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Clay Aiken Timeline 2022

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Clay Aiken Timeline for 2022.  ldyj will try her darndest to keep this list up-to-date.  If you see anything missing/incorrect, please contact ldyjocelyn!

  • January 8 -- Clay posts a cryptic tweet about checking CV...
  • January 10 --...because today's the day Clay announces that he's officially running for Congress again!  Here's his announcement video.  Many major media outlets pick up on this, including The Hill, The New York Times and The Washington Post.
  • January 12 -- Clay appears on The View (ABC) to discuss his run for Congress. He talks about why he is running, and how much he wants to be the first openly gay Congressman from the South.
  • March 3 -- Clay officially files to run in the 4th district in North Carolina.  There was a bunch of redistricting issues before this, but this makes it official.  His primary will also include several other Democratic candidates.
  • March 14 -- Jordan Roth (New York Theater Producer) hosts a fundraiser for Clay's campaign in New York City.
  • March 15 -- Another New York City Fundraiser for Clay's campaign, hosted by New York City Councilman Erik Bottcher.
  • March 26 -- Clay attended the People's Alliance, a campaign mixer in North Carolina.  It allowed people to meet with the candidates...and the candidates to meet each other.
  • April 2 -- The National Inclusion Project Gala, held in Raleigh, NC.  Clay's personal assistant, Cheryl Jacobsen, received the Founder's Day award, and Clay finally was able to sing the setlist that was selected (by fans) for the 2020 Gala.
  • April 5 -- Clay's campaign officially kicks-off with a gathering in NC.
  • April 6 -- Clay is part of the North Carolina Democrats NC4 Candidate Forum, held virtually.  All the candidates running for the seat are scheduled to attend.
  • April 9 — Clay posts a few Instagrams; one looks to be a local Democratic outdoor gathering, the other an event on cryptocurrency. 
  • April 10 -- A Fundraising event for Clay's Congressional Campaign held in Palms Springs, California.  It's hosted by Alfredo Casuso and David Perry, Bonnie and Bill Ruttan, and Ben Patrick Johnson.
  • April 13 -- Clay attends some sort of event/party at the Blue Note Grill in Durham, NC.  He sang at least two songs, "A House is Not a Home" and "Unchained Melody."
  • April 15 -- A block party supporting Pat Evans in her re-election as Durham District Court Judge is held, and Clay attends.  He also sings BOTW!
  • April 21 — Clay appears on “The Swag Network” podcast, talking about his history and why he’s running for Congress. 
  • April 27 -- It's announced via Bloomberg News that Clay is owed money from the production team of the Christmas Show that he and Ruben Studdard did in 2018.  It's a win for Clay!
  • April 30 — Clay’s good friends Ruben Studdard and Quiana Parler sing at a fundraiser, held at the Blue Note Grill in Durham. It’s called the “Make Durham Better Rally.”
  • May 11 -- Clay once again hosts "DPAC's Triangle Rising Stars," North Carolina's high school theater competition. Earlier in the day, he holds a press conference to shine a light on the "dark money" flowing into the coffers of one of his opponents, Valerie Foushee.  There have been articles in the past few days about it, but this is the first time Clay makes a public stand.
  • May 15 -- It looks as if Clay showed up at a local festival in NC to get out the vote.  He also sang two songs!
  • May 16 -- Another hosting gig!  This time it's "Dancing with the Carolina Stars" to be held at the Carolina Theatre in Durham.  Clay probably isn't dancing...
  • May 17 -- Primary day in North Carolina. Sadly, Clay only received 7% of the vote.  The eventual winner was North Carolina State Senator Valerie Foushee (thanks to the influx of money for her campaign).
  • June 17 — An appearance on the local Pittsburgh CBS morning show, “Pittsburgh Today Live” along with Clay’s Drowsy Chaperone co-star, Paige Davis.
  • June 20 -- Another publicity appearance for The Drowsy Chaperone.  This time Clay and Paige appear on 100.7 Star Pittsburgh's "Bubba" morning radio show.
  • June 21 -- Clay stars at "Man in Chair" in The Drowsy Chaperone, as part of the Pittsburgh CLO.  This is the first of 6 days and 8 performances.
  • June 22 -- Second performance of The Drowsy Chaperone.
  • June 23 -- Third performance of The Drowsy Chaperone.
  • June 24 -- Fourth performance of The Drowsy Chaperone.
  • June 25 -- Fifth and Sixth performances of The Drowsy Chaperone...except Clay missed the fifth performance due to COVID protocols.  There was much confusion, but after a long time, and bunch of missed communication, Clay just barely made it to the theater for the sixth performance.
  • June 26 -- Seventh and eighth (final) performances of The Drowsy Chaperone.
  • August 20 — An Instagram Live!  “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You!” (With featured first trumpet player Clay Aiken, haha!)
  • August 22 -- Clay is announced as one of two hosts (along with Mark L. Walberg) of "Wheel of Fortune Live!," a touring live stage show of the popular game.  He's doing selected dates throughout the country.  EEEEEEE!
  • August 25-28 — Somewhere during this time frame, Clay performed at another wedding.  It was held in South Africa, but the connection seems to be the previous Indonesian wedding, as most of the guests looked to be Indonesian.  A snippet of Clay singing “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” surfaced August 30 on Instagram.
  • October 13 -- "Wheel of Fortune Live" (hereafter referred to as WoFL) at Merrill Auditorium (Portland, ME).
  • October 14 -- WoFL at the Landmark Theatre (Syracuse, NY).
  • October 15 -- WoFL at the Palace Theatre (Albany, NY).
  • October 17 -- To promote WoFL in Rochester, Clay does a video interview with Fox Rochester.
  • October 18 -- WoFL at the Kodak Center Theatre (Rochester, NY).
  • October 20 -- WoFL at the Taft Theatre (Cincinnati, OH).
  • October 21 -- WoFL at the E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall (Akron, OH). Postponed to March 1, 2023.
  • October 22 -- WoFL at the Fox Theatre (Detroit, MI).
  • October 23 -- WoFL at the Rosemont Theatre (Rosemont, IL).
  • October 26 -- WoFL at Hancher Auditorium (Iowa City, IA).
  • November 3 -- WoFL at the Tucson Music Hall (Tucson, AZ).
  • November 6 -- WoFL at Harrah's Resort Southern California (Funner, CA).
  • November 9 -- WoFL at the Bank of America PAC - Kavli Theatre (Thousand Oaks, CA).
  • November 12 -- WoFL at Cache Creek Casino (Brooks, CA).  Two shows that day.
  • November 13 -- WoFL at Cache Creek Casino (Brooks, CA).
  • November 16 -- WoFL at the Paramount Theatre (Seattle, WA).
  • November 19 -- WoFL at the Grant Theatre at The Grand Sierra Resort (Reno, NV). Two shows that day.
  • November 22 -- WoFL at the Alberta Bair Theatre (Billings, MT).
  • November 25 -- WoFL at the Muriel Kauffman Theatre (Kansas City, MO).
  • November 26 -- WoFL at the Bellco Theatre (Denver, CO).
  • November 27 -- WoFL at the Orpheum Theater (Omaha, NE).
  • November 30 -- WoFL at the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science (Sioux Falls, SD).
  • December 12 -- A surprise appearance with Ruben Studdard on "The View" (ABC)!  Together they sing "This Christmas."  Then...they announce a joint tour for the Spring of 2023, celebrating their 20 year friendship!  And if that wasn't enough, they also announce that they will be appearing together on the 2023 finale of American Idol, which will be held exactly 20 years to the day of their finale.
  • December 29 -- Clay appears on a game show called "The Wheel" (NBC).  It's a take on a British game show; appearing with Clay are Chrissy Metz, Sanya Richards Ross, Russell Dickerson, Loni Love, and Brie Bella. Clay's category was Presidents.  In the end, Clay helped the final contestant win $20,000!
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