Happy Birthday, Clay Aiken!

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Before Adam Lambert, there was Clay Aiken.

Both artists rose to fame on American Idol; both finished second to artists that are unlikely to have more successful careers than these runner-ups; and both are gay.

The latter item is utterly irrelevant, but it does give Lambert and Aiken even more in common. That, however, is where the comparisons ends.

While the former superstar flaunts his sexuality and is known for flamboyant, controversial performances, the latter has quietly carved out a productive career for himself on Broadway and on the sales charts.

Aiken turns 31 today. Send in your birthday wishes and honor him by clicking on the Clay photos below...

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Mindy McCready and Elisha Cuthbert also turn 34 and 27, respectively, today.

To find out when your favorite actor, athlete or singer celebrates a birthday, remember to consult with our celebrity birthday calendar!

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HAPPY 34 TH BIRTHDAY CLAY

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Clay, a belated happy birthday! I celebrated by donating to your foundation, the National Inclusion Project. Even more than your musical & Broadway successes, you must be so proud of the work your foundation is accomplishing in giving opportunities to children with special needs to play and learn with their typical peers! Always a fan of your music, your comedy talent, your courage, and your humanitarianism. Bring on that new album in 2010 - and, please, a tour!

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Happy Birthday Clay. My husband shares his birthday with you so we celebrate at our home too. So looking forward to your new CD and hopefully a tour to follow. Good luck in the future.

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Happy Birthday Clay :)

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Happy Birthday toooo youuuu
Happy Birthday toooo youuuu
Happy Birthday Dear Clay
Happy Birthday tooooooooooooooooooo youuuuuuuuuu Oh Lordie how I have missed those 'pipes of perfection' and your wonderful wit that never ever fails to entertain the socks off us ! It has been far too long a drought and I don't know about anyone else , but my life is just not the best it can be without some Clay Aiken in in it. Please return to us real 'soon'~~!!! LOVE YA DUDE!

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Happy Birthday Clay your fans miss you. Can't wait for the new CD.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY CLAYYYYYYY!
We wish you the best, always *-*

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Happy birthday Clay! Come back we're right here waiting for you!

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Happy Birthday Clay!!! You are the best. Can't wait to see what is in store with your new album in 2010.

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VERY happy bday, clay!! :D