has been described by some as behaving like "a
church lady" and by others as being a man who knows how to make women
swoon by "making love to the camera" as he sings. Some feel that
he is innocence itself, and he has no idea of what what women feel
when he sings. Others argue that they are certain that he knows exactly
what he is doing and he does it to perfection. Then there are those
who know that he actually has both those characteristics and embodies the
perfect balance of those two characteristics as well as many others.
June of 2003, he appeared on the cover of the music industry's influential
'Rolling Stone' Magazine, an honor that only superstars have been invited
to experience in the past. The controversial cover left tongues wagging
and hearts throbbing, but those who had been captivated by Clay since they
saw his first audition didn't miss the fact that in the cover photo he
still wore his WWJD bracelet, that they knew he rarely took off his wrist
at that time in his life.
fans believed that behind the sensual photo was a deeply religious young
man, whose inner convictions would always remain steadfast, they flooded
internet message boards with excited speculation about the cover photo
of Clay and happily entertained each other with speculation about his various
Stone ' magazine had covertly made slightly nerdy,
golden- voiced, boy next door Clay Aiken sexy!
In subsequent interviews,
Clay has said that the cover shoot for Rolling Stone magazine required
8 hours of work and many changes of clothing. He says the photographer
asked him to put on the black shirt and to not button it all the way down.
He didn't know why, but before he knew it, they had turned on a fan and
there was the photo they ended up using on the cover, when in fact they
only took about 2 photos of him in that shirt. "I don't know why
people get so excited about that picture." he says incredulously, "It's