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 Birthday Man. Love your voice and music. You really are one of a kind, keep on doing your thing.

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happy birthday clay! it's crazy to think ive been a fan of yours for almost 7 years now, since the beginning! you have been an exceptional role model, a caring humanitarian, and an amazing singer/entertainer/actor. i hope this year will be the best for you yet! P.S. i cant wait to buy your new album coming in 2010! tour too? ; )

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MY DEAR CLAY. Enjoy this day with family and friends, and look forward to many more. There are no words to express how much your fans miss you and your voice. Playing your MCWL and AIW helps these days, but nothing could compare to you, on stage, singing these beautiful songs. I look forward to your new CD and another tour. As someone has been saying for several years, Use Your Voice. We are waiting. Love you, Clay.

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Happy Birthday Clay...I hope you are having a fantastic time with your family and friends. Gros bisous

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY CLAY!!!! I hope you are having a wonderful day with family and friends....
I bet Parker can't wait for you to cut the cake....
We all love you and are awaiting for you to entertain us once again with your singing and humour.... Love ya....Hugs, Judy

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Happy Birthday, Clay! Hope you have a wonderful day.
I'm looking forward to the new CD. Never stop singing!
Love you!

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Happy Birthday Clay! You are as others said above, a class act. You always leave us wanting more! We are all looking forward to next year and seeing you perform live again! Best wishes for a special guy.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY CLAY ,HOPE YOU ARE HAVING A WONDERFUL DAY.GOD BLESS.LOVE MARIE.

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Happy Birthday Clay!

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Happy Birthday, Clay. Hope you have a great day and an even greater year!