Clay Aiken

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Birthday: Nov 30, 1978
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As the runner-up to Fox TV's second American Idol: The Search for a Superstar competition, vocalist Clay Aiken wowed television audiences in 2003 with his Southern charm, sweet demeanor, and bright, glorious voice, and became a pop star. Originally, Aiken planned to try out for the reality TV series The Amazing Race, but went ahead and auditioned for the talent contest to please an encouraging friend. Out of 7,000 hopefuls, the Charlotte, NC, native won the hearts of the judges as well as millions of fans across the globe. Born November 30, 1978, Aiken was singing at an early age. Unlike most young kids, Aiken was confident and ready to impress a crowd. He was already singing the Dolly Parton/Kenny Rogers classic "Islands in the Stream" at a local high school dance by age five. Two year later, he was buying albums through a mail-order catalog, eager to get his hands on any kind of music. Aiken's vocal talent was blossoming, and by the time he reached his teenage years, he was a regular member of the Raleigh Boychoir. Countless roles in various musicals, (The Music Man, Oklahoma!), stage plays, and playhouse shows allowed Aiken to hone his gift. When it came time to go to college, music wasn't Aiken's calling per se. He studied special education instead and had dreams of attending William & Mary for a master's degree in administration. Before he could further his education, Aiken ended up wooing 21 million television viewers each week from February to May with his sensational singing voice. His rendition of Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Waters" sewed him a spot among America's hearts. Although he finished second to Ruben Studdard, Aiken's loss was not taken lightly. He landed a deal with RCA through Simon Fuller's 19 Recordings Limited within weeks of the show's finale. That same month, Aiken's debut single, "This Is the Night," made history by going number one on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. It sold more than 392,000 copies during its first week, beating Elton John's record for "Candle in the Wind 1997." In October 2003, Aiken issued his studio full-length, The Measure of a Man. Once again, the little guy with the big voice made a big splash. The Measure of a Man sold 613,000 copies and went to number one on Billboard's Top 200 during its first week of release. His first holiday effort, Merry Christmas with Love, followed in November 2004. The album debuted at number one on Billboard's Top Holiday Albums chart, giving Merry Christmas with Love the biggest debut week sales figures for a Christmas album in SoundScan history. Aiken released A Thousand Different Ways in September 2006. ~ Mackenzie Wilson, Rovi

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Disneymania 3 In Concert Actor 2005

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest Performer
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
41% Chelsea
2016-2017
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
Guest
  • 2015
89% The Office
2005-2013
  • 2013
72% American Idol
2002-2016
Performer Appearing Reality cast member
  • 2013
  • 2006
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
Reality-Show Judge
  • 2013
  • 1999
No Score Yet The Apprentice
2004-2017
Reality cast member
  • 2012
No Score Yet Face the Nation
1954-2018
Guest
  • 2012
  • 2011
72% Drop Dead Diva
2009-2014
  • 2011
No Score Yet Chelsea Lately
2007-2014
Guest
  • 2010
81% 30 Rock
2006-2013
  • 2009
No Score Yet America's Next Top Model
2003-2018
Appearing
  • 2009
84% Scrubs
2001-2010
Kenny
  • 2005
No Score Yet Ed
2000-2004
Himself
  • 2004
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Guest Performer
  • 2004
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Performer
  • 2004
No Score Yet The Apprentice (UK)
2005
Reality cast member

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