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American Idol Season Two
The Judges' Comments on Clay's performances 6-10

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Everlasting Love
April 1, 2003
At this Moment
April 8, 2003
Tell Her About It
April 15, 2003
Halfway Home Show
April 21, 2003
Somewhere Out There
I Could Not Ask For More
April 22, 2003


Everlasting Love
April 1, 2003
Randy: Yeah, yeah, dawg, Clay, man, see? You know what I'm sayin? That's how you do it, dawg, that's how you do it right there. No matter what it is, you make it your own. That was brilliant dawg.

Paula: Arright, Clay.... you've proven it doesn't matter what genre of music you're singing, your voice is your voice, it's golden, it's golden. And I just was lookin for ya to dance a little...

Clay: hahahaha!

Paula: Butcha didn't. Great job!

Clay - I need some help on that, yeah.

Verdeen White: Clay, I saw ya backstage this afternoon and you didn't look like you could sing like that. Man, you can sing, you got chops man!

Simon: Simon on his last episode of American Idol... um... First it was a disco genre and I have to say, Clay, if I'm being honest, within the context of this competition, I thought that was terrible.

Paula: booooooo

Randy: what? What you mean dawg?

Simon: Sorry... no no no no no... I'm sorry maybe I'm just missing... maybe I'm missing the plot here. I'm looking for a future superstar and based on that I just didn't get it, sorry, they disagree...

Randy: Don't you think it was the best so far tho?

Paula: Way to go, Clay, way to go!

At this Moment
April 8, 2003
Randy: Yo, yo, Clay, what's up dawg, what's up baby?

Clay: How are ya?

Randy: how do ya feel, baby, good?

Clay: OK!

Randy: First up tonight, that's good. Listen, it's definitely been proven week after week that you can definitely really, really, sing...,but the choice of song this week, and even a little bit last week, didn't really slay me, I mean, to me it just makes it a little bit... it shows a little less of your voice, it brings out the theatricalness in it, but I think that you can definitely blow, but I just wasn't crazy about the song.

Lionell Ritchie: Well, let me tell you how I feel about this. First of all, I am still in awe that all of that is coming out of that body. Unbelievable. Can't get over it. Who is that guy? I don't know, who are you? The most important thing is that, you know, Randy, it's all in the selection of the song, and even the fact that the song, if I had another choice, it would be another song, but the fact that you just pulled that off with such powe,r and such conviction... you... I think you did a great job, man, great job.

Paula: You know I'm a big fan of yours, don't you? Clay, here's the thing... I agree with what Lionell's saying, it was good. The only thing that I think is it's a gutwrenching song, and I didn't feel that there was enough urgency, or heartbreak, but I'm a huge fan, as always.

Simon: Well this show proves that Randy Jackson hasn't got a clue what he's talkin about because that song was perfect.

Randy: Yeah, right, yeah, right.

Simon: Absolutely on the money, well done.


Tell Her About It
April 15, 2003
Randy: Yo, baby, I just got one thing to say, man, it's good to see you switch it up! Yeah, you did your thing, man, you did your thing, dawg.

Smokey Robinson: You normally do sing ballads, but you proved tonight that you can sing anything. It was terrific.

Clay: Thank you very much.

Paula: Smokey, I just gotta say I love your eyes so much, I was always in love with you, I just had to say that. Clay..... you have such a great voice, I love it, I love it, I just can't wait to see you just let loose and dance a little more. Please, please, just for me?
Clay: I'm workin up to it. Slow, baby steps.

Paula: Thank you!

Simon: You're drunk again....

Paula: No, it's just that you didn't take your happy pill, that's all.

Simon: Clay, don't take this the wrong way, but I prefer you when I shut my eyes...

Randy: What does that mean????

Simon: It's a complimemt, it's a compliment, it's your facial expressions...,I find them a bit theatrical, but you'e got such a great voice... if you could just calm down that weird thing you do with your face...

Randy: Can you do it, Simon? What he does?

Simon: I'm not gonna do it.... but it's a compliment 'cause he sounds great...

Paula: Nice backhanded compliment.

Ryan: You know, it's funny, 'cause I prefer Simon when my eyes are closed!

Ryan: Send him down the rocky road to fame...

(Clay looks like he's not so sure he wants to go)

Halfway Home Show
April 21, 2003
Somewhere Out There

I Could Not Ask For More
April 22, 2003

Randy: Yo, yo, what's up, dawg, what chu doin', man? Clay, you know what, you know what's funny? I keep thinkin about this contest we're doin', and I think we're tryin' to find the best that we can find in America, an' dude, every week you come up with it, dawg, you're definitely one of the best in America, dawg. Gotta give it up!

Paula: Another wonderful week. Great vocal performance. I really think that the only bit of constructive criticism for you, and I'm not gonna say dance, I promise, is just conitinue down the path of being truthful to who you are as an artist. Let go and continue. Your voice is the star, and just keep goin', you're a definite contender for the finals.

Diane Warren: W
onderful, Sarah Evans did a great version, Edwin King did a great version, and now Clay did a great version. Beautiful, excellent! I love your voice. Thank you!

Randy: Simon Cowell? You have anything to add?

Simon: Well, I mean, if I, it's, you know, ahhh, blab blab blab blab blab (tongue tangling), if I was gonna give you advice, which you probably wouldn't listen, but anyway, I would say as a Broadway artist, you will make a fortune on the back of this. I just don't see you as what we were looking for originally, which was a great (fans uproar in background), a recording artist. That 's not to say that you haven't got a great talent, you have, but when I was talking about, if I was casting for Phantom of the Opera or something, you'd get the part, and that's not being rude. Because you've got that type voice.

Randy: You talkin' 'bout that show with that mask?
Simon: No, not Mr Personallity.

Randy: Oh, right, yeah, yeah, ya not that show .

Simon: But you know what I'm saying. That's why I'm trying to be a bit more constructive this week as to... I don't know what...

Diane: Simon, I have a t-shirt for you...

Randy: Diane has a gift for you, Simon...

Diane: You need to wear this t-shirt...

Randy: Hold that up Simon it's for you...

Simon: (reading shirt) "Sorry, I don't do nice" OK, but well done!

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