Celebrity Apprentice: Clay Aiken is Runner Up

Clay Aiken Screenshot from NBC Celebrity Apprentice Video

Clay Aiken was not chosen by Donald Trump to be this season’s Celebrity Apprentice.

May 20, 2012. Clay Aiken and Arsenio Hall, along with their teams, were asked to create a celebrity variety show and a 30-second public service announcement (PSA). Clay and his team took on a carnival theme for their room and their show consisted of singing from Clay, Aubrey O’DayDebbie Gibson and Dee SniderPenn Jillette also did a magic act, alongside of his guest, Teller. The PSA was a very impacting spot about his charity, the National Inclusion Project (NIP). Clay and his team raised and impressive $301,000 for the NIP.

Although Arsenio and his team raised less than Clay’s ($167,000), Donald Trump chose Arsenio to be the Celebrity Apprentice. Earlier in the season, Arsenio raised $105,000 versus $60,000 for Clay.

Arsenio’s charity, the Magic Johnson Foundation not only received what he raised during his task, but also the $250,000 prize for winning. Congratulations Arsenio and MJF!

Clay’s PSA for the National Inclusion Project.

UPDATE 5/13/12 – Clay Aiken makes it into the Finals of Celebrity Apprentice. Aubrey O’Day is fired, leaving Clay Aiken and Arsenio Hall to battle it out in the finals. Clay and Arsenio are giving their tasks to raise money for their charities by planning, producing and starring in a fundraising event. They were given the opportunity to choose from a group of former Celebrity Apprentice contestants.

Clay’s Team: Aubrey O’DayDebbie Gibson, Dee Snider and Penn Jillette.

Arsenio’s Team: Adam Carolla, Lisa Lampanelli, Paul Teutul, Sr. and Teresa Giudice.

UPDATE 5/6/12 – Clay Aiken makes it into the Final Three of Celebrity Apprentice. Clay and project manager, Lisa Lampanelli won the last task. On the other team, with Arsenio Hall and Aubrey O’Day, Teresa Giudice was their project manager and was sent home. The four remaining contestants were immediately sent into one on one interviews with former Celebrity Apprentice contestants Country Singer John Rich (Season 4 Winner) and Actress Marlee Matlin (Season 4 Runner Up). When the final four returned to the boardroom, Lisa Lampanelli was fired.

Clay Aiken Screenshot Celebrity Apprentice Video

Clay Aiken on the Celebrity Apprentice for Kids with Disabilities

March 30, 2012. Clay Aiken, first runner up on ‘American Idol’ Season 2 in 2003 is now a contestant on ‘Celebrity Apprentice,’ Season 5. He is there to raise money for his charity, the National Inclusion Project.

Clay shared:

The National Inclusion Project is an organization that I helped start about eight years ago. I used to see kids with disabilities get kicked out of programs or not be allowed to go to a summer camp that I was working at because they had Autism or a little boy or girl had Cerebral Palsy and they didn’t have the ability to work with them at the summer camp. In our social settings. We do segregate. We don’t include individuals with disabilities in workplaces oftentimes and almost always,  unfortunately, in extra-curricular programs. So we work with university to help create a curriculum that teaches people how to include kids with disabilities and without disabilities in service learning projects. So, inclusive groups of kids, teenagers, will work together to do stuff in their community. We are sort of a service organization that serves other non-profits in a way (Video: Clay Aiken’s Charity).

For his first task as Project Manager ,the show that aired on March 25th, the teams were asked to throw a party for Crystal Light’s new “mocktail” beverages. For the men’s team, Unanimous, Clay volunteered to be Project Manager. For the women’s team, Forte, Aubrey O’Day was the Project Manager.

Clay and his team chose to highlight the Peach Bellini flavor and use the tagline, “Life’s a Peach.” Their party had a beach-theme, complete with sand, island music and tikki-bars. Special guests, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb showed up to the party and when the Crystal Light Executives arrived, Clay sang, “Under the Boardwalk.”

Although the contest seemed to be close, Team Unanimous was chosen as the winners. As their reward, Clay’s charity was to be given $20,000 from the show. As an added bonus, Crystal Light also contributed $30,000, making Clay’s contribution to his charity, $50,000.

Other celebrities who have participated in Season 5: Adam CarollaArsenio Hall, Aubrey O’Day, Cheryl Tiegs, Clay Aiken, Dayana Mendoza, Debbie Gibson, Dee Snider, George Takei, Lisa Lampanelli, Lou Ferrigno, Michael Andretti, Patricia Velasquez, Paul Teutul, Sr., Penn Jillette, Teresa Giudice, Tia Carrere, Victoria Gotti.

Clay Aiken’s Charity

Life’s a Peach

ARTICLE RESOURCES

American Idol

Celebrity Apprentice

Clay Aiken

Crystal Light

National Inclusion Project

Video: Life’s a Peach. Celebrity Apprentice. Season 5. 2012.

Video: Clay Aiken’s Charity. Celebrity Apprentice. Season 5. 2012.

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Shelby Tweten, Teen with Bipolar on ‘American Idol’

Photo courtesy of Shelby Tweten Facebook Page

Latest Updates and Videos of Shelby!

17 year old, Shelby Tweten from North Mankato, Minnesota auditioned for ‘American Idol’ in Denver, Colorado. Shelby and several of the contestants from Denver were invited to travel and stay in Aspen, Colorado for the round of auditions that were recorded for television.

Shelby was also chosen to have a back-story about her life to be presented during the airing of the auditions on January 25th.

In this video package, Shelby and her mom share a little bit about Shelby’s challenging journey. Just last year, Shelby was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. However, she says she has battled depression since the fourth grade.

Shelby said,

“American Idol’ has given me a reason to stay on my meds.” Shelby continued, “I wasn’t focusing on staying with them, cuz I really didn’t care. When I’m off my meds, I’m incoherent and I’m not myself.” Her mom added, “She doesn’t have the light in her.”

Shelby opened up with,

“There’s been times when I’ve had hypo-manic episodes. I’ll be shaking, I will stutter, I can’t control my body and my mom will be like, ‘Well, let’s sing together!’ And I’ll sing and it really helps!”

After Shelby’s audition, all three judges, Randy JacksonJennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler agreed to send her to Hollywood for the next rounds!

UPDATE 2/23/12 – See more news on the Top 24! Click here: ‘American Idol’ Contestant, Heejun Han Loves Working with Special Needs Children

UPDATE 2/23/2012 – Shelby did not make it into the Top 24. We are sad to see you go home, Shelby! But we are proud of you! Keep singing and go back next year!

The Top 24 going into the Semi-Finals are Aaron Marcellus, Adam Brock, Baylie Brown, Brielle Von Hugel, Case Likens, Chelsea Sorrell, Colton Dixon, Creighton Fraker, Deandre Brackensick, Eben Franckewitz, Elise Teston, Erika Van Pelt, Haley Johnsen, Hallie Day, Heejun Han, Hollie Cavanagh, Jen Hirsh, Jeremy Rosado, Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet, Phillip Phillips, Reed Grimm, Shannon Magrane, Skylar Laine.

On Tuesday February 28th, they will be announcing a Surprise Save, as they add another boy into the Semi-Finals who was previously sent home.

UPDATE 2/16/12 – Shelby moved on to the next rounds as the contestants went from 70 to 42.

UPDATE 2/15/12 – Shelby survives Hollywood week and moved on to Las Vegas!

UPDATE 2/15/12 – Shelby made it through group rounds!

97 other contestants joined her, including Jennifer Malsh, Cari Quoyeser, Reed Grimm, Nick Boddingtom, Creighton Fraker, Aaron Marcellus, Jen Hirsh, Shannon Magrane, Joshua Ledet, Brielle Von Hugel, Amber Holcomb, Mathenee Treco, Ariel Sprague, Eben Franckewitz, David Leathers, Jr., Jeremy Rosado, Gabi Carrubba, Johnny Keyser, Heejun Han, Jairon Jackson, Richie Law, Phillip Phillips, Colton Dixon, Adam Brock, Skylar Laine and many more.

VIDEOS:


Shelby with her group singing, Great Balls of Fire in Las Vegas

 


Recap of Hollywood Week – Group Night


Hollywood Week – Round 1

Shelby’s Audition in Aspen, CO and back-story package about her.

 


‘American Idol’ Aspen Auditions – ‘American Idol’

ARTICLE RESOURCES:

‘American Idol’ Official Website

Photo Courtesy of Shelby Tweten Facebook Page

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Bipolar Disorder Does Not Define Shelby Tweten on ‘American Idol.’ Video from MTV.com

Shelby Tweten – “Temporary Home” – Idol2012TV

ADDITIONAL STORIES on IDA:

‘American Idol’ Contestant, Heejun Han Loves Working with Special Needs Children

Shelby Tweten, Teen with Bipolar on ‘American Idol.’

Living with Asperger’s and Tourette’s: James Durbin Contestant on ‘American Idol.’

Living with TBI: ‘American Idol’ Contestant, Chris Medina, Stands by Fiance

About

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

Living with Asperger’s and Tourette’s: James Durbin Contestant on ‘American Idol’

James Durbin Latest News, Videos and Updates Below!

21-year-old James Durbin of Santa Cruz, CA auditioned for American Idol in San Fransisco, which aired on February 9, 2011.

James’ back-story told of his long, life journey of struggles. James’ father was a bass player and spent much of his time out on the road, playing in bands. When James was only nine, he lost his father to a drug overdose. James teared up when he said, “It hurt to lose him, cuz I didn’t get a chance to know him.”

After his father’s death, James was on medication for a sleep disorder and stress. He went to Stanford Medical Center, where he was diagnosed with Tourette’s and Asperger’s Syndrome (a high functioning form of Autism). James continued, “As I was getting older, at school people would tell me, ‘Cut that out!’ ‘Stop that!’ – I can’t!” … “I always got made fun of, beat up. I was just LOST.”

Then James lit up when he began to talk about his fiance, Heidi. James smiled and said, “In the middle of it all, I met an angel.” … “Heidi’s just changed my life SO much!”

James and Heidi have a beautiful son, Hunter, and had been struggling to get by each day.  He had recently been laid off from his job, before the auditions. The American Idol opportunity is more than just a dream for James and his new family.

At first, James seemed concerned about the Tourette’s, getting in front of the judges and letting his nerves take over. After he finished his song, Jennifer Lopez remarked, “You go away when you sing.” James replied, “I do. When I was younger, I was diagnosed with Tourette’s. When I sing, it just all goes away, like I don’t have a care in the world.”

Randy Jackson jumped in to say, “I like your voice. I like your range.” Steven Tyler added, “Wow, that was OVER the top!” All of the judges were happy to give James a “golden ticket” to Hollywood!

Since then, James has continued to soar through Hollywood week to the Top 13 and beyond! See all the latest updates, videos and more resources below! What’s more James has already become an idol for those living with Tourette’s and Asperger’s. He has brought awareness and hope to children, adults, parents and loved ones around the world!

WHAT IS JAMES UP TO NOW?

Snapshot of James at WWE Video by fitperez.com

UPDATE 4/6/12: James released his album, Memories of a Beautiful Disaster, on November 2011. He and his longtime girlfriend and mother of their child, Hunter, were married on New Years Eve 2012. The ceremony was on the edge of a California redwood forest and Hunter was the ring bearer. Fellow ‘American Idol’ contestants from Season 10 Casey Abrams, Haley Reinhart and Stefano Langone also attended.

James is not only enjoying a career doing what he loves, but he continues to bring about awareness and support of Tourette’s and Asperger’s. James encourages those living with these conditions to keep dreaming and keep pursuing their goals, despite their challenges. James shares his own personal struggles with being teased as a child and how others can believe in themselves. As a result, James brings a message of anti-bullying.

At a WWE rally in March of 2012, James was asked to sing impromptu and he was amazing (James Durbin Official Site). When speaking to hundreds of Miami-Dade sixth graders:

“James  shared his emotional personal story of being bullied while in school — and how, after he took action and reported the bullying to school officials, the bully would come back months later… to apologize” (mjsbigblog).

In light of James’ fight against bullying and mistreatment of kids by other kids, James is asking all of his fans and those who stand behind his message to help him “trend” the hash-tag, #outcastarmy on Twitter.

Thank you, James, for continuing to give hope and inspiration to children, adults, parents and teachers! You have a passion and a gift that is being used to make this world a better place!

Video: James Asked to Sing Impromptu at WWE Anti-Bullying Event

UPDATE ARTICLE RESOURCES

James Durbin Shares His Anti-Bullying Message in Miami

James Sings at WWE Anti-Bullying Event

James Durbin’s Rock ‘N Roll Wedding Video. Marisa Laudadio and Alla Byrne. People. January 9, 2012.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

James Durbin Official Site

James Durbin on Twitter

James Durbin on Facebook

LATEST American Idol NEWS AND UPDATES!

5/12/2011 FINAL American Idol UPDATE: America is Stunned! James Durbin did not make it into the final 3 tonight. This was the week that rocker Chris Daughtry went home. Either the voters preferred the other contestants or they thought he would surely be safe and get plenty of votes and so they voted for someone else. The American Idol Website says, “After 72 million votes, in one of the most surprising results in the history of American Idol, we said goodbye to James Durbin.”

James seemed very disappointed, but quickly mouthed the words, “It’s OKAY!” to Heidi who was in the audience. His Goodbye Performance was very touching, as he and Heidi embraced then tears rolled down his face. James, we will miss you on American Idol, but we were surely see you around!

5/11/2011 UPDATE: It was Leiber & Stoller night. James opened the show with a timeless tune from Journey, “Don’t Stop Believing.” Of course, Randy Jackson, being a former Journey band member was thrilled. The rest of the judges and audience loved it as well. Later, he closed the show with The Searchers’ hit, “Love Potion #9.”

5/2011 UPDATE: James advanced to the Top 4. Tonight they showed just the bottom 2, which were Jacob Lusk and Lauren Alaina. Jacob Lusk was sent home.

5/4/2011 UPDATE: Everyone in the Top 5 sang 2 songs. James’ first song was an upbeat tune, “Closer to the Edge.” His second song was a very emotionally delivered Badfinger’s tune, “Without You.” James struggled to get through the song in rehearsal, because the lyrics made him think of Heidi and Hunter when they would visit him, then have to leave and how much he misses them.

4/28/2011 UPDATE: James advanced to the Top 5. This week, they did not specifically say the last 3 standing were in the bottom 3. However, the last 3 standing were Casey Abrams, Jacob Lusk and Scotty McCreery. Casey Abrams did not advance and was sent home tonight. Watch Casey’s Swan Song!

4/21/2011 UPDATE: James advanced to the Top 6. This week he brought out the contemporary alternative song, “Uprising,” delivered with pizazz. Stephano was the one who went home this week. Stefano was in the bottom 3 with Haley Haley Reinhart and Jacob Lusk. James and Scotty McCreery have yet to be in the bottom 3.

4/14/2011 UPDATE: James advanced to the Top 7. Paul McDonald was sent home. Stefano Langone and Haley Reinhart were in the bottom 3 wtih him.

4/7/2011 UPDATE: James advanced to the Top 8. Pia Toscano was sent home. Stefano Langone and Jacob Lusk were in the bottom 3 with her. James and Scotty McCreery have yet to be in the bottom 3.

3/31/2011 UPDATE: James advanced to the top 9. Naima Adedapo and Thia Megia were both sent home. Paul McDonald was in the bottom 3 with them.

3/24/2011 UPDATE: Casey Abrams had least votes, but the judges kept him with their only SAVE of the season. All 11 will go on tour. Two will be cut next week. Stephano Langone and Thia Megia were in the bottom 3 with Casey.

3/18/2011 UPDATE: James advanced to the Top 11. Karen Rodriguez was sent home.

3/10/2011 UPDATE: James advanced into the Top 12. Ashthon Jones was sent home.

3/3/11 UPDATE: James advanced into the Top 13.

2/25/11 UPDATE: James advanced into the Top 24. Boys sing Tuesday March 1 and girls on Wednesday March 2.

2/17/11 UPDATE: James moved on to the final round in Hollywood to determine if he will be in the top 24.

James in Hollywood first and second rounds.

JAMES DURBIN VIDEOS

James Durbin American Idol Page

Top 4 Results Show. Saying goodbye to James. Recap of his journey.

James Durbin: Top 7 Interview: Modern Music

James Durbin: Top 8 Interview: Movie Madness

James Durbin: Top 11 Interview: Tour Talk

Top 11 Surprise Results

Recap of Top 12 Performances

James Durbin: Top 13 Interview

Idol’s James Durbin Struggles with Tourette Syndrome – MyFoxAtlanta.com

James Durbin Top 24 Interview

James Durbin Interview with Hollywood Life

James Durbin Hollywood Week, Group Performance of “Somebody to Love.”

James Durbin Hollywood Week. Song: “Oh Darlin.”

James Durbin ‘American Idol’ Audition and Personal Story – Song: “Dream On.”

James Durbin When He Was 19 Singing “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”

ARTICLE RESOURCES:

American Idol www.americanidol.com

James Durbin’s American Idol Page

Photos of James Durbin and family. James Durbin Facebook Page.

Photo of James on stage. James Durbin Facebook Page.

ADDITIONAL ARTICLES AND SITES:

American Idol contestant aims to change the image of Tourette’s syndrome

Asperger Idol: James Durbin Blows American Idol Judges Away

Faces From the Spectrum: James Durbin

Idol contestant James Durbin gives Tourette’s and Asperger’s syndrome a new face.

‘Idol’ finalist Durbin is singing through Tourette’s

James Durbin Community Page on Facebook

James Durbin Musician Page on Facebook

James Durbin: The New Face of Tourette’s

James Durbin is true ‘Idol’ for Tourette’s sufferers

The National Tourette Syndrome Association, Inc on Facebook

Santa Cruz Fans Try to Reach Out to American Idol Contender James Durbin

Singer overcomes disabilities to become American Idol sensation

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Invisible Challenges with Autism (and other developmental differences).

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OTHER SONGS JAMES PERFORMED:

James Durbin Top 4 – Song: “Don’t Stop Believing.”  

James Durbin Top 4 - Song: “Love Potion #9.”

James Durbin Top 5 – Song: “Closer to the Edge.”

James Durbin Top 5 – Song: “Without You.”

James Durbin Top 6 – Song: “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?”

Recap of Top 6 Performances: Carole King

James Durbin Top 7 – Song: “Uprising”

Recap of Top 7 Performances: Music of the 21st Century

James Durbin Top 8 – Song: “Heavy Metal”

About

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

Country Music Star, Clay Walker Diagnosed with MS

Clay Walker was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1996. Since then, he has founded the organization, Band Against MS.

Visit Band Against MS: www.BandAgainstMS.org

“Clay Walker was diagnosed more than a decade ago with Multiple Sclerosis. He and his band play on and fight on. The stud of a country star recently chatted about his inspiration and his music with me at Riverwind Casino in Norman, Oklahoma. This piece appeared on Fox 25 Morning News in Oklahoma City.” ActionFiguresTV

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About

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

Hit Country Singer, Trace Adkins, Brings Awareness to Food Allergies.

Trace Adkins began campaigning for awareness about food allergies when they discovered his daughter lives with them. His focus is to help people understand the seriousness of anaphylaxis reactions to foods.

Visit Trace’s site at www.TraceAdkins.com

“Country music star and spokesperson for the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, www.foodallergy.org, Trace Adkins and The Doctors spread the message about the dangers of childhood food allergies. For more information, go to TheDoctorsTV.com.” From TheDoctorsTV

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About

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!