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Ruben Studdard’s biography on TV One’s ‘Life After’

I just spoke with Clay Aiken at Georgia Public Broadcasting and will post that video either later today or tomorrow.

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First up: last night’s TV One special about Ruben Studdard for its series “Life After.” There are no major revelations but it’s a pleasant 30-minute journey through his life.

The half hour starts at Princeton elementary school in Birmingham. “I was always within an earshot of a whupping,” he said, since his grandma Hattie Williams’ home was down the street. He recalls daydreaming and getting in trouble for singing at his desk. “He sang all the time: sing sing sing,” she said.

He began singing at age three at pre-school at the Shady Grove Baptist Church. “He was very disruptive in class,” his brother Kevin said.

“He told us he’d be a star someday,” Hattie said.

He was on football as well as sing in three choirs. He didn’t want to go to college. He wanted to go to Atlanta and get signed. He got a football scholarship at Alabama A&M University but decided to focus on singing. His family was not happy.

He visited Rising Star Baptist Church and we heard from his childhood choir director Cheryl Agee. He sings some of gospel with her on piano. He left college before his senior year in 1999 to play in the gospel group God’s Gift. “We thought we’d be the next Winans,” he said. Another member of the group in 2002 wanted him to audition with her for “Idol.”

They show clips of him on “Idol,” including his audition. “You have a very nice voice,” Paula said. “Welcome to Hollywood dawg!” Randy said. “Alabama representing!” he said.

“Clay is one of the first people I met at ‘American Idol,’ ” Ruben said. They became good friends. (No interview with Clay.) They show a clip of him singing “A Whole New World.” Wow. He is still amazing. Glady Knight dubbed him “The Velvet Teddy Bear.” It stuck.

They noted that the range of support for Ruben was deep in Birmingham, from black to white. They show the moment he won. Clay is grinning like an idiot because he knew already, having peeked at Ryan’s card.

They quickly go through his album sales – two million copies for “Soulful,” gold for his gospel album “I Need an Angel.” He’d like to do another one.

In 2005, his ex-manager and close family friend stole $250,000 from him and he sued. “You’d never think someone you’ve known since you were a child would do anything to hurt you but people lose sight of things that are important like the love of your family when money becomes involved,” he said.

“Sometimes people take advantage of you,” Ruben’s mom said.

“I’ve forgiven him and moved on,” Ruben said.

They talk a bit about him trying to develop artists and a camp. “I wanted to impact the lives of these kids being in school and reading music. That’s the roots if you want to be a professional.”Then the 30 minutes are up.

Clearly, they had to leave out a lot of material.

For instance, the special didn’t talk about his marriage to Atlantan Surata Zuri McCants, his weight issues, his Vegan diet, his past tax problems, his “Ain’t Misbehavin’ ” tour or his reunion with Clay for the current tour, to name a few.

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95 comments Add your comment

JTesla

July 20th, 2010
12:30 pm

Thanks Rodney, Ruben is a good guy, as shown above.

Rickster

July 20th, 2010
12:32 pm

And even better…. he replaced that picture of Clay! :-)

Rickster

July 20th, 2010
12:35 pm

Continuing with something from the previous thread… If I’m not mistaken (and I know there are lots of people who will correct me if I am)

When she was told that she did not make it to the live shows, she walked away very gracefully and (this is where I may be wrong) Simon uttered the words “big mistake.” I think he wanted her to go through, but was outvoted.

KolaB

July 20th, 2010
1:10 pm

I am one of the many many many Clay fans who also loves Ruben. He’s a great, talented guy and I can’t WAIT to see their concert!! I was at Clay’s PBS special taping in Raleigh–it was awesome and Ruben was great in it!! What a wonderful voice and a sweet, loving personality to match–it was a real treat to see Ruben again. Oh and did I mention I’ll be at a concert soon? LOL (Yeah, I’m a bit excited…)

Rickster

July 20th, 2010
1:18 pm

In my previous post… I was talking about Shelby Dressler. (D’oh!)

Harriett

July 20th, 2010
1:23 pm

Rickster, I think you are right. I remember Simon saying that.

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Deirdre

July 20th, 2010
1:38 pm

I thought he said “big mistake” for Angela Martin but I could be way off on that. I DO know he said it about SOMEBODY.

Rosita

July 20th, 2010
1:44 pm

Tru dat, JT: You called first on this thread and you made it. Neat that you were to cool to point it out.

Rosita

July 20th, 2010
1:44 pm

JTesla

July 20th, 2010
1:55 pm

To borrow from Right Said Fred:

I’m too cool for my love too cool for my love
Love’s going to leave me
I’m too cool for my shirt too cool for my shirt
So cool it hurts…

and I’m too cool for this thread

Deirdre

July 20th, 2010
2:11 pm

Rodney…I’ve tried to call you back twice and you’re phone won’t let me through. Won’t even let me leave a message. Sorry!

JTesla

July 20th, 2010
2:25 pm

Deirdre, I don’t think they have decent phone service in Tahiti. Ahh the life of a journalist.

everett

July 20th, 2010
2:32 pm

Deirdre, you said earlier that JT won’t feel all alone out here in the untamed West (or words to that effect) – I cannot imagine JT ever feeling lonely what with all the voices in his head. Just kidding, yall.

Thank you for the welcomes. Great to be back because I’ve missed this blog and the people who contribute.

Mercedes S.

July 20th, 2010
2:38 pm

Glad we got a name for the facially frozen girl. I have two friends who never got over their Bell’s palsy – I don ‘t know if that was Shelby’s problem, but I liked her a lot and hoped she would go further. If she gets to Hollywood maybe she’ll be allowed enough time on camera for people to discover her voice and personality.

Rickster

July 20th, 2010
2:45 pm

I think she had nerve damage to one side of her face.

Rickster

July 20th, 2010
2:57 pm

But I could be wrong. It’s happened before! :-)

Harriett

July 20th, 2010
3:05 pm

I am going to get ready to scram out of here. I will check back while I am at the beach, but probably won’t do much but lurk on occasion. Too much going on. Rickster, I liked your numbers better, too–3 days with family and 7 free as a bird! Later, friends!

JTesla

July 20th, 2010
3:06 pm

Everett is the name of only one of the voices in my head ;) nice to have you back.

Rosita

July 20th, 2010
3:16 pm

Have a great time, Harriett!

Rosita

July 20th, 2010
3:32 pm

Great news about Shelby Dressler, per previous thread. She was one of my favorites. Rickster, I love you for seeing her beauty. Can’t wait to become a fan of hers next season.

Rickster

July 20th, 2010
3:40 pm

Rosita…. I’m just acknowledging the obvious! :-)

Rickster

July 20th, 2010
3:44 pm

Right person, wrong words….

AVON PARK — Shelby Dressel may be done with “American Idol,” but she’s not done with Hollywood.

The 19-year-old Avon Park singer made it to the final round of cuts in the super-popular reality show during Tuesday night’s episode, but got the bad news that she didn’t make the final 24.

But Dressel apparently made a good impression during Hollywood Week, which she capped off with a strong rendition of Boston’s “More Than A Feeling.”

As she was walking away from the celebrity judges after Randy Jackson broke the bad news, either Ellen Degeneres or Kara DioGuardi was overheard saying “That was hard,” prompting notoriously nasty Simon Cowell to say, “That’s the wrong decision.”

I thought I heard Simon say “big mistake.”

I stand corrected on the wording… but was right about it being Shelby.

Rickster

July 20th, 2010
3:45 pm

Hey… you bat .500 in the big leagues… you’re a multi-millionaire!

everett

July 20th, 2010
4:06 pm

Hey JT – thanks for letting me be silly. One of the things I love about the off-seasion is that we don’t have to stick to the subject.

Deirdre

July 20th, 2010
4:07 pm

Thanks for finding that, Rickster. I was curious.

Rickster

July 20th, 2010
4:15 pm

Not a problem, your queeness. Always happy to help.

Rickster

July 20th, 2010
4:15 pm

Of course… with Simon gone… we can look forward to more “wrong” decisions from Randy, Kara & Ellen.

kelly&carriefan

July 20th, 2010
4:25 pm

Funny you bring them up Rickster. Do we know where they stand on their contracts? Not that I expect the producers to completely clean house, but you know…miracles can happen. ;)

Rickster

July 20th, 2010
4:31 pm

Ellen should be good on her contract. I doubt she signed a one-year deal.

If they’re up for renewal, Randy & Kara need to sign for whatever 19 puts on the dotted line. Where else can get they get that kind of money for sitting on their derrières listening to people sing?

Rickster

July 20th, 2010
4:32 pm

Of course… Rodney would be MUCH more knowledgeable about contracts than I.

Mercedes S.

July 20th, 2010
4:34 pm

Didn’t I read that Ellen signed a FIVE year deal?
I will be old and gray then (if I go “natural”).

Rickster

July 20th, 2010
4:54 pm

back on June 16 of last year…. Rodney posted that Kara and Paula were negotiating new deals. We know how well Paula’s negotiations went. I don’t remember what Kara signed for.

Rodney?? Can you help us out?

JTesla

July 20th, 2010
5:06 pm

I also remember that Ellen signed for 5 years.

Rodney Ho

July 20th, 2010
5:08 pm

I think Kara signed a deal but not sure how long.

Also, a PBS spokesperson told me that Clay was expecting me to just type or tape record my interview, didn’t expect me to videotape him because I’m a blogger for an old-school print publication. So now the Clay camp, she said, doesn’t want me to post the video. I told her to have the Clay camp call me directly. I missed the call and am not playing phone tag. If they ask me and give me a good reason, I’ll adhere to it simply because it really doesn’t matter that much. I’ll simply transcribe the 12 minutes and post it like that minus the video.

Rickster

July 20th, 2010
5:09 pm

Have a good evening, everyone!

Rickster

July 20th, 2010
5:11 pm

Cool! Another reason to avoid PBS/Clay Aiken! :-)

(oooooh… I’m gonna get it for that!) :-)

‘night folks!

JTesla

July 20th, 2010
5:43 pm

Is Clay big enough to still have a “camp”? I mean 5 years ago I could see him having one, but now he is resorting to PBS specials.

Oh and while we are at it, does his camp not have access to the internet! Really, what blog doesn’t post video these days?

Deirdre

July 20th, 2010
5:51 pm

They won’t bother you here, Rickster. They think this is a Ruben thread. Remember…they HATE Ruben! Cuz he didn’t really win…even the producer said so!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;-)

JTesla

July 20th, 2010
6:51 pm

Since I’m going to try and be ultra nice in the next thread (I said try) I should ask this now: how does doing a PBS special relate to other gigs? For instance is it better or worse than the State Fair circuit, which is just above the Indian casino circuit, which is just above the college club circuit. For me, I’ll place a PBS special between Indian Casio and State Fair. Let’s face it, you don’t see Lady GaGa or any other current star doing PBS, except maybe to show up on Sesame Street. Which coincidently ranks well above making the rounds of State Fairs.

Mackenzie

July 20th, 2010
7:09 pm

JTesla, popstars like GaGa don’t do PBS, but major adult contemporary artists do. Andrea Bocelli sells millions worldwide, sells out Madison Square Garden (and at $300+ a ticket), and is a PBS veteran. I was glued to PBS last Thanksgiving for his Christmas special. Lots of people (and people with $$$) watch PBS.

Highlander

July 20th, 2010
7:16 pm

Hey, folks. Been out for a while ’cause Heather and I took an anniversary trip to Savannah over the weekend and had too much going on to blog. (Blasphemous, right?!)

Regarding the contracts, I seem to recall that last year during all the talk about Ryan’s new contract and Simon leaving, it was said that Randy still had 2 years (maybe 3) on his current deal.

Highlander

July 20th, 2010
7:20 pm

Clay’s on PBS? Is he joining il Divo or the Celtic Women??? :D

(I purposefully used a lower case i on il Divo so it wouldn’t look like the Roman numeral Il.)

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

July 20th, 2010
7:26 pm

Hey guys…. well i’ll be heading out about 2 am for Tampa so don’t know when I will see you all again.

I remember Shelby Dressel and also thought they made a mistake in letting her go….but the whole season was just about a mistake anyway soooooo….

Love Tom Waits, John Prine (YES!!), and the like, also Leonard Cohen, Arlo Guthrie (sittin’ on the Group W bench), Country Joe MacDonald, and a bunch of others, LOL…. but yeah, story-tellers are GREAT.

Mackenzie, guess it’s a good think lots of people with $$$ watch PBS because a LOT of their programming is jammed up with begging for some of it!!! I usually record PBS and flit through the beg segs….

anywho…looking forward to being in FLA, but not looking forward to 9 hours or so of driving alone….gotta get some sleep!!!

Highlander

July 20th, 2010
7:28 pm

Sorry,Mackenzie, but one example doesn’t much prove a point.

I used to enjoy watching PBS for Nature and the home improvement shows like This Old House and Yankee Workshop. But with the advent of cable’s Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, National Geographic Channel, DIY, etc., etc., etc., PBS has become somewhat outdated.

Rosita

July 20th, 2010
7:29 pm

Be careful, Linny. . .

Deirdre

July 20th, 2010
7:40 pm

Have a good trip linny!!!!

JT…PBS is WAY more important than the casinos or the state fairs. PBS is nationwide. These “specials” to raise money happen EVERYWHERE in the country. Clay will get a lot of exposure as people are flipping by PBS to watch The Bachelorette or America’s Got Talent.

Deirdre

July 20th, 2010
7:42 pm

Highlander…happy to hear that you and Heather have returned from your anniversary weekend in Savannah(a perfect spot for an anniversary if you ask me!)

JTesla

July 20th, 2010
7:51 pm

Oh you two, deflating my PBS bashing balloon. It was fun while it lasted. I only ever watch it for local outdoorsy programming. No, I mean I never watch PBS! Yeah, NEVER!

JTesla

July 20th, 2010
7:52 pm

Yes, happy anniversary you two, and have fun on the vacations to the others (Harriett and Linny)

lalaladybug

July 20th, 2010
8:01 pm

Some of you do not realize that the PBS Special is a very prestigious event. They are done with full professional orchestras, lighting, direction, etc. Clay’s fans have always wished for this for him. This is the route of Josh Groban and Celine Dion. Not big pop stars in your minds, I am sure, but long careers come through PBS. They keep showing the same shows for years, and many millions of people all over the world have the opportunity to see an artist at their best.. The show, also, shows the faith in Clay that the record company, the production company, and each of the hundreds of stations that paid for the program to show on their station. When he was on Idol, he had millions of fans of all ages. He is singing better now than he did then, and should be just fine, with or without the regular readers of this column.

JTesla

July 20th, 2010
8:09 pm

LOL! “some of you…” no, just me.

Mercedes S.

July 20th, 2010
9:14 pm

For a Reuben thread, only three posts out of 52 had anything to say about him.
Oh well, it’s summer, right? Anything goes?

Me rcedes S.

July 20th, 2010
9:16 pm

Savannah visitors, what do you do there when you go? Where do ou eat/drink/entertain yourself? As a semi-resident I’m curious.

JTesla

July 20th, 2010
9:47 pm

That is kind of sad. Ruben deserves more… but he just isn’t that controversial. The Claymates had years of anguish (knowing that their white knight had come in second) so it honed their skills of flash blogging.

Renn

July 20th, 2010
10:01 pm

At the present time over 70 stations have committed to the special with some of the stations showing the special 3 or 4 times at different times of the day. New stations are hopping on board every day. Plus, they may choose to show the special again whenever they want so it could be repeated again in a month or two or more. Clay has chosen a new musical direction and with good reason.

After Idol is over it is no longer a competition among idols. Idols are competing with all the other singers out there and some people think if a person is from idol they aren’t worthy to be in the music industry. Sad that idol fans don’t see that bashing other idols in fan wars just ends up hurting everyone who comes off idol. The only idol who has been able to move forward into a position to have a long recording career is Carrie. Pop stars are replaced easily with new pop stars–younger and younger a la Justin Bieber. Even AI recognizes this and lowered the age limit.

Rodney Ho

July 20th, 2010
10:03 pm

Good news: I can post the video. I talked to a nice gal at Strategic Artist Management (which manages Clay) and we straightened things out.

Rodney Ho

July 20th, 2010
10:05 pm

And, yes, a PBS special is prestigious. Michael Buble, Carole King/James Taylor, Andrea Bocelli. Big big artists raise tons of cash for public broadcasting television. It’s definitely the right audience for Clay.

April

July 20th, 2010
10:37 pm

As a Clay fan thank you very much Rodney.

JTesla

July 20th, 2010
11:15 pm

OK… but one more jab… “the right audience for Clay” you mean old people?

I kid.

Really. I’m looking forward to the video and the interview. I’m glad that Clay’s “camp” came around and saw that providing a video for his fans to savor is good for everyone. Especially once they see Rodney’s videographer’s mad skills.

Darma

July 20th, 2010
11:15 pm

I don’t think the only idol who has been able to move forward into a position to have a long recording career is Carrie. Clay has recorded more albums than any other idol and has been a viable recording artist for nearly a decade with no signs of his career ending any time soon. In the press release it was announced as Clay’s first PBS special indicating that there are more to come. I think Clay’s career is about to experience quite a revival.

JTesla

July 20th, 2010
11:45 pm

Yeah ummm Kelly Clarkson anyone? Anyone? Oh and “for nearly a decade” or less than 7 years, about the same thing right. Also, everyone who does a PBS special for the first time is in fact doing their “first PBS special” it doesn’t mean they’ll do another and it doesn’t mean they won’t it just means that it really is their first.

WOW. Just WOW. Bring on the interview!

JTesla

July 21st, 2010
12:06 am

Speaking of WOW, Rickster, and others, you should hit “The Superficial” (google, it has a tag line – because you’re ugly) and go back to to a post made on July 19th, wedged between Lindsey and Mel is a full on shot of Kim Kardashian (related to Idol by virtue of Ryan’s producing her show). Wow, just wow. Speachless.

everett

July 21st, 2010
1:34 am

JT, you crack me up. You always have.

And a big thank you goes out to the folks who mentioned John Prine. Wow, guess I have some CDs to dust off. I really appreciate the reminder ’cause that music makes me feel young again.

…..still struggling to find an American Idol link to my train of thought. Where ARE K&Cfan and Rosita when you need them?

sue

July 21st, 2010
1:49 am

Rodney – glad you can post the video (remember me?)

I’ve never understood why people have to bash someone on the internet. Clay is an extremely talented singer and live performer. If you don’t like his style of music – listen to someone else. But what is the compelling need to slime him in comments??? Have you ever seen him in a concert? Do y’all feel important and big because you can get away with being snotty and spiteful? Clay is a great guy, a good father, and a nice human being. If you can’t say anything nice – than how about just shutting up????? Common courtesy and all – although I realize that’s a lost art!

JTesla

July 21st, 2010
2:39 am

Hello Sue, I’m just curious, but who was bashing Clay? I’ve bashed PBS, PBS viewers, and people that may have questioned Rodney’s use of video (which you and I are glad that he can post). Oh I see that Rickster was at it again, not wanting to watch Clay or PBS. Hmm is that really bashing or is he simply not allowed to share his opinion on the matter? I also see where Highlander paid a nice compliment suggesting that perhaps Clay could pair up with some well known groups.

Hmmm yeah thanks for bashing someone for not really bashing Clay. Kind of ironic, and not in the Alanis Morissette way, but the really ironic type of way.

I’m looking forward to the interview, so at least it can reaffirm that Clay is a decent guy and it’s just his maniacal followers that really have a twisted sense of reality. Clay is a good guy: bring on the interview and the special.

Deirdre

July 21st, 2010
7:23 am

Morning!

Bash? Slime? What?

Joke about PBS, maybe! Nothing bad has been said here about Clay Aiken…AT ALL! Bash? Slime?
Get some perspective people!

This blog writer fought to get his video interview of Clay posted. The inhabitants of this blog encouraged him, knowing that the interview would be interesting and informative.

Sometimes, fans do their Idol more harm than good. Clay is often looked down on, not because of his voice or his performance skills but because his rabid fans have become an embarrassment to him and a public relations nightmare.

Heather MacDonald

July 21st, 2010
7:44 am

Mercedes, Highlander and I did a dolphin tour and saw about 6 of them playing in the waters around the boat. It was a lovely 2 hour boat ride, too! Then, we shopped along River Street for candy and little gifties for our friends. Mostly, this trip was a relaxing weekend away from home. Of course, we also ate REALLY well there.
When we went to Savannah for our honeymoon, we ate at Paula Deen’s (YUMMY), went on a walking ghost tour (a little disappointing), took a horse-drawn carriage ride (too hot in July!), shopped a lot, went to the beach at Tybee, went up in the lighthouse, and did all kinds of walking around like tourists.
Best 6 years of my life with a great guy, and one fantastic weekend. Love you, Highlander! :-)

Mercedes S.

July 21st, 2010
7:52 am

Re rabid fans – and this is idol, not Idol related – read on other part of this site that items used in Elvis’ embalming (enbalming?) will be auctioned off … including rubber gloves, forceps, comb, eyeliner… even the John Doe tag used after the original was stolen.

And good morning, everybody!

Mercedes S.

July 21st, 2010
7:57 am

Thanks for rapport, Heather! Sounds like holiday well spent. Did you encounter any jellyfish? My sis/in/law says they’re rampant, abd early – usually they show up in August. Was once victimized by what I swear was a Portugese man’o'war.

If you like candy, there’s a chocolate shop near Wright Square with HOMEMADE goodies.

Deirdre

July 21st, 2010
8:01 am

Awww…this is so sweet. I think it’s cool that we have a married couple on the blog. JT and everett…is there something you’d like to tell us? ;-)

My Savannah trips always include Tybee and River St. We’ve eaten at Garibaldi’s, The Pink House? Is that what it’s called? Last time we were in Savannah was last Sept. The plan was to go to Paula Dean’s for lunch but we woke up to the same torrential downpour that we’d gone to sleep to the previous night. Also, the day before(while this torrential downpour was brewing)I got overwhelmed by the humidity and had to sit down for an hour and eat gelato :-) . I can’t be doing that every day! Anyway, we just got in the car and headed back home because there was no way the rain was going to end before we had to leave anyway.

Mostly I like to roam the squares.

Heather MacDonald

July 21st, 2010
8:29 am

Mercedes, no jellyfish seen or (ouch!) experienced by me!! :-)
Deidre, It is the Pink House, and it’s rumored to be haunted. Paula Deen’s is a must-do next time you’re there. OMG, delicious!! :-)

Deirdre

July 21st, 2010
8:33 am

The hunt for the new judge is getting down to the wire:

The Hollywood Reporter reports that the search to replace Simon Cowell on American Idol is heating up. According to the industry mag, the network “is determined to land a widely known music industry figure for the post.”

Chris Isaak, who has a long music a career and a slew of acting credits under his belt has met twice with the network. Also being considered is the widely popular Idol mentor, Harry Connick Jr.

One unnamed candidate reportedly set off a tug of war between Idol producer Simon Fuller and Simon Cowell, who is bringing his UK show, the X Factor to US in the fall of 2011.

Rocker Bret Michaels, has been lobbying for the job heavily in the press, was “given the once over” by producers and is now “out of the running.” Even Donald Trump has contacted Idol producers for the job.

Rickster

July 21st, 2010
8:43 am

I take back my previous negative comment (yesterday @ 5:11) I made about Clay now that they’ve given Rodney permission to post the video.

Mercedes S.

July 21st, 2010
8:44 am

Donald Trump? Doesn’t he have an empire to run?

kelly&carriefan

July 21st, 2010
9:04 am

JT, regarding your Kelly comment: *raised hand* present! Fan wars are silly. But I will say this: Kelly won in 2002, Clay came in ‘03 and Carrie in ‘05. Anyone wanna do some math? Anyone? Bueller?

IMO, Kelly will have long career, but eventually it’ll shift from “Pop star” to something else. Carrie’s path seems more likely to keep her in the limelight for longer, provided it’s what she chooses. She might opt for some measure of semi-retirement when she and Mike decide to start having babies…

everett, I guess you didn’t see my answer yesterday? The Tom Waits link I found with Idol was Kelly judging The International Songwriting Competition with him. It’s a weak one, but hey. :)

kelly&carriefan

July 21st, 2010
9:06 am

PS. Harry! Harry! Harry! Come on, it ain’t rocket science. Harry Connick, Jr. should be it.

Mercedes S.

July 21st, 2010
9:11 am

Deirdre and Heather, The Pink House (also one of my favorite eateries in Sav) was owned by the Joe Habershams, and my guess is it’s Mrs. H. who is haunting. She lost five sons to The War. Two of them died within an hour of ech other at the Battle of Atlanta, and it was their gravestone, at Laurel Grove, with the inscription “In death they were not parted” that inspired Margaret Mitchell to come up with the Tarleton twins.

Deirdre

July 21st, 2010
9:12 am

I agree, k&cf!!! Har-ry Har-ry Har-ry!

JTesla

July 21st, 2010
9:13 am

Deirdre, no. Besides, do you think I let my wife out of the kitchen to use the internet? ;)

Deirdre

July 21st, 2010
9:13 am

He’s hot, he has a great sense of humor, he’s a music icon, did I mention that he’s hot?

Deirdre

July 21st, 2010
9:15 am

JT…You interrupted my Harry Connick pep rally! ;-)

BTW, if you can spare her, can I keep your wife in my kitchen? I’d like to not have to cook for about a week.

Deirdre

July 21st, 2010
9:17 am

Thanks for the history, Mercedes. It wasn’t haunted when we were there, just very LOUD with a big family reunion going on.

kelly&carriefan

July 21st, 2010
9:26 am

LOL, D, I’m there with you. Not to mention that he’s incredibly talented and took to the mentoring like no one I’d seen before. The contestants should have that, imo, especially if they’re going for such “raw talent.”

Har-ry, Har-ry, Har-ry!

Rosita

July 21st, 2010
9:29 am

HA-RRY! HA-RRY! HA-RRY!

Guys, I”ve figured out the reason for my unwonted lethargy today: it’s entropy!

And the Idol link is . . . HA-RRY — he’s hot!!

wreckedpizza

July 21st, 2010
9:31 am

Back to the thread topic for a moment…

“I’ve forgiven him and moved on,” Ruben said.

He’s a better man than me, I must say. If anyone stole $250 from me I wouldn’t forgive them, much less a $ 250,000 thief.

Hang ‘em high is my motto.

And how are y’all today?

wreckedpizza

July 21st, 2010
9:45 am

JT- just checked out The Superficial as you suggested.
It was eye-opening to be sure! Gonna go away now for awhile and think about things. Thanks.

Deirdre

July 21st, 2010
9:45 am

People are signing up to audition in Milwaukie today. this is Danny Gokey’s city so he’ll be there.

Deirdre

July 21st, 2010
9:47 am

’scuse me…MilwaukeE

Deirdre

July 21st, 2010
9:50 am

LOL, ‘pizza!

JTesla

July 21st, 2010
10:25 am

LOL Pizza… it’s kind of like that.

Rodney Ho

July 21st, 2010
10:28 am

Clay Aiken video interview up. I don’ t think I got anything terribly revelatory but such is life during these quickie interviews.

Rodney Ho

July 21st, 2010
10:29 am

And yes, I saw the story about Harry Connick Jr. and Chris Isaak as lead contenders to replace Simon. Looks like Bret Michaels is out. (They probably wanted someone with a little more weight.) I’ll post something about it later.

Clay didn’t seem as thrilled about answering fan questions as I had expected. It worked a bit better when I did it with Taylor Hicks.

thisjustin

July 21st, 2010
4:16 pm

Clay answers loads of fan questions at his OFC, so he’s probably just tired of hearing the same ones – LOL! As for his “first PBS special”, they’re already talking about him doing a Christmas special next year if the current show does as well nationally as it did in its Chicago premiere last month. So yeah, I would say he’ll probably become a PBS staple like Michael Buble, Andrea Bocelli, David Foster & many other adult contemporary artists before him.

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