Pop Quiz: Clay Aiken

Aidin Vaziri | After a successful run in the Broadway musical “Spamalot,” Season 2 “American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken is back on the road in support of his latest album, “Tried and True.” The disc, his first since coming out on the cover of People magazine and becoming a father to 2-year-old Parker, features faithful covers of button-up pop classics from the ’50s and ’60s such as “Mack the Knife,” “Crying” and “Moon River.” Earlier this month, Aiken’s most recent label, Decca Records, reportedly dropped him.

Clay Aiken
Q: Is the music industry more of a headache than it’s worth?
A: For me, it’s not. I’ve been fortunate enough to do what I wanted. This record was more my doing than the earlier ones were. But it’s still a business. I think it’s not a headache if you understand that’s what you’re getting into.
Q: Do you go out of your way to avoid watching “American Idol”?
A: I don’t go out of my way to avoid it. I don’t even think about it at all until I do an interview and somebody asks me about it. I watched the season after mine, but it stressed me out too much. I felt like I needed to move on. Once you’ve seen how the sausage is made, you don’t want to eat it.
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