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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Clay Sighting at Raleigh Mall

According to nc rocks from Finding Clay Aiken, she was shopping with a friend in Raleigh when Clay came into the store. Here is her story about seeing Clay: PART 1

I came out of the woodwork to share with you a Clay spotting on Thursday. He was shopping at the Street of Southpoint Mall in Durham. There was a young black woman with him and no kids. He was carrying a small bag from Strasburg Children's store when he walked into The Apple Store. He looked around for a few minutes before taking off his sunglasses. He was in there for a while but did not buy anything. Now the important part..... He has changed his hair color again. His hair appeared to be more of a darker blonde shade with some light brown lowlights. It is not as blonde as the end of Spamalot and I didnt see any red tint at all. He appeared to be having a good day with a friend. Now, I'm going back to lurking and stalking.
I was in the store with a friend of mine. She is on her 3rd I -phone and is still having problems. I was checking out the door and planning my escape from the store when he came in. I was excited but no one else seemed to care. The worker helping my friend said he comes in every now and then. He had on tan long shorts. His shirt was a button down but It was not long sleeves. He had on slip on tennis shoes that looked like the old converse but updated and they didnt have laces. I was trying hard not to let on that I was watching him.
My friend was making fun of me because I was so excited and she said she would never let me live it down because I went to see Spamalot. I just wanted to share with someone who could get as excited as I was yesterday.
No word on who he was with, what he was buying, or how long his hair is.

Clay Is Not The Only Cast Member Returning to Spamalot

While we are obviously extremely excited about Clay returning to Spamalot as Sir Robin, it should also make us and Clay very happy to know that some of Clay's fellow Spamalot cast members will be there as well. Talk about a wonderful reunion for them all!!

Previous cast members who will be performing in Spamalot (according to Telecharge's Spamalot ticket website) when Clay returns on September 19 are:

David Hibbard as Patsy (begins 9/16)

Already a part of the show and continuing their roll are:

Tom Deckman as Not Yet Dead Fred,
the Historian, and Prince Herbert

Rick Holmes as Sir Lancelot

Bradley Dean as Sir Dennis

Others who will be in the cast are:

Michael Siberry as King Arthur on 9/16
(according to

Merle Dandridge as Lady of the Lake on 9/02
(According to

And, of course, our own Clay Aiken will join the cast on September 19.

Hail, hail, the gang's all here!! So make sure, Clay fans, that if possible, you are a part of that gang as well! Come cheer for Clay and the cast that we've grown to love!

Nice Article In Raleigh Telegram About Clay on "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader"

If you're like me, I couldn't wait to watch Clay on "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader" once again. Even though its been less than a year since he was on, it was almost like watching it for the first time for me. But maybe some people watching it didn't realize that this was a repeat and that Clay was just now winning the $300,000 for The Bubel Aiken Foundation. I can understand that happeneing. And that's how it appears to be in today's article in The Raleigh Telegram. Its a really great article about Clay winning $300,000 on "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader". And oh well, I'll take great articles even if they are almost a year late!!

Here is an exerpt from that article. You can click right here, The Raleigh Telegram, to go to their site and read all of this wonderful article.

Raleigh's Clay Aiken Wins Big On Game Show

By Elliott West, Raleigh Telegram 30.AUG.08
RALEIGH - Well known singer Clay Aiken of Raleigh appeared on a national game show, winning $300,000 for his charity, the Bubel-Aiken Foundation on Friday night.

The special celebrity edition of the "Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader" game show, hosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy, aired on the Fox network on Friday night, August 29th.....

.....Aiken did very well on the show and progressed easily through the topics, as he won more money for his charity to help children as he went further.

As an example of some of the questions he answered correctly, Aiken knew that Charles Dickens wrote "A Christmas Carol", that Rome is the capital of Italy, the Oriole is the state bird of Maryland, and correctly did a math question involving pies being divided into pieces.

The crowd seemed to be fully behind Aiken, as he joked with Foxworthy along the way.....

.....Foxworthy praised Aiken for his charity work at the end of the show.

"You are a quality human being and a man of character," said Foxworthy.

"I may not be smarter than a fifth grader, but I know when to take the money and run," joked Aiken.
Because of this great win by Clay, The Bubel Aiken Foundation was able to fund 30 additional camps this summer for children with and without disabilities to attend together. And that's worth a repeat performance any day!!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Spamalot - A Picture Says A Thousand Words

Ahhhh, just thinking about Spamalot makes me chuckle. Guard 1 and the coconut, Not dead Fred, Sir Robin's Russian bottle dance, Guard 1 braiding ribbons as he tries to figure out just how is he supposed to guard Herbert. And on and on it goes. But I'll stop there and let these pictures do the talking. These should get you excited about going to see Spamalot again!

Spamalot Newsletter Gives Clay Fans The Good News!

CDD has already shown you two announcements about Clay's return to Spamalot as Sir Robin. Now, thanks to Buckeyedbroad from The Clayboard, we can share the Spamalot newsletter's announcement about Clay's encore performance from September 19 through January 4. Here is what the newsletter has to say:

No Fakin', Aiken's Back in Town

Brace yourselves, Claymates! The wig masters at the Shubert are fluffing those glorious red tresses in preparation for Clay Aiken's sure-to-be-triumphant return as Sir Robin on September 19. And it's a good thing too, as the crooner has quipped that life post-SPAMALOT has been seemingly devoid of meaning. Tasteless food and hue-free grass. Have no fear, Clay. Only a few more weeks until the skies turn blue again!
What a great article about Clay's return!

If I am able to find out how to get on the Spamalot Newsletter's Email list, I'll pass the news along to you!

Monday, August 25, 2008

The Road from Here ... the Future of CDD

Good evening Clay's Daily Double readers.

Jan and I have been incredibly privileged to have devoted readers like yourself visiting our blog each and every day. We're truly flattered by your support and encouragement. Over the next few weeks, there will be some important changes at Clay's Daily Double. Effective September 1, I will be turning over control of Clay's Daily Double to Jan. The 5 years I have spent at CDD have been so incredible that no words really suffice in describing my experience. From the moment MOAM landed to the excitement of seeing Clay release OMWH and return to Broadway, we've seen it all at CDD.

However, like all good things, change abounds and I have to step away from CDD to pursue more important life goals - my post-secondary education.

This has been a difficult decision to make, but I know that I leave CDD in good hands - Jan is one of the most passionate Clay Aiken fans I know, and I have been blessed to have worked with her the past 2 and a half years.

Jan will be taking CDD on a short haitus and will return in later September. This will allow her to learn the ropes of administrating a blog... a role I know she will master in no time!

To the Clay nation: THANK YOU for everything you have given me, and while I leave CDD, Clay Aiken will have a place in my heart "always & forever". Feel free to drop me a line at I'll try to check my email as often as I can.

Clay's Daily Double

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