In honor of the upcoming 6th, 7th or 8th season of American Idol on Tuesday (there are people who actually keep track of these things, but I am not one of them), here are some tidbits from a recent Newsweek interview with the encyclopedic, all-knowing pop culture mind of AI runner-up Clay Aiken (full interview here):
Have you seen “Spamalot”?
The first time I saw it I thought it was the stupidest thing I’d ever seen in my entire life.
Are you a Python fan?
I thought Monty Python was a person until three months ago.
(Soylent Green photo: 1973 MGM)
What about all those Ford commercials on “American Idol”?
That wasn’t a job.
It was part of your job.
It wasn’t a Ford commercial. It was a music video. It was a completely different thing.
Hmm. Different from this?
- 12. (noun) Radio and Television. a paid advertisement or promotional announcement.
- 11. (adjective) paid for by advertisers: commercial television.
I think not, young man.