Clay made it to the top 12 on 'American
Idol 2' in 2003,
he worked on his style with the professional hair stylists and fashion
experts whom FOX made available to him. They used their expertise
to gradually give him a more updated and stylish appearance. With each
Tuesday night show of American Idol, the country watched his transformation.
The rest is history, as each week his voice wowed the judges and gave America
collective chills! Along with the glorious voice, America was
amazed to see Clay evolving from nerd to heartthrob, as his red hair was
cut, colored and re-styled to disguise his prominent ears, his glasses
were replaced with contact lenses, his freckles were hidden, his
teeth were whitened and his clothing became trendier.