TheaterMania Interviews American Idol Runner-Up Clay Aiken About "The Celebrity Apprentice" And His New Album

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TheaterMania recently spoke to American Idol runner-up and Broadway veteran Clay Aiken about his appearance on "The Celebrity Apprentice" and his new album, "Steadfast," now available through Decca Records.

Aiken's new album, "Steadfast" (Decca Records)

Clay Aiken was first introduced to most of the world when he appeared on FOX's American Idol in 2003, becoming that season's runner-up and, soon after, a top-selling recording artist. Since then, he's starred in the Broadway hit, "Monty Python's Spamalot," has released numerous hit CDs, and is currently a contestant on NBC's reality series, "The Celebrity Apprentice." In addition, Decca has just released his latest CD, "Steadfast."

TheaterMania recently asked Aiken if his experience on "The Celebrity Apprentice" had been what he imagined.

"I expected it to be grueling, exhausting, tiring -- and it was all those things. In fact, it was five times worse than Idol when it comes to mental stress and worry. You are constantly doing things you don't know how to do and the judges are comparing everyone on the same task. Idol wasn't like that. Plus, I don't like pointing out people's flaws or worrying about who you can trust - that wasn't part of Idol either. And there were cameras on us all the time, unlike Idol. In watching some of the episodes, I've been hearing myself say things I don't remember saying! I think the microphones even picked up our whispering. It's all been very Lord of the Flies."

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