- Clay mentioned on the Today Show today during their segment about Idol. The CB's ClaysMyMidlifeCrisis recaps - "Hoda and Kathie Lee were discussing AI this morning and Hoda compared Clay and David A, something about both having great voices for Broadway, but I didn't catch it all. Maybe someone can cap it. "
- Entertainment Weekly - "On My Way Here" - week 2 sales: 21,000 -
Among other second-week slides, Clay Aiken fell to No. 18, selling 21,000, a 78 percent drop, and Gavin DeGraw was down to No. 15 with 21,000, a decline of 67 percent.
- Idol mentions:
- Reality Wanted -
I LOVED when the two Davids sang together. It gave me goose bumps! Their voices blended beautifully. There are two other duets I’d like to see these two perform with former Idol contestants. How about David Archuleta with Clay Aiken? Now THAT would be heaven! And how about David Cook with Chris Daughtry? It would definitely be brilliant!
- Roanoke Times -
33.7 million: number of viewers who tuned in to the 2003 finale between Clay and Ruben
24 million: number of votes cast for Clay and Ruben
2004: The year Clay Aiken put out a Christmas CD
Wednesday night’s battle of the Davids may have been the most watched “American Idol” finale since the 2003 showdown between Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard.
And then something happens. David Cook wins. And I think about all those David Archuleta fans who at this moment must be feeling blindsided the same way ClayMates felt blindsided when Ruben took the gold that night in 2003. Like Clay, Little David held the popular vote and was considered the frontrunner most of the season … wasn’t he?
Not this night.
- AOL TMZ - "David Archuleta ... His one shining hope -- turning out like Clay Aiken. That's dim."
- Taunton Daily Gazette -
Former Idol finalists Clay Aiken, Phil Stacey and Josh Gracin have new albums and songs all over this week's Billboard charts, once again proving you don't have to win to make your dreams a reality.
Aiken's new CD, "On My Way Here," debuted at No. 4 on Billboard's Hot 200 album's chart. The new album is his fourth album release since his runner-up status to Ruben Studdard on Season 2.
- TMCnet -
By texting their votes this season, AT&T’s wireless customers helped crown Cook and made it possible for AT&T to capture a new text messaging milestone. The show, which has launched the careers of singers such as Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken and Carrie Underwood, will return for Season 8 in January.
- New York Daily News -
Clay Aiken also argues against winning the competition as an end-all-and-be-all. While the singer came in second in A.I.'s sophomore year, Aiken has sold millions more copies overall than that season's champ, Ruben Studdard.
- Los Angeles Times -
But the match-up between Cook and Archuleta evidently proved irresistible. In fact, the two-hour episode was the third most-watched "Idol" finale, after the 2006 showdown between Taylor Hicks and Katharine McPhee (36.4 million) and the 2003 face-off between Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken (38.1 million).
- Los Angeles Times, The Envelope -
A silver medal performance by David Archuleta does not mean that he won't be seeing gold records in his future. Like second-season runner-up Clay Aiken, this 17-year-old is a power ballad singer with a growing legion of fans.
- Express Milwaukee -
Archuleta's stardom starts and ends with televised competitions like "Idol." His adult-contemporary leanings make him a poor fit for pop radio, and within just a year or two, he'll be a smaller blip on the pop culture radar than Clay Aiken. There's a reason Votefortheworst.com rallied behind him.
- The Brazil Times -
What do these names have in common?
Justin Guarini, Nikki McKibbin, Tamyra Gray, Clay Aiken, Kimberley Locke, Josh Gracin, [...]
They have all been contestants on American Idol.
They have all released records.
- Starpulse -
For Little Archie, Davis chose Elton John's "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me," an "American Idol" favorite sung by many contestants like Clay Aiken. Personally, I think he knocked the socks off everyone in the audience. Even the judges were blown away by his stellar performance. Simon Cowell stated earlier for both to bring it - and to prove they both were in it to win it. And David A. definitely was.
- The Spectrum - David Archuleta ... ""At least he made it this far," she said. "Maybe he'll be like Clay Aiken.""
- Digital Spy -
This year's final between the two Davids is the first time two male contestants have competed for the American Idol prize since Ruben Studdard defeated Clay Aiken in 2003.
- TVNZ.co.nz - "The "Davids" duel is the first time two male contestants have competed for the "Idol" title since Ruben Studdard defeated Clay Aiken in the show's second season in 2003. "
- iF Magazine -
But no worries for you Archuleta fans out there, I sense that he will have a very Clay Aiken career with the fan following he’s got. I have no doubt he will release an album and time will tell if it is any good or just a handful of sappy, suicidal tunes.
- St. Louis Post Dispatch -
In this first man-to-man "American Idol" face-off since the David-and-Goliath dust-up of Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken in Season 2, the franchise is getting its best shot yet at a male superstar winner.
- SheKnows.com -
American Idol finale keeps improving
"American Idol" begins with a spectacle. Hundreds of thousands of hopefuls line stadiums dreaming of making it as the next Kelly Clarkson or Clay Aiken. As the field narrows over the months, it draws to a crescendo with the Final 12 through the finale.
- OC Register - "Looking at their futures in "Idol" terms, where Cook seems the next Chris Daughtry, Archuleta would seem likely to be the next Clay Aiken. "
- Los Angeles Daily News -
As for Archuleta, he's got every opportunity for big-time success with season two runner-up Clay Aiken the most obvious model for him to emulate.
We already know that winning isn't everything for an "Idol" finalist. In addition to Clay, Chris Daughtry finished fourth a few seasons back and went on to dominate the sales charts and be nominated for a Grammy.
- Business World -
The "Davids" duel is the first time two male contestants have competed for the Idol title since Ruben Studdard defeated Clay Aiken in the show’s second season in 2003.
- Deseret News - "Like Clay Aiken, runner-up for Season 2, Archuleta is every bit as popular as the winner and has nothing to be bummed about. In fact, this could actually work toward his advantage."
- Blogcritics -
My mistrust in this show runs deep, and it’s only been the rare gems throughout the years that have garnered some love in this mostly hate relationship. I still fondly recall Clay Aiken’s “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down on Me” and making Neil Sedaka cry with “Solitaire”, Bo Bice’s “In A Dream” [...]
- Santa Monica Mirror - "Even those who didn’t win but still found stardom, like Clay Aiken or Jennifer Hudson, seem to validate the Idol process."
- NDTV.com - May 21 in history -
In 2003, Christie Whitman resigned as Environmental Protection Agency administrator. The most devastating earthquake to hit Algeria in two decades killed at least 2,200 people. Ruben Studdard edged Clay Aiken to win the second ''American Idol'' competition on Fox.
- Penn Live - this day in history ... May 21 -
The final May 21 historical event listed is "In 2003, Ruben Studdard edged Clay Aiken to win the second American Idol competition." Come on, May 21! Is this all you've got? Granted, middle-aged female "Claymaniacs" across America went into mourning when the result was announced, but does this injustice rank historically with the Red Cross and the H-Bomb?
- MyFox Gulf Coast - Taylor Hicks heads to Broadway -
Hicks' "Grease" Debut
Hicks' "Grease" debut is June 6. He said he'll add a soulful flavor to the song "Beauty School Dropout." Several other Idol artists have performed on Broadway, including season 3 winner Fantasia and season 2 runner-up Clay Aiken.
- Philly.com - CD sales -
Toby Keith's double-disc collection "35 Biggest Hits" debuted at No. 2. Madonna's "Hard Candy" fell from the top slot to No. 3. "American Idol" star Clay Aiken debuted at No. 4 with "On My Way Here," with a total slightly less than "Hard Candy."
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