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FYI, per an e-mail from the OFC:

Clay's upcoming Good Morning America performance - originally

scheduled for Sunday  - will now air a day earlier on Saturday, Dec. 17th. You

can see him perform “Mary Did You Know” on GMA TOMORROW, and “My Grown

Up Christmas List” on Christmas Day! Be sure to check your local

listings for exact show times and channels.

William Joseph is currently onstage, and is ready to launch into his last number.

The cellcerter commented on how bad the traffic was getting to the venue. The Gaylord Entertainment has a capacity of a little over 5,000. It is a multi-use venue, that also hosts hockey and basketball games. Humm.. wonder how the acoustics will be. According to the cellcerter, the floor seats are level, not on a grade. I gather the venue does not look to be full tonight, although I'm not completely clear on that.

A poster at CV noted the buses park in an underground tunnel at the venue, so bus greetings sound unlikely.

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HI...the Clackhouse cellstream is starting...

the place is not very full...hard to get an estimate...olderish crowd sedate. Friendly but sedate.

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People at CH kicked out of "acquired front seats" and are noww interviewing various audience members. Claims that there are reports of Martina McBride in the audience.

Tells male fan that the secret for men is that if they are fans they will be surrounded by woman of all ages.

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From CB: Pre-cellcert

venue - not as full as cellcerter would like it to be....is filling up though....80% filled on the floor. people still streaming in....it's an arena....

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......it took them about an hour to go 11 miles in the traffic to the venue......some may be a tad late!

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WHOOO - ATLANTA IS ALMOST SOLD OUT.....THAT IS INFO FROM TICKETMASTER!!

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I haven't heard that yet.....didn't get the full conversation....lights going down for WJ now...

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Nashville capacity.. 5145

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talking about clay telling him he wants him to play what ever he wants in the show...but....well ok Clay...now playing Clays favorite.. not much crowd noise at all.. might be the connection.. still really hard to make out and understand..

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WJ telling story about going upon stage..being the good little boy..silence.. pretty funny and applause stopped..crowd laughing..still real choppy ..audience doesnt seem to be very loud ..some applause

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WJ flying across the keys.. should be about ready to take off about now..and the crowd comes alive....good response .. lots of whooping.. they are really screaming now. .

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big arena.. sound quality not good..looks like we are sticking with this certer. may not have another choice..they are trying to figure it all out and get the best position for the phone.. WJ got standing O...venue hard to tell.. so many up for intermission..but did see lots of empty seats..

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PER LINLAS: Venue not full.... ....maybe less than half....lots of seat swaping going on

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ornament. .no idea what picture on it..did sell well though.. have JBT tour books there.. selling well. mug doing good..

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Staff being tough on the people uh.... "upgrading" their seats.....not letting people take two empyt seats on the FRONT ROW!!!!

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- There is a "tunnel" under the venue where they saw the buses pull in earlier today. Probably will not be a good bus night.

WJ walked right up to them (they are front row center) and said, "WOW, you have really good seats!!!" LOL!!

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According to the cellcerter, 2000 tickets were sold as of Monday.

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From CB:

lights out.. time for the show stopping star to make his appearance..I am a bit frisky tonight.. is someone moderating me..

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HERE WE GOOOOOOOO......

NO FLASHING ALLOWED!!!!!

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Clay's hair is a bit funky

Couchtomato is in this show so she won;t be joining us tonight but I expect a recap from her.

Christmas time is here...voice sounding as good as always...can hear some screams through the song.

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From CB:

.......sound is NOT GOOD - fading in and out....about every 3rd word is loud.....

Children gather around and listen you'll hear the sound of angels filling the sky telling everyone Christmas time is here.........

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lots of whooping.. music playing..choppy ..now nothing..whats up with that.. barley hear music again.. can hear crowd well. lots of screaming..drums beating..children singing..and there he is.. cutting out bad.. children gather around. his voice is great.. at least every few words I can hear..

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Good news the CH cellstream sounds pretty clear...

MCWL...

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Ansa, sounds like the CB report is coming from the CV cellstream and the reception totally sucks tonight. They just can't seem to find a position and /or settings for the phone that will broadcast consistently. Bummer.

I will bring over an interesting comment about the length of the first intermission being due to the need to move WJ's piano very carefully.

Per butterflyshine:

apparently its not as easy as that, moving the piano can cause it to go out of tune, so they do it very carefully and i believe they have some kind of lift to keep the piano from jostling, but then it goes through a mini sound check and retune if necessary....
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OOOH, OOOH, I had a baby grand years ago and can attest to needing a tuner each time we moved it.

I miss the Johnny Mathis Pop Pop Pop in sleigh ride.

Love Jinglebells though.

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Thanks for the info bottlecap...and it makes total sense...I think this show has a lot of technical difficulties.

The cellcerters seem to be really enjoying Sleugh ride we hear a lot of giggling and comments like...he's so cute...good reaction

Jingle bells my favorite...

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My current video obsession is jojoct's Wallingford SR & SB. The clip starts with a slightly-shadowed Clay, who seems to have some sort of inner dialog going on as we hear Beverly make her first attempt to call her son. A slight head shake as the phone rings, a deep breathe when the message starts, another head shake and a raised hand when Beverly tries to leave a message, and a bowed head for the "Mailbox is Full" section. It's really quite intricate and intriguing, and I assume it's all done in character. I'll have to check out the same scene from some other venues.

On a more shallow note, I love the wall jump "With you", and then watching Clay pivot those long legs around to stand up. He is just too cute as he escorts Quiana up the steps for Jingle Bells. Sigh.....

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from CB:

can hear knock knock knock.. Pam asking her if she has a pocket..lol...bev talking now.. excuse me..can hear this better than the singing and music..darn..where is your christmas tree.. Clay must be watching rubbing those fingers together nice and gentle...must be in the white suit from angels .. or we would have heard already..he has to be smiling. hear some laughter from the crowd..

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I can hear the phone ringing and the phone message from the lovebirds just great......

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music starting in the background.phone ringing.. mail box full...ok turned my volumn up to the max. .clay blow me away..getting ready for sleigh ride then JB.. whoopie ...hang on to your stiped socks we are about to make them rock..

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I think Beverly's accent has gotten thicker since she is back in the south!!

Phone call....mail box full... love CLAY'S ex-pression here...

SLEIGH RIDE!!!!!

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SR.. sound better.. lovely weather sleigh ride with you. .gitty up itty up ..holding you hand.. he sounds awsome...birds of a feather..voice solid as granite..he is rolling..

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GIDDY UP GIDDY UP GIDDY UP LET'S GOOOO.....our cheeks are nice an rosey and comfy cozy are we......

pop pop pop....

Is everybody up and ready for their sleigh ride with Clay......

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voice rising ..outside the snow is falling.. lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you.. gitty up gittyup lets go...its grand...very chipper and bouncy...

SOCK REPORT: ORANGE AND BLACK VERTICAL STRIPES!!!!!( At least that is what Linlas's FIRST report is....)

JINGEL BELLS!!! THUD TIME!!!

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HEAR THOSE PRETTY BELLS CHIME!!!!

ONE HORSE OPEN SLLLEEEIGGHHH!!

YEAH!!! crowd loved it!!!! ---

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Wow bottlcap...very interesting observation...I haven;t been up to checking new clack...saving HD space...I guess I will have to check those out now.

I do think other cellcerters have said he truly stays in character as the angel through the first half.

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From CB:

JB JB JB JB JB JB JB.. all the way.. one horse open sleigh..he is working it baby.. dasher dance..........blixsonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn holy freaken reindeer.. ..sleigh ride..everyone up.. dash away dash away alllllllllllllllllllllllll.. some screaming.. .jb jb jb bjb ...here we go.. snappy finger rockin rolling reindeer...holy gheezzz.. he must be moving those hips and shaken his bootie.. crows enjoying him to the fullest.. oh me toooooooooooo.. to ride one horse open sleighhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh......major applause.. they loved him

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I forgot to mention that 72 inches comes with a size 12 foot..lol.. and that voice is unmeasurable...we just dont have numbers that high...bev and tommy talking please dont tell my dad..who is this.... some laughter..music starting..CS.. '-

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......oh what the heck, maybe just one glass.....loving Clay singing Season for Romance.......his voice is so tender and loving......it'll get you if you give it half a chance.....

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Even with the echo....his voice sounds FABULOUS and RICH tonight....sounds like the night off did him good...

"GIVE IT HALF A CHA-AA-A-NCE"....

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Clay's voice is not al supple as usual tonight. I have heard a few sharp notes on some transitions. I don;t think its voice strain...I suspect Mr. Aiken didn;t warm up too well.

he just got an applause after bough...then he wobbled again...hee

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I thought that Byrd and Quiana both said that warming up is ou of date, being quiet is more important. Well, they said that in their roles as vocal coaches not Clay.

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From CB:

oh what the heck.. maybe just one time..sound so adorable.. just perfection.. give ..a chance...just want to cuddle him..how can one man be so darn loveable ..across the floor....oh could it be.. this voice is amazing.. never sounded better. .wish we could hear clearer.. reason for romance..shows his softer side in this song.. his passoniate loving side..it all just appears ...like his shield is down and he just wants us all to feel what he is feeling..such beauty...got chills already.. good applause.. lots of whooping...back to vignette

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COOL, THIS IS OLD.....and he drops the ornament....

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas......let your heart be light......make the yultide gay, from now on our troubles will be miles away......everybody needs to remember to enjoy the season

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have yourself a merry little christams.. let your heart....from now on our troubles will be miles away...from now onnnnnnn our troubleeeeeeee be miles awayyyyyyyyyyy holding on to those glory notes.. just sailing thru the air..voice deep in all the right places.. deep and low...just breathtaking...highest bowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww WOW. nice real nice..have yourself a merry christmassss naaaightttt..thru the years...getting choppy again..drums picking up.. getting ready to take us to another place...out of sightttttttttttttttttttttttttttt..oh I am already there..even choppy clay is fullfilling....hightest bowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww..amazing..crowd loving it...good response. showing the love tonight..

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I didn't hear that playbiller...I haven;t really read too much of their philosophy in vocal coaching.

I guess in my experience, which was more than 20 years ago... warming up kind helps with transitions from the different voice placements...chest to head to falsetto...but I really don;t know what Clay;s problem is tonight. He is even doing a lot of hard eee's

Its possible he is just not concentrating too well...

oh is that what GBB said...I know she said something but didn;t understand...

the audience has been very responsive tonight..lots of applause in middle of song and laughter not only on obvious parts...

Good response on 2nd place joke

---Christmas song

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From CB:

there go Bev and Tommy dancing......

Merry Christmas may your new years dream come true..and this song of mine in 3/4 time wishes you and yours the same thing tooooooo.......

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frosty window panes...the might voice is just perfect..may christmas dreams come trueeeeeeee.. love the way he holds his lips when he sings truuuuueee.... wishing you and yours the same thing too...frosted window panessss..time of year when the world falls in love....every time he opens his mouth we fall in love all over again..each note is like the first time..the power of Clay..merry christmas may .. you christmas dreams come true.. timeof year whent he world falls in love...3/4 time... wishing you and yours same thinggggg toooooo.....

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And now we are dancing......and CLAY is switching the dancers....

AND THIS SONG OF MINE..in 3/4 TIME....

Makes you want to get up and waltz around the room!

A ROSY cheeked Beverly!

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he finished in SECOND PLACE....

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crowd exploding with whooping an hollowing over second place.. that Clay Aiken and they go nutzo....lots of laughter and yellling.. clay must be beeming......silver bells..

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CROWD ROARING over AI talk.....

Don't you know he gets a charge from that every night....

I kow I certainly do...

Duet now...they are P.E.R.F.E.C.T. together....like....silver bells

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..ringaling, hear them sing, soon it will be Christmas Dayyy - beautiful harmony from Allison and Clay.....

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aling hear them sing.. he shares this song so perfectly with his teacher.. always thought how poud he must be.. but she must be even prouder..she helped make him who he is today..singing together now.. great harmony.. soon it will be christmas dayyyyyyyyyy clays voice just overpowers everything

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Chestnuts roasting on an open fir.....crowd cheers for the song.....yultide carols being sung by the choir.....tiny tots with their eyes all aglow will find it hard to sleep tonight.....this song is just sooooooo smooth....gahhhhh...I love it!

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Partial standing O for Christmas song...it was lovely he got his control back...

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I will not think iof my dead dog..... I will not think of my dead dog.....

Funny about how I am not bothered so much about my exe, but miss that little (70LB) dog.

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