Feb. 23: Top 10 to 9
Mar. 1: Top 9 to 8
Mar. 8: Top 8 to 7
Mar. 15: Top 7 to 6
Mar. 22: Top 6 to 5
Mar. 29: Top 5 to 4
Apr. 5: Top 4 to 3
Apr. 12: Top 3 to 2
Apr. 19: Final 2
Aprl. 26: Finale is running this press release about the show:
AI Rewind returns with second season narrated by Clay Aiken - American Idol Rewind is back, and this time the popular syndicated series will highlight Season 2, the year that put American Idol on the map with legendary talent and unprecedented ratings. Premiering Saturday, September 29th in most syndicated markets nationwide, American Idol Rewind will feature an introduction from Season 2 winner Ruben Studdard, narration by runner-up Clay Aiken and the best never-before-seen clips and interviews to-date.
CDD Blogwatch
Clay bloggers on AI2 Rewind:

Friday, September 28, 2007

The Bubel Aiken Foundation Fundraisers - 3 A Day To Remember - Part I

I know we all get caught up in the excitement of upcoming tours, AI2 Rewind (with Clay narrating!!), Clay's upcoming appearance on Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader, and all those gorgeous pictures of Clay at various Clay sites.

But let's not lose sight of one of the most important things we can do for Clay and his foundation, The Bubel Aiken Foundation...and that is donate whatever we can to the various fundraisers that are going on regularly in Claynation. In so doing, we are ultimately helping the children with special needs as BAF works to get them included in summer camps and various other activities with their typical peers. This is something that is very close to Clay's heart. He has even said before that he prefers that instead of giving him a gift, we donate to BAF. We've done so on his birthday, for Christmas, and on many other special occasions. But the day-in day-out ever going on fundraisers kind of get lost in the mix.

For the next few days, CDD will list these fundraisers, three per day, that you can take part in, some so easy that it literally takes a matter of seconds to take part in. Here are the first three:

Goodsearch - Each search means a penny for TBAF and those pennies add up quickly. Its free to search and takes just a few seconds. Just follow instructions carefully.

Goodsearch URL:
Copy URL and paste in your Browser.

Underneath the gray "Who Do You GoodSearch For", write "The Bubel Aiken Foundation", (NEVER PUT JUST BAF)Click "Verify". Before you search, always look at the "My Charity" box at the top of your screen to see that it says Bubel Aiken Foundation. Then put your search subject in Goodsearch Search Box.

You can put a Goodsearch toolbar at the top of your screen for convenience, or you can make Goodsearch your Home Page.

Goodshop - This one is so easy. Go to the Goodshop page. Make certain the "Who Do You Goodsearch For" section at the top says "The Bubel Aiken Foundation" (write it in if it doesn't). Then click on whichever company you wish to shop with. The most popular companies are on this home page, but you can click on the drop down box above those company names and there are a multitude of store categories to choose from. Now you do what you love to do...SHOP!!! A percentage of your total will go to BAF.

Empties4Cash - Printer Cartridge Fundraiser - Turn your trash into cash. When you have an empty printer cartridge, don't throw it away. Instead email and request a free prepaid carton or mailer. They sent me about 25 envelopes, so I now have enough to last me for several mailings. All money raised, up to $4 per cartridge, will be sent monthly to BAF. Cartridges with a print head that qualify are Hewlett Packard, Lexmark, Compaq, Canon, Dell, Brother, and Apple. Epson cartridges do not qualify. Ask your friends, family, and co-workers for cartridges. If you throw them away, you're throwing away money!

All of these fundraisers can be found at The Bubel Aiken Market Place site . Try to support as many of these as you can. These first three in this article cost you nothing more than your time. And the more people who participate, the more those pennies, those percentages, those cartridges, add up! Now see how easy it is to help out BAF by participating in fundraisers to raise money for their camps!! The "100 For 1 Million Challenge" needs out help and support!

Christmas Tour Promotion

The Clayboard has a nice thread on promotions being used for Clay's Christmas tour ... way to go to all the venues advertising Clay's shows!

Tidbits 9/28

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  • - An article about American Idol Rewind says:
    In the September 29th premiere, viewers are greeted by Idol winner Ruben Studdard as he introduces the new season. Viewers will then hear from runner-up Clay Aiken, as he guides us through all seven audition cities and looks back on where American Idol Season 2 began its new search for the next music superstar.
  • lets readers talk to the blog:
    Readers who want to offer their 2 cents about online news have a new way to vent., the fast-growing entertainment blog co-owned by AOL, has started letting readers post audio comments about items on its website for playback by other people at the site. That's a next-generation leap from the written comments many sites have added...

    ...TMZ refined the technology, then relaunched the service about a month ago with an item - known as a "post" - about American Idol contestant Clay Aiken. The commenting service is free; readers need a laptop or PC with a built-in microphone. Comments are limited to 30 seconds in length.
  • ElitesTV - American Idol Rewind 2 returns in syndication beginning tomorrow -
    American Idol Rewind is back, and this time the popular syndicated series will highlight Season 2, the year that put American Idol on the map with legendary talent and unprecedented ratings. Premiering Saturday, September 29th in most syndicated markets nationwide, American Idol Rewind will feature an introduction from Season 2 winner Ruben Studdard, narration by runner-up Clay Aiken and the best never-before-seen clips and interviews to-date.
  • Louisville Courier Journal -
    Amen to that. Clay Aiken, Carrie Underwood and most singers never acknowledge Hanukkah on their holiday albums.

    "Oy Vey" is the perfect antidote to that.
  • Press Enterprise - American Idol losers come out winning -
    As the records show, you don't need to be a winner on "American Idol" to make it big. In fact, it's even better if you lose. Take Clay Aiken and Jennifer Hudson as prime examples that losing makes you an even bigger star.
  • Christmas tour mentions:
  • - 15 minutes up for American Idols?
    Elliott Yamin, Chris Daughtry and Clay Aiken...
    ...selling me a funnel cake. Your 15 minutes are up, guys. The Fair is hiring. You're welcome. Keep the change.
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  • The ConCLAYve - the evolution of Clay Aiken to become "This Man" -
    Four and a half years later, the boyish looking guy with the big voice is still a big part of my life. He's changed a lot. Some changes are obvious, such as his physical appearance. He's no longer the too skinny guy. He's filled out with broad shoulders and a fuller face one would expect from a man who will be 30 in a little over a year.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Tidbits 9/27

  • KFMZ-TV 69 News - An article entitled Fans Lining Up For Clay Aiken Tickets, it says:
    Clay Aiken fever is heating up in Easton. "Camp Clay" is set up outside the State Theater. Tickets for Aiken's upcoming show in Easton don't go on sale until Thursday, but some of his biggest fans are already lined up to get the best seats. Aiken is performing with the Chelsea Symphony as part of his Christmas holiday tour on December 12th....Tickets for Clay Aiken's show go on sale for state theater members tomorrow at 10 a-m. The public can buy tickets on October 3rd.
    You can see a video and what some of Clay's fans say about him at WFMZ Video Player.
  • Other Christmas tour mentions:
    • Omaha World Herald - Clay Aiken coming to Omaha - "'American Idol' runner-up Clay Aiken will join the Omaha Symphony for a Christmas concert at 8 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Orpheum Theater. Tickets, $25 to $125."
    • The Times Tribune
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  • There Was A Man - Clay preparing for Christmas tour -
    Clay Aiken is putting together his fourth annual Christmas tour. He's said that the Christmas concerts are his favorites. I'm not surprised. No one sings Christmas like Mr. Aiken. As usual it's never easy being a Clay fan. Most tours dates are announced all at once so fans can make plans.
  • Taking A Moment's Jemock gives us her wish list for the new version of the official fanclub- coming soon! "A personal phone call to every member. From Clay. I should be specific there."
  • Carolina On My Mind gives us photography tips and beautiful photos of her new grandson.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Arizona Fan Get Together Planned

According to Renee4Clay at The Clayboard, a get together for Arizona fans will be held at her house on Saturday, October 6. She says:

BYOC (bring your own clack)
We'll watch clack, eat, drink,
talk about upcoming WFI and
have a good time.

Any new Az. fans feel free to come by.
You can PM her at The Clayboard to learn more about this get together. Especially important at this get together is the talk about Wrapping For Inclusion (WFI). This is a great way not only for fans to raise money for The Bubel Aiken Foundation but also to meet other fans. Sounds like a great day for all you Arizona fans!

Houston's CW39 KHCW To Show AI Rewind; Includes Pictures On Website

Clay's fans all over the country are trying to determine when and on what channel American Idol 2 Rewind will be aired. Now that we know that Clay will be narrating the show, more people will surely want to watch it!

One station, CW39 KHCW, in Houston, TX, will air AI2 Rewind beginning Saturday, September 29, at 12 p.m., and then again on Sunday, September 30, at 3 p.m. New York auditions will be on both days.

CW39 has 8 pictures on their website of American Idol 2, 5 in which Clay is in. You can see these by clicking on this link to Season 2 Photo Highlights at the CW39 site. Clay is in 5 of the 8 pictures, and these are below:

If you would like us to post the time and station that AI2 Rewind will come on in your city, please send us a comment and we'll include it in a later article.

Clay To Narrate American Idol Rewind

USA Today's Blog, Lifeline Live (scroll down), reports that Clay will be narrating the upcoming season 2 of American Idol Rewind. An article entitled It's Season 2 of 'American Idol' All Over Again says:

American Idol fan alert: Saturday is the premiere of syndicated series American Idol Rewind. This year, the show will highlight Season 2 of American Idol. Rewind is hosted by Season 2 winner Ruben Studdard (shown here in a photo from earlier this month at a St. Louis event) and narrated by runner-up Clay Aiken. It will feature new interviews with more than 30 contestants, including Frenchie Davis and Julia DeMato, and will highlight new footage and clips from the season. Check local listings for air time.
As this blog says, be sure to check your local listings for channel and air time. With Clay narrating these shows, it will definitely be an even bigger treat for all of us!!

Is This How YOU Felt When You Found Out Clay's Christmas Tour Was Coming To Your City?

I think this baby just found out that Clay is taking his Christmas tour right to his own hometown!! He is quite the happy fan!! Is this how YOU reacted if Clay is coming to your town? Oh you lucky, lucky fans!! Won't be much longer. Check out the schedule below.

Clay Aiken's Magical Holiday 2007

Tuesday November 6...7:30pm PST..Orleans Arena, Las Vegas NV
Monday November 26..7:30pm CST...Central Christian Church, Wichita KS
Wednesday November 28..7:30pm EST....Morris Auditorium, South Bend, IN
Thursday November 29...7:30pm CST..Genesee Theatre, Waukegan IL
Friday November 30, 2007..8:00pm EST. .James W. Miller Auditorium, Kalamazoo MI
Sunday December 2, 2007...7:00pm EST. .The Warner Theatre, Washington D.C.
Tuesday December 4, 2007..7:00pm EST.....F. M. Kirby Center, Wilkes Barre PA
Thursday December 6, 2007..8:00pm EST....State Theatre, New Brunswick NJ
Friday December 7, 2007..7:30pm EST...The Palace Theater, Albany NY
Saturday December 8, 2007.......Mair Hall, Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie, NY
Sunday December 9, 2007..7:00pm EST....Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville CT
Tuesday December 11, 2007..8:00pm EST...Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank NJ
Wednesday December 12, 2007..8:00pm EST.....State Theatre for the Arts, Easton PA
Thursday December 13, 2007..8:00pm EST..Community Theatre @ Mayo Center of the Perf. Arts, Morristown NJ
Saturday December 15, 2007..7:30pm EST.....Community Arts Center, Williamsport, PA
Wednesday/Thursday December 19-20, 2007...7:30pm CST....Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN
Friday December 21, 2007...8:00pm CST....Orpheum Theatre, Omaha NE
Saturday December 22..8:00pm CST....Star Plaza Theatre, Merrillville IN

Tidbits 9/26

September 26, 2006: It's been a full year since Clay appeared before hundreds of screaming fans, including his biggest fan - Jimmy Kimmel, at the Virgin Megastore in L.A. That night, he also appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to perform songs from ATDW.

  • Hits Daily Double reports that Clay's publicist, Roger Widynowski, is leaving RCA Records to go to 19 Entertainment -
    After 13 years at RCA Records, starting as an intern and rising to VP, Roger Widynowski will oversee U.S. publicity for 19 Entertainment, starting next Monday (10/1). He will be involved with Annie Lennox's upcoming tour, work with American Idol runner-up Blake Lewis and the Spice Girls reunion tour, among others. He'll also handle stateside publicity for American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance and the new The Next Great American Band Show, debuting in Oct. (9/26p)

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

"eBay Auction Remembering Inclusion" - Approved BAF Fundraiser Raising Funds For BAF's 100 Camps

There are so many great fundraisers that have been going on for a while now. A lot of the Beta Alpha groups are raising funds for The Bubel Aiken Foundation's "Let All Play" program by selling watches, necklaces, keychains, and much more so that 100 camps can become a reality in 2008.

The Beta Alpha Group, "Aiken Breakin Broads Remembering Inclusion" began an approved BAF fundraiser just for that purpose about a week ago. The fundraiser, "Ebay Auction Remembering Inclusion" is raising money by auctioning items on EBay that belong to the group's members. A store which has been named "Aiken Breakin Remembering Inclusion" has been set up at Ebay so that all items being auctioned are in one location. The auction is set up exactly like any auction on Ebay is. Already, the group has raised close to $500 in a week by selling items such as those in the picture above, including jewelry, games, toys, books, DVD's, Christmas decorations, and household items. More items are being added to the store at an almost daily basis, so you should "come over and come often" to the store and check out what is still open for auction and what new items have been added since you last looked. The prices are great, and the final price is determined by your bidding. 100% of the proceeds, less Ebay and Paypal fees, will go to The Bubel Aiken Foundation.

The link below will take you to the "Aiken Breakin Remembering Inclusion" Store. Save it to your favorite places so you can "Come Browse, Bid, and Buy for BAF"!

Here is all the information that you should need to know about this fundraiser.

If you find you need more information, send an email to Come help us raise money for a wonderful cause. We would love to double our $500 to at least $1000 before the store closes come mid-October. The Store will be open until October 13 with lots of great deals for you to buy!

This and all other approved Bubel Aiken Foundation fundraisers can be found at the BAF Approved Fundraiser page.


Tidbits 9/25

  • The CH's Careless Whisper reports that Clay attended his 10th high school reunion in Raleigh recently -
    I got razzed today at work for being a "bad" Clay fan. Apparently, Clay attended his 10 year high school reunion over the weekend and when I was asked about it everyone was in shock that I didn't already know. Yeah, I was "outed" a long time ago. The daughter of a friend of my manager was at the reunion and said Clay was there, too. That's all I know. I didn't have time to check the board today and was wondering if I missed something. I'm glad that he was able to attend and I hope he had a good time.
  • The Chicken Soup site has some more information about the new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul for the American Idol Lover. Several Clay stories are included in the collection of short (and true!) stories.
  • Williamsport Community Arts Center's MySpace blog - and look who they quoted... CDD!
    Current mood: creative

    Magical Holiday Tour 2007: Williamsport, PA Christmas Show Confirmed

    Clay's return to the Community Arts Center in Williamsport, PA has been confirmed following months of rumblings that Clay was set to play another concert at the venue. Clay was last at the venue during last year's "Symphonic Christmas Tour".

    The show is scheduled for December 15 at 7:30 PM EST.


    Dear Friends,

    As the House Manager of the Community Arts Center, I am so pleased to welcome Clay Aiken and his fans back to our beautiful venue. The entire staff of the CAC had such a wonderful experience with not only Mr. Aiken, but with his wonderful Claymates and Claymaniacs last year. I believe that myself and the rest of the staff were moved not only by his talent, but his kind and loving nature. Not only is he an very talented artist, but a gentleman as well!

    We really hope to see all of you again at the Community Arts Center on December 15, 2007. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns!

    Best Wishes,

    Lara Collins Breon

    House Manager
  • Caller-Times - actress says she can't live without Clay's "Measure of a Man" -
    Desert island CDs: Clay Aiken's "Measure Of A Man," "Disney: 60 Years of Musical Magic," Ozzy Osbourne's "No More Tears."
  • Orlando Sentinel - sports article on "faking it" -
    "I don't read the paper."

    If you've read it once, you've read it 1,000 times. Or maybe not, since that would mean you read the paper.

    That's like admitting you listen to Clay Aiken or voted for Larry Craig. It's apparently worse if you're a sports figure. For them it's admitting you read your own reviews and can't handle the bad ones.
CDD Blogwatch
  • ClaySpots looks back at 4 years of Clay Aiken and what's next for him -
    Aiken is at a crossroad in his career. He released a pop album in 2003, a Christmas album in 2004, and a covers album in 2006. He's toured nine times and he appears on countless TV shows. He's definitely a TV personality and as an entertainer he's garnering an excellent reputation as a live act who can sell tickets and put butts in the seat. So, what's next?

    Clay has told us that he's working on a new CD and he has said that they are aiming for a Spring 2008 release date. His last CD was filled with cover songs, apparently a mandate from Clive Davis. From what I understand, Clay fought hard to include four original songs on the CD and two songs available by download only, 'If You Don't Know Me By Now' and the incredibly plaintive, Aiken-penned 'Lover All Alone'.

    From some of Clay's remarks in his meet & greets during this last concert tour, it will be a CD of originals and, so far, he and RCA are on the same page.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Tidbits 9/24

CDD Blogwatch
  • Not much here either!

Excerpt From "Learning To Sing" on Dr. Phil's Website

An excerpt from Clay's book, "Learning To Sing, Hearing The Music In Your Life", is on Dr. Phil's website. The excerpt, which is from Chapter 5, Find Your Voice, in the book, is in the "Dr. Phil's Advise" section of the website and then in the "Parenting" information of this section.

Before the excerpt from the book, Dr. Phil says,

Clay Aiken got picked on and bullied as a kid, but found his gift, embraced it and changed the experience of his life. He shares his story on the show, and in his book, Learning to Sing.
A portion of Chapter 5, which is quoted on the website is as follows:
Those boys learned pretty quickly that I wasn't going to fight back and I wasn't going to tattle on them. The nicer I was, the bigger the target on my forehead. The high road left me defenseless. And the mockery only got worse.
"Four eyes."
I got it all. But the thing is, the more I took it, the less I cared. Being harassed became a part of my day, and I accepted it.

I know it sounds sad now, looking back, but at the time I wasn't analyzing it. I was just living my life. I think the bullying helped me figure out at an early age that stuff is going to happen to you that you wish wouldn't. People are going to treat you badly, and ultimately that is out of your control.

"Just let it roll off," my mom would say. And I did. Because even as a kid, I knew the other option wasn't for me. I was not going to hurt somebody else.
Clay was on Dr. Phil's show in April 2005 on a segment which talked about "Bullying".

Sunday, September 23, 2007

New Clay Aiken Christmas DVD? is listing a September 25 release for what may be a new Clay DVD. Little information is available for the disc, aside from its rather non-descriptive title "Clay Aiken Christmas". This new item has a different ASIN number from Clay's 2004 DVD, "A Clay Aiken Christmas".

With the holiday season around the corner, this may just be a release of the old 2004 DVD... but, as always, stay tuned to CDD for updates.

Clay Aiken Christmas
Starring: Clay Aiken
# Actors: Clay Aiken
# Format: NTSC
# Region: Unknown. Read more about region encoding and how it may affect you here.
# DVD Release Date: September 25, 2007
# ASIN: B000W1V4NY

Magical Holiday Tour 2007: Uncasville, CT Tickets On Sale October 27

Thanks to CDD visitor Patricia for letting us know that tickets to Clay's December 9 Christmas show at Uncasville, CT's Mohegan Sun Arena will go on sale October 27 at 10 AM EDT via Ticketmaster.

Tidbits 9/23

ClayAikenKids has a wonderful collections of Clay photo galleries at Google Picasa web albums... some good stuff to keep us entertained while we wait for some real news to develop!

  • Morris County Daily Record - big names set to take to the stage at Morristown Community Theatre -
    First-time and big-name headliners such as Minnelli, Michael Bolton (Nov. 6), Jerry Stiller (Nov. 29), Wynonna Judd (Dec. 6), Clay Aiken (Dec. 13), Wayne Newton (Jan. 24), Joshua Bell (March 1) and Anne Murray (Feb. 17) will take to the new stage this season, as well.
  • New York Blueprint - Clay to help reign in Neil Sedaka's 50th year in the music industry next month -
    On Friday, October 26, Neil Sedaka's "50 Years of Hits" at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall marks an exceptional evening of music with performances by the legend himself, Natalie Cole, Clay Aiken, The Bad Plus, Raul Midon and many others. A mainstay performer with the Oyhoo Festival, Neil Sedaka celebrates his career as one of the most revered Brill Building songwriters.
  • Daily Journal - airplane etiquette; Clay's infamous "plane incident" -
    But the mother refused and, it seems, things got even more unpleasant. The result: the captain of the Continental ExpressJet plane taxied back to the gate and booted Penland and her son off.

    The incident came only days after former "American Idol" finalist Clay Aiken fell asleep on a Continental flight, his foot landing on the armrest of the passenger in front of him. The singer claims he was awakened by a quick hit to the chest by the annoyed passenger, prompting an argument and a call to the FBI, though no charges were filed.
  • The News Item - Josh Gracin article ... "He eventually finished fourth in the competition, behind such stars as Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken, but there was no doubt that the music world was waiting for him."
  • Christmas tour mentions:
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