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Clay Aiken’s New Look: Oh Wow

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Clay Aiken‘s got a brand new look — but just for a role, of course. Here he is as Joseph in Joseph And the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. It’s definitely amazing.

He’ll be dreamcoating it up at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine. Don’t see this as a career dip for Aiken, as he’s psyched to be doing the show. As he told the Portland Press Herald (with a laugh),

I like this role because it doesn’t make me dance.

This is a show that I have known for years. I grew up as a teenager listening to this music. I remember listening to it on a CD Walkman, so there’s a little history for me with it.

Well shoot me,  a CD Walkman player is history now? Fffffffffuuuuuuu. He’s right. My kids are going to look at CDs and be amazed that at one point you had a tangible thing to put your music on that you could hold in your hands. Just kidding, I’m not having kids.

In April, Aiken’s stalker was arrested, so there’s definitely going to be at least one person who won’t be able to make it. What a shame.

Clay Aiken’s Stalker Arrested And Charged

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I know what you’re thinking: Clay Aiken has a stalker? How is that a thing? Well, it is and he does and now 57-year-old (of course) Barbara Jean Saylor has been arrested and charged after trespassing onto his property.

Jesus (in this case, E! News) take the wheel:

According to the Chatham County Sheriff’s Department, deputies received a call on April 3rd about an intruder who had scaled a security fence and peeked through the windows of the 34-year-old Aiken’s home.

After being informed that the cops were on their way, the authorities say Saylor left the scene, but was collared a short time later and identified.

She was arrested for trespassing and misdemeanor stalking after the former American Idol finalist filed charges against her, telling authorities that she had done something similar in the past.

Saylor was subsequently released on a $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on April 24.

I don’t know what planet you have to be from or what drugs you need to be smoking to be so seduced by Clay’s melodious voice that you stalk him. Buying his album would be bad enough, but being such a fan that you actually break into his property? Girl, you in danger.

In all seriousness, we all know I’m one of the most paranoid people on this planet and I would not be able to cope with being a celebrity. I would constantly be worried that someone was going to try to assassinate me… or, you know, something less drastic but still scary.

New Enemy Alert: Clay Aiken and Rihanna?

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To be fair, calling Clay Aiken and Rihanna “enemies” is a bit premature at this point in the game. Right now, Rihanna probably isn’t aware than any gauntlet has been thrown down. But it has, by the always adorable and talented Clay Aiken.

Here’s a couple of quotes from Clay’s appearance on the show Watch What Happens last night:

The trouble started when host Andy Cohen asked Clay to name which current pop singer wouldn’t make it past the first few rounds of his reality show alma mater, American Idol.

Apparently, he was spoilt for choice.

“Oh God, there’re too many. Too many…Current pop singer? I’ve stopped listening to them because they can’t sing,” he said, biding his time before coming up with his answer.

“Um…Rihanna has some pitch problems for sure. She does…Now I’m gonna get in trouble, too.”

One of the funniest things about all of this to me is how E! reported it. After they shared that little exchange, they said “Pitchy, dawg? Sounds like someone’s been taking critique lessons from Randy Jackson.” Because noting pitch problems in a singer is so specifically Randy Jackson and just ridiculous to mention in the first place. They started off the whole article by asking “Did someone declare open season on Rihanna among the—how should we put this?—less than relevant of her musical peers?” Another less relevant peer they mention is Gene Simmons, who recently said “”We’re sick and tired of girls getting up there with dancers and karaoke tapes in back of them. No fake bullshit. Leave that to the Rihanna, Shmianna and anyone who ends their name with an A.” But right, according to E!, Clay Aiken and also Gene f*cking Simmons are less relevant than Rihanna. Honestly.

But anyway, let’s get back to the main story, shall we? Which is, in case you forgot, Clay Aiken just threw down! And by “threw down,” I mean “told the truth,” obviously. I’m usually pretty bad with picking out exactly what’s wrong with a person’s singing – whenever I watch The Voice and someone says that a contestant got too pitchy, I usually have no idea what they’re talking about – but I’m ok at picking out who’s not a great singer. And let’s be real here, Rihanna is not a great singer. When she started out, she was super cute and her music was catchy as hell, but I don’t think anyone was ever like “wow, that voice!” That’s just not the kind of singer Rihanna is.

What do you guys think? Was Clay way out of line in saying what he did, or was he just speaking the truth?