In between is the
handsome boy next door, the earnest children’s advocate, the thudworthy
sex symbol and a million other persona.
The arc of Clay Aiken
ranges from goofy to gorgeous. I love every degree of that range.
Like many of you, I
felt an instant affinity for Clay the first time I saw him. It was obvious
right away that he possesses a great talent, and in a very short time,
through those pre-performance clips and the honesty and humility of his
reactions to both praise and criticism, he revealed a great soul.
It was his giggling
laugh that first reached all the way into my heart. "Goofy boy", I would
say to myself, but I couldn’t stop smiling. Kind of a crush, I guess.
But why Clay Aiken?
There are a lot of
very good looking men in the entertainment industry. I have worked with
many of them over the past fifteen years. Some of them are also good people,
while others are so ugly in spirit that I learned long ago, in art as well
as life, to look for substance over style.