Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Continuing on the assumption that people actually read this blog...

There is no way Ruben deserved the bottom two tonight. While I'm not a huge fan of his singing, Josh should have been the one to go. And I think Josh is a sweetheart. But Ruben didn't deserve to be there. All of the worried looks he's had on his face every night lately have been justified. And it's ridiculous.

Clay, of course, is clearly the best. But it was sad that we were forced to sacrifice Trenyce (whom I like much better than Kim L.) in order to keep Josh. Even he was stupefied by the results. I think he realizes that he doesn't deserve to be there still, and he just wants it all to be over. He's sick of the competition, and I don't blame him.

I'm vastly annoyed that Trenyce was voted off tonight. It's sad that people are just getting irritated with Josh now. He's turning into another Carmen.

The less-than-intelligents of America have spoken...

Yet another great article about the whole "Clay vs. Ruben" controversy at ElitesTV.com.
MP3s of Clay's performances are available at the Claymate Mansion.

Videos of his performances for Windows Media Player can be found at ClaytonAiken.com

Enjoy! I know I do. ;)

An insightful and beautifully-written post about Clay from the Claymates Yahoo! Group:

In his performance of "Solitaire" last night, Clay rose to a level which we had
not yet seen on American Idol. He didn't just sing a song well. He sang from
his soul and put all the pain and heartache of the songwriter into his voice and
his eyes, and we felt it, we experienced it as our own because Clay brought
us totally into it. He has the gift of the poets, the bards of years gone by who
would take the emotions and experiences of the tribe and put them into words
and song and then relate them back to the tribe so that they could all be
unified in that experience. As the audience, we experienced the catharsis, the
release of emotion that Aristotle said was the most important element of
ancient Greek drama. Clay taps into that spirit -- he has the ability to make us
feel what he is feeling, he takes us with him, and we go willingly and weep
when it is over. Clay is more than a singer or a performer. He is a poet. And
we are in love with him.

It's a wonderful feeling! :-)

Liz
Claymate #389

Read an excellent review of last night's performances at the Reality News Online website.

I can't wait for tonight...and another victory for Clay. :)

Tuesday, April 29, 2003

Tonight, Neil Sedaka was the guest judge on American Idol 2. The man was brilliant.

After Clay's first performance ("Build Me Up, Buttercup"), he said that Clay "sing[s] like Andre Agassi plays tennis" and that he would "kill to write and produce [Clay Aiken's] first CD."

After Clay's second performance ("Solitaire"), he, looking to be on the verge of tears, said that he had "lost that song to [Clay] tonight...from now on it will be a Clay Aiken song."

High praise from one of the most successful songwriters in history.

I would just like to state, for the record, that if I hear the phrase "from geek to chic" one more time in relation to anything, I am going to start assaulting people. Consider yourself warned.

Monday, April 28, 2003

I've heard many people say that the fact that Ruben and Clay are so far ahead of the rest of the competition in AI2 is proof that America's youth are tired of bubble gum pop, which reqires only a pint of makeup, an inch of clothing, and the ability to roughly carry a tune in order to be successful.

However, the truth of the matter is that middle-aged women are more of a force to be reckoned with than Simon Fuller could ever have imagined.

Other proof of this phenomenon? Josh Groban.

Sunday, April 27, 2003

And another amusing Clay-related quote:

"There are lines for people with tickets, lines for people buying
overpriced T-shirts, lines for people with different special tickets
of different special colors. In every line there's somebody
whispering about their connections, about the person they know on the
inside, the PA or camera assistant or page with the power to get them
that extra bit closer to seeing or touching Ryan Seacrest or Clay Aiken or Kimberley Locke or Clay Aiken or Ruben Studdard or Clay Aiken."


The full article appears here.

Clay does an amazing version of "Unchained Melody".

Also, someone sent me this quote, which I found highly hilarious:

"I think women like stuffed animals because we are naturally drawn to
cute, innocent, wide-eyed furry things - like kittens and bunnies and
Clay Aiken." - Nat Lauzon


Oh well, for now, this silly little blog is just going to be all about Clay. That's appropriate, since that's apparently all I am capable of thinking about.

Although, I actually am making good progress through Saddam: King of Terror by Con Coughlin. I'm trying to educate myself. Isn't that admirable?

On a somewhat different note, and one of intense stupidity, I have finally managed to set this blog to my correct time zone.

Saturday, April 26, 2003

A comprehensive list of my boys follows:

1. Josh Groban

2. Michael Buble

3. Clay Aiken

These are people that I love dearly. LOVE!! Now, there are a few others such as David Foster, Paul Spaeth, Zach Provost, etc. But they're not my boys. They're just some of my favorites. Now, don't insult my boys or my favorites, or I'll simply have to call you names. This is fair warning.

Augh! This is turning into a page of solid American Idol 2 links! Oh well. Take a look at this article about the American Idol contract: "Slaves of Celebrity". Credible? Or propaganda created by someone who doesn't want the likely winners to win? Who knows.
I woke up this morning to something highly amusing. Finally someone else who thinks Carmen sounds like a sheep. Fantastic!

Friday, April 25, 2003

And looky here! I found this the other night, but I just re-found it and I must share it with you. The part about Clay is great! ETOnline Article.

"...velvet-voiced elf Clay Aiken..." :) What a lovely description! :)

See? I just keep feeling the need to direct you to marvellous Clay things! :) They now have online clips of the new American Idol 2 CD. You can listen to them here at the Wal-Mart website. Clay sings "On the Wings of Love" and it's beautiful! Wow...I can't wait for the album! ;)

And by the way, I've discovered today that, given a computer with Windows Media Player, I can make any female fall madly in love with Clay Aiken within 10 minutes..guaranteed. If you care to challenge me, email me at kelly5_@hotmail.com.

Thursday, April 24, 2003

Late night quick email check. And it revealed... An excellent article about Clay Aiken. It's beautifully insightful...a work of art! I highly recommend it.
I have acquired new possessions:

1) A Kleenex box cover made to look like a John Deere couch.

2) A Baby Ruth Hotwheels car.

3) Several cards designed by artist Christine Villeneuve, who refuses to take her business online, or I would provide you with a link.

Just felt you all needed to know that I am given bizarre things at my father's house.

I've decided something else today. From now on, I will support one charity per fixation. For Josh Groban, it's the David Foster Foundation. For Michael Bublé, I have nothing yet. And for Clay Aiken, it's the A.E. Finley YMCA. Oh, please, let Michael never support a charity, or I may be broke at all times!
I have come to a conclusion. The real reason that reality TV is so popular is because everybody wants to have an opinion. It doesn't matter what it's about. They want to have an opinion and talk about it. If they hear other people talking about something that they know nothing about, they immediately inform themselves (to some degree, at least) so that they can form an opinion of some kind. That's why the world revolves around reality TV. Desperation for an opinion. Any opinion.

Wednesday, April 23, 2003

Well, thank heavens. Finally, America gains some sense and kicks bleating Carmen off. Though, in all reality, I'm not that unfeeling. Really, I thought it was a little sad when she left. I mean, she never really had a chance, and most everyone knew it. Still, they must have all gotten to be pretty good friends over the course of the show so far, and it must have been hard for them to see her go.

But wait! Stop! I'm revealing the female, emotional side of me! Blech! Enough of THAT!

Clay was adorable. His wink was the cutest thing. He just sat there, looking cute, stealing hearts and breaking them! :D He looks like a pixie. A male pixie, don't get me wrong. :)

From now on, it's going to get harder and harder to kick people off... But I'll be rooting for Clay all the way! :D And yes, that was pitiful and horribly fanlike, but I can't help it. That's what I am! No longer can I deny my nature! Obviously, my female emotions win through.

If you read this and you want to vote for Clay, go to the USAToday AI2 Poll.

And now I'm going to post my American Idol 2 opinions from last night that I just slaved over to post on the Josh Groban board. Actually, since it was rambling, it was pretty easy for me:

Carmen was terrible. She sounded, as usual, like a sheep on uppers.

Clay was great! I don't think it was his BEST performance, but I really think he did well. I love that song, and the more I listen to it, the more I like it! And he looked AMAZING! Flashbacks to Josh's Oprah outfit. LOL (Yeah, I know it's not the same, but leather...mmmm...) I don't think he ever would actually do Broadway, if it came right down to it. I think if he doesn't win and doesn't get a deal regardless, he'll probably go back to his special needs kids. Plus, I think Simon's just WRONG about that. Sure, Clay would be great on Broadway, but I think his voice works really well for pop too. It sounds good to ME, and I think that's what counts. Plus, Clay, hands down, has the cutest personality of them all. He went through four distinct facial expressions when they displayed the voting number: 1) Goofy 2) Serious 3) Sexy 4) Pleading It was TOO CUTE!!

Ruben was alright. I'm not a huge fan of his, but he did fairly well, and he'll probably be hanging on for a long while yet.

Kim Locke I think was not good at all. Maybe I'm comparing her too much to Celine, but it didn't do a thing for me.

Trenyce was actually really good, I thought. She did a nice job with the song, and she wasn't really off-key or anything. I'm not a fan of her personality, but I think she sang well.

Josh was not good. Seems like if he's been singing that song for so long, he should have done better. Who knows. But it didn't work for him. He needs to stick to country.

Did anyone else think that Diane Warren was useless? And Simon's comment at his surprise that she could write such beautiful lyrics was HILARIOUS.

Simon was pretty harsh. But I love him still. I think he knows more about backlash vote than anyone gives him credit for, and could be trying to HELP Clay with his criticism. Just a theory.

Randy was, once again, unpredictable in a boring sort of way.

Paula was her usual self, whatever that means.

And Ryan was as adorable as ever. I love him! Somehow, he manages to be funny and yet NOT funny, all at once. LOL! And I love his hair, too. :)

Well, that's that. If you want to see something terribly amusing in general (and relating to reality TV, including American Idol 2), go to ShortArmGuy.com.

Tuesday, April 22, 2003

Well, I have finally given into pop culture completely with the creation of this blog. I try to resist, really I do, thinking that perhaps I have matured beyond its reaches. But then dear little Clayton Aiken, the cute little white Southern Baptist boy from Raleigh, North Carolina, walks onto American Idol and into my heart, making me once again a screaming, swooning little girl. Will it ever end? I thought perhaps I could draw the line at Clay, but then I started thinking, "What about a blog?" That was my true downfall.

So, here we are. We've only just begun. To live. No white lace and promises here, though. Or, sadly, kisses of any kind. Oh well...all's well that ends well, and I haven't ended yet! In fact, I've only just begun. To go in circles. Or did I begin long ago? Ponder THAT!