Thursday, February 11, 2010

Aiken-Kimmel a Valentine Tradition

VALENTINES OF NOTE - Previous Clay Aiken-Jimmy Kimmel Valentine Night shows have become rewind favorites among the singer's fans. His second mainstram album, A Thousand Different Ways, is the perfect accompaniment for this weekend. - Graphic by A Beautiful Mind, photos by Scrpkym.

Team Clay Delivers 2010 Valentine

Aiken-Kimmel in Classic Rewind

February 14 traditions centuries old continue throughout the world this weekend, but none closer to the hearts of Clay Aiken fans than the Valentine Nights the singer appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel Live Show.

In the host's words, "Valentine's Day is Clay Aiken Day." Clay and Jimmy celebrated Valentine's 2005 together, and the CA fandom literally took charge of the stage decor, sending flowers, stuffed animals, balloons in the shape of hearts, and enough pizza for the crew and half the audience.

At the heart of the "Climmel" happenings is a special friendship, complimented by a unique chemistry that has developed through the years. In 2008, Clay was performing in Spamalot on Broadway; and in 2009, he was on vacation. With Singer Man putting final touches on an upcoming PBS Special, this Valentine's Day isnt looking very promising.

NEWS BULLETIN: Fan club members, check your inbox! You probably have an email from Team Clay RE the March 12 "Classic Memories" PBS Special that starts like this:


We're happy to be able to put an end to the suspense and the waiting by finally letting you know about the exciting "mystery" event happening on March 12!

After a long wait for all of you, Clay will be "unveiling" the material from his forthcoming album, "Tried & True" in a live concert in his hometown at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium!

This one night only special event will be a full production filmed for national television so seating is exclusive and limited.


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Clay Aiken's Raleigh Concert in March

Fan club members will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets in a pre-sale from 12 noon EST Tuesday, Feb. 16, through 10 p.m. Feb. 18. Instructions for the pre-sale code are in the email. Tickets will be open to the general pubic at 12 noon Friday, Feb. 19.

Meanwhile, see Clay's "Non-Scientific Survey" thread in The Man Forum at the OFC to assist with pre-sale ticket count.

If you have HBO, a Bill Maher Special taped this weekend in Memorial Hall of Raleigh's Progress Energy Center, will be televised several times Feb. 13-16.

The Aiken-Kimmel reunion on Feb. 14, 2007, was a classic and worthy of a rewind, which will easily fill this season's Valentine vacuum. Grab your popcorn; it's almost time for Clay's introduction ...

In addition to being a multi-platinum recording artist, the author of a New York Times bestseller, and tireless UNICEF ambassador, our first guest has been my Valentine for two out of the last three years running. Please welcome Clay Aiken!

Clay Arrives Bearing Gifts

As with past appearances, pandemonium greeted Clay as he entered bearing gifts -- a giant heart of red balloons, the Clay face shirt for his host, and special "Aiken 4 Kimmel" M&Ms. Jimmy immediately whipped off his jacket and put on his new shirt.

The two friends chatted about Clay's break, his upcoming UNICEF trip, his "enthusiastic" fans" ("Do you realize you command a larger army than Fidel Castro?"), some recent dental work ("I heard that you got a visit from the tooth fairy yesterday and had some work done on your teeth"), and what not.

Jimmy's hint that Clay had promised to compose a special Valentine's Day song was met with comical and toally convincing bafflement. As a pianist quietly started playing an intro offstage, Clay relented, "Well, I can make one up."

Valentine Song Lyrics

Mischievously eying the bowl of candy beside him, Clay began picking up pastel-colored hearts, improvising a song with the Valentines and tossing them over his shoulder after their usefulness. Miraculously, a microphone appeared; and the improvisational flavor of the song and skit progressed:
Love me ... true love,
Fax me ... got love,
You're so sweet ... yours forever,
You're so sweet ...
I've got Stage 2 diabetes; that's not going to work!
(singing again) Angel ... dear one. (chuckles)
You're a tiger ... you're mine, Jimmy!!!

Back on the message boards came reports that, during commercial breaks, Clay picked up the bowl of candy and passed out sweets to audience members. Definitly a Valentine's Night to remember ... again and again!

Yollie950 incorporated these events into her montage Valentine's Day with Aiken & Bacon.

Valentine's Day with Aiken & Bacon
Montage by Yollie950

Throughout the seven Valentines fans have shared with Clay, graphic artists have provided special visual treats. In this artistic 2/14 rewind are clickable designs by Sally, 1; A Beautiful Mind, photos by KarenEh, 2; cindilu2, 3; AmazingCA, photos by Katy4Clay, 4; and A Beautiful Mind, 5.

The most recent Aiken-Kimmel Valentine get-together was featured in the annual My Favorite Things montage by SmartyPantsSuz.

Other events highlighted in the 2007 MFT montage were the Mike and Juliet Show, Clay's UNICEF trip to Afghanistan, another JKL appearance, summer and holiday tours, and his $300,000 win for the National Inclusion Project on Smarter Than a Fifth Grader.

My Favorite Things 2007 by SmartyPantsSuz
JKL grid links to MFT montage on YouTube.

Below is a clickable of A Beautiful Mind's opening graphic:

Have a very special Valentine's Weekend, Clay Nation!



cyndy said...

I would love to see Clay and Jimmie together again really "soon". They are such fun to watch when they are together.

zanyforclay said...

I, too, was wishing for a Climmel reunion, but seems like it isn't meant to be this year. Thanks for the video memories and maybe we'll seem them together again next year!

Sandy said...

How I miss Clay appearing on the Jimmy Kimmel show, especially on Valentines! They have such a real chemistry between them and Clay always looked like he was so relaxed and having fun! Which is what a good host should make his guest feel like...unlike a few others that we know!!!
Such beautiful pictures in this blog! I will give a big shout out and thank you to all the graphic artist/montage makers who do such a wonderful job!

One more sleep till "The games begin". I love the Olympics. I was wondering if Clay will take in some of the excitement seeing as how Jaymes has a home there!

Have a wonderful weekend!


ImGranny said...

Clay Aiken and Jimmy Kimmel are a hoot together. Hopefully Clay will appear on Jimmy's show when the album comes out.

Anonymous said...

Just want Clay in the light already!! He has been away too long and will be exciting to get new music and whatever he has in store for sure!! Nice pics and nice blog...we are ready Clay Aiken!!!!Bring it!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I loved watching Clay on Kimmel. It's been a long time since that happened, and I sure hope we'll see it happen again some day. They were always so good together. Thanks for the memories. Lois


Hi Caro. Thanks for your lovely blogs.
You know that on days I did not have a good internet connection, whenever he could came to read.

CCOL4HIM said...

Great blog! Like I said on Claymania-the Valentine candy song is a classic Clay moment!Hopefully once Clay's album drops,he will be making a lot of tv appearances. Take care & God bless. Love always, Cynthia

MissSally said...

My favorite Klimmel moment was the "Candy Bowl Song". Our guy can sing anything!

Anonymous said...

Hi Caro, I wish I can be there in Raleigh to soak in the excitement and fun. A dream I had for so be able to see him in person. Hope my wish can come true this year. Climmel's valentine special should have been a yearly event but at least we get to watch the videos once again thanks to you Caro. Thanks for the wonderful graphics too.

Sally (bsrefong)

Anonymous said...

I loved the times when Clay was on Jimmy Kimmel's Show. They always had so much fun up there on the stage together. Let's hope that when Clay's cd comes out he can appear on Jimmy's show many more shows.

katy said...

Clay Aiken and Jimmy Kimmel make a good comedy team.

claysweetea said...

I would love to see a Clay and Kimmel Valentine show again!

PaulaBear said...

I miss the Clay Aiken/Jimmy Kimmel Valentine connection!!! But Clay is probably very busy with his upcoming concert special, so we may have to wait a bit longer. Maybe he'll show up to preview his TV special before it airs!!

SueReu said...

Hoping for a Clay Aiken & Jimmy Kimmel reunion!! Hopefully soon (or so)

Great blends, wonderful videos and GREAT news!!!!


Truth Rules said...

Not the way I expected to be notified about March 12 but it was a great way. Personalized it for each fan club member.

jbc4clay said...

I am crossing my fingers that Clay will be back on Kimmel while he is promoting his new CD. They are so great together!

musicfan said...

Happy Valentine's Day to all of you. I always will remember those fun visits with Kimmel on Valentine's Day. They really had fun together.

Caro.......your blogs are always a treat and filled with so much. Thank you for sharing with us.

Anonymous said...

Hi Caro,

Happy Valentine's Day to you, and Thank You for this gift to all of us. Wouldn't it be wonderful to see Clay and Jimmy Kimmel together again on Valentine's Day? Or any day for that matter.

Thanks to ALL the graphic and montage artists......a Wonderful Valentine's treat for all of us and great memories.


cathie - fb ClayNation group - a.k.a. scootieboots said...

happy valentines, caro! thank you for another wonderful blog and for posting at the fb ClayNation group! you're a fantastic writer and i enjoy each and every one of your blogs. i'm crazy for the pictures and montages, too! i'm going to borrow a few pictures today for the group wall. loved your pictures of kai, too! are you going to raleigh?

kallie said...

Valentine tradition = Clay Aiken on Jimmy Kimmel.

katy said...

Anxiously waiting for Clay Aiken, Tried & True. It will be a treat.