Clay, you know what dawg? I'm lovin' this part of this competition
'cause with you and Ruben and Kimberley Locke comin up, and Trenyce,
and everybody tryin to win this... Dude, you did your thing, man,
I'm so impressed, dawg.
Neil Sedaka: Bravo, Clay, I've lost my song forever to you, it will
always be a Clay Aiken song.
Paula: One of the most brilliant songs written. Absolutely, Clay,
it's one of your most vulnerable performances ever, and you didn't
give any like staged look... you just were. And I think that you've
broken out of what other judges have critiqued you as better suited
for Broadway, and you are now the pop singer, and you just ARE.
Simon: Ummm... I have to congratulate you, Neil, on that song, that
is a 10, that song, it's just superb, and Clay I want to say something
to you... I think you're one of the few people I've met throughout
all of these competitions 'cause you can take criticism like a grownup.
Learn... you definitely got better you've lost some of these facial
things which I think was distracting, and you just did a really
grownup, fantastic, performance. Congratulations.