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Is This the Cast of 'Celebrity Apprentice' Season 5?

by Crystal Bell, posted Oct 13th 2011 6:30PM
Things are about to get nasty in Donald Trump's boardroom.

The casting rumors for Season 5 of 'Celebrity Apprentice' have been flying fast and furious! Earlier this week, People reported that 80s singing sensation Debbie Gibson and 'American Idol' alum Clay Aiken have been confirmed as contestants.

Three-time Sports-Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover girl Cheryl Tiegs is also reportedly joining the Season 5 cast alongside race car driver Marco Andretti.

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Teresa Giudice, Debbie Gibson and Clay Aiken Sign on for 'Celebrity Apprentice'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 13th 2011 8:45AM
Donald TrumpThe casting rumor mill's been working overtime as production gets underway on 'Celebrity Apprentice' Season 5, and now it looks like Donald Trump will have some really feisty characters on his hands.

'People' reports that '80s warbler and star of such awesome TV movies as 'Mega Python vs. Gatoroid' Debbie Deborah Gibson and 'American Idol' vet Clay Aiken have been confirmed as contestants.

They'll be sitting in the boardroom alongside previously announced contestants Cheryl Tiegs and Marco Andretti. And that's not all: 'Real Housewives' star Teresa "Table Flipper" Giudice and writer Victoria Gotti are also said to have joined the cast.

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Clay Aiken Takes the Stand in a Mail-Order Bride Scam on 'Drop Dead Diva' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 25th 2011 3:10PM
Clay Aiken guest stars on 'Drop Dead Diva'Former 'American Idol' finalist Clay Aiken got to try out his acting chops Sunday on 'Drop Dead Diva' (Sundays, 9PM on Lifetime), playing a witness in a case of a mail-order-bride scam. Aiken played Tyler, the former husband of Irina, the mail-order bride in question. Grayson and Kim were representing Hank the Bailiff, who once had a crush on Jane and was dumped by Irina.

Grayson and Kim were suspicious when they interviewed Tyler, finding out that he left Irina on good terms. She didn't max out his credit cards and returned the engagement ring. "I felt terrible, but after a couple of months I just realized she wasn't right for me," said Tyler.

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'Drop Dead Diva' Guest Star Clay Aiken On His Role & Not Watching 'American Idol'

by Michael Maloney, posted Jul 23rd 2011 2:45PM
Clay Aiken on Drop Dead Diva 'Law & Order: SVU' isn't the only show to make plots out of real-life headlines.

On this Sunday's 'Drop Dead Diva' (July 24, 9PM ET on Lifetime), Jane (Brooke Elliott) represents a teenage lesbian couple after the two are denied the right to attend their high school prom. The show's writers were inspired by the true story of Constance McMillen, a lesbian teen who successfully sued her Mississippi high school for the right to bring her girlfriend to prom.

In a concurrent storyline, guest star Clay Aiken plays a man who was jilted by his Russian mail-order bride.

But the 'American Idol' alum isn't the only openly gay guest star in this episode, titled 'Prom.' Wanda Sykes, Lance Bass and Amanda Bearse ('Married With Children') also play roles, as does McMillen in a cameo as a bailiff.

Aiken, who's kept a low profile this year, explains to AOL TV why he took this role, what he hopes the show's message will accomplish and, surprisingly, which highly-rated reality competition TV program is not on his DVR.

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Clay Aiken's Son Won't Let Him Sing in the House (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 18th 2011 6:45PM
Clay Aiken says his son doesn't like ot hear him sing on 'The Talk'Enough people liked Clay Aiken's singing in 2003 to make him the runner up on 'American Idol.' If his son Parker had been born then, it sounds like he would have voted for Ruben Studdard. Aiken said Monday on 'The Talk' (weekdays, Syndicated on CBS) that Parker, who turns three in August, doesn't like it when his dad sings around the house. And it kind of hurts his feelings.

"If I sing in the house he gets upset and tells me to be quiet," said Aiken. "Or if I sing along with the TV, 'Don't sing.'" The odd part is, when they get into the car, Parker loves to hear his dad's CD. "Which is so much more miserable for me," said Aiken. "I would rather sing than have to hear myself. I don't want to listen to myself. But he's very insistent, so I listen to myself a lot more in the car than I care to."

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Idol News Beat: Fantasia Gets a Movie, Sanjaya Gets a Musical and Adam Gets a Grammy(?!)

by Hilary Rothing, posted Feb 11th 2011 7:15PM
'American Idol' may not always make lasting superstars, but at least the show is good for boosting the album sales of its judges panel...or least one of them.

According to Nielsen Soundscan, Steven Tyler's Aerosmith has seen an incredible 250% increase in sales of their "Greatest Hits" compilations. The 'Idol' effect was also felt in Aerosmith's singles catalog, with a 363% boost for power ballad and 'Idol' audition favorite, "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing," during the week ending Jan 30th. As for J.Lo's record sales, no news is...

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Clay Aiken May Be Latest 'American Idol' to Get Dropped From Record Label

by Hilary Rothing, posted Feb 3rd 2011 5:50PM
According to Perez Hilton, Clay Aiken might just be the latest member of an elite club of 'American Idol' winners and finalists to get dropped from their record label.

After the lackluster sales of his fifth album, "Tried and True," Aiken's label, Decca, has decided to end its relationship with the Season 2 runner-up, an insider told Hilton.

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'American Idol's' Victoria Huggins Has Clay Aiken's Vote

by Hilary Rothing, posted Jan 26th 2011 2:15PM
While 'American Idol' producers put the hype machine to work for 15-year-old New Orleans wunderkind Jacee Badeaux last week, one of 'Idol''s most successful alums, Clay Aiken, is throwing his support behind a different Southern hopeful, Victoria Huggins (not to be confused with Vanessa Hudgens).

Huggins, a fellow North Carolinian, impressed the judges and Aiken, who claims to have not watched the show that helped build his army of "Claymates," in several years.

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Clay Aiken: 'Some Kids are A**holes' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jul 13th 2010 12:30PM
According to Clay Aiken, it doesn't necessarily matter what kind of environment kids are raised in. Sometimes, kids behave badly just because they're "a**holes," he said on 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated). Questionable outlook on children? Probably. 100 percent funny? Absolutely.

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Clay Aiken Talks Friendship with 'Idol' Rival Ruben Studdard (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jun 9th 2010 5:04AM
Clay Aiken Talks Ruben Studdard FriendshipClaymates and Ruben Studdard fans unite! For the first time since their 'American Idol' debut in 2003, Clay Aiken and Ruben will tour together this summer, Clay told Chelsea Handler on 'Chelsea Lately' (weeknights, 11PM ET on E!).

"We're very, very, very different people -- besides the fact we look exactly alike," joked Clay.

But the respective pop and R&B singers have stayed friends ever since being finalists on season 2 of 'Idol' seven years ago. Though Clay was runner-up, it's good to see there are no hard feelings between the two.

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Anna Paquin Reveals Her Bisexuality in a Public Service Announcement (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 1st 2010 8:21PM
Anna Paquin Reveals Her Bisexuality on 'Inside Edition'Anna Paquin, star of 'True Blood,' has come out of the closet and announced that she is bisexual. 'Inside Edition' (weekdays, syndicated) has the scoop. The actress appeared in a public service announcement for the "Give a Damn Campaign," founded by Cyndi Lauper. "I'm bisexual," Paquin says in the ad. Paquin then speaks out against attacks on gay men and women in America: "One hate crime is committed approximately every hour of every day in this country."

Watch the video after the jump.

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'American Idol' - '1 of 10 Voted Off' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted Apr 1st 2010 1:36AM
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My favorite part about the very beginning of an 'American Idol' results show is guessing who's going to go home. According to our poll from last night's episode, most of you think that it's Didi Benami's turn to leave the stage. While I can definitely understand that rationale -- she has been murdered by the judges for the past few weeks, after all -- I disagree. Even though he did a good job last night, I kind of feel that Lee DeWyze should go home, if for no other reason than the fact that I completely forget he's on the show every week.

Before we get to the actual results, though, there's a lot of other stuff that we have to get through: namely a rally weird 'Clash of the Titans' product placement that opens the show, as well as a performance from 'Idol's' forgotten winner, Ruben Studdard. We learn a few interesting things during this performance: Ruben has lost a pretty substantial amount of weight, and he's going on tour this summer with his 'Idol' runner-up, Clay Aiken. So what do you guys think? Is this tour going to be a fun show, or just two guys trying to recapture the limelight?

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American Idols on Broadway - Who's Hit the Great White Way?

by AOL TV Staff, posted Feb 4th 2010 6:34PM
After nine inspiring, crazy, unpredictable seasons on the air, the only thing certain is that even an appearance on 'American Idol' can launch you toward off-the-charts success.

For a performer of any kind to make it to Broadway, though, you need more in your quiver than arrows pointing to image or personality. You need the solid, confident, cultivated talent that not only catapults a song across the footlights, but the chops to do it eight times a week. Acting ability, imagination, perseverance -- these are all key. The 'Idol' contestants and winners who have starred on the Great White Way know this. After all, if you've survived week after week, facing and conquering new musical challenges over and over, you're probably in good enough shape to make Broadway your home.

Quite a few 'Idol' favorites have come to the New York stage. Some stay for months, eating up the adoration of fans. Some are jazzed by the rigor of playing a role night after night. Some job in for a spell, then spearhead national tours, able to sing for the public wherever they live. However they do it, performing on Broadway is a mark of pride and distinction for nine 'Idol' favorites -- with the 10th set to arrive, we hope, later this year.<

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Susan Boyle's CD premiering on QVC

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 29th 2009 3:09PM
susan_boyle_singingOn November 24, British music sensation Susan Boyle's first CD will be released, and as I wrote before, it won't be filled with just show tunes. It's been getting a lot of buzz considering that Susan has not been going on television promoting the album... till now.

Susan will appear on QVC on November 4 to launch her debut album I Dreamed a Dream. If you tune in, you'll see Susan talking about the CD -- it doesn't sound like she'll be singing live -- but they'll spin some cuts and urge you to order.

If you do, there'll be a bonus DVD of rare footage that you'll get along with the eclectic batch of songs she's recorded. How eclectic? Rolling Stones' "Wild Horses," The Monkees' "Daydream Believer," Madonna's "You'll See" and, of course, from Les Miserables, "I Dreamed A Dream."

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Clay Aiken not a fan of Adam Lambert

by Bob Sassone, posted May 22nd 2009 12:27PM
Clay AikenI am not going to pay $29.95 a year to read the blog entries of Clay Aiken. So I'm glad that someone else does and can post the following quote from Aiken. Guess the American Idol runner-up isn't a fan of another runner-up, Adam Lambert.

I couldn't be happier with the way AI ended this year. I only turn the show on once a season and only to see what the set looks like. This year, I happened to turn it on during the minute that Adam Lambert was singing "Ring of Fire," and, at that moment, thought my ears would bleed. Contrived, awful, and slightly frightening! I wasn't really a fan and found myself surprised whenever folks told me that they liked him.

Gawker has more. Idol fans, discuss.

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