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!


Happy Birthday to a wonderfully talented and classy guy!
I'm so looking forward to your new cd out in early 2010.
Miss you like lots.


Great voice, great sense of humor, great intellect, and great love for children worldwide. Have a great birthday, Clay, and we're all looking forward to your gift to us in '10 -- your new album (and hopefully a tour!)
So far your 15 minutes has lasted almost 7 years! Congratulations!


Happy Birthday Clay! You are missed. Hurry and get that new CD out.


Wishing the happiest of birthdays to a special man with a unique voice, both musically and charitably! Please come back to Broadway soon, Clay!


Happy Birthday Clay !!!!


Happy Birthday Clay! Your quick wit and hysterical sense of humor has kept me laughing all these years. There is no one quite like you.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY Clay! From Russia with love!


Happy Birthday Clay! Hope your enjoying it with friends and loved ones! 2010 is going to bring us your new album,and I can hardly wait.


Love you Clay!! You are truly a class act. And yes, you could not be more different than Lambert. Almost 7 years since American Idol and now a multiplatinum artist (6 million+ CDs), a veteran of 8 successful tours, author of a best-selling book, a UNICEF ambassador, the founder of a successful charity, a Broadway star, and the father of a beautiful baby boy--your life is truly blessed. Wishing you continued blessings for your birthday and the rest of your life!!! Can't wait for the new CD you have coming out!


Happy Birthday, Clay, hope you have a wonderful day. Can hardly wait for you next CD and hopefully a tour next summer. I'll be first in line for both! Love ya.

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Clay Aiken Quotes

I cannot raise a child to lie or to hide things. I wasn't raised that way, and I'm not going to raise a child to do that.

Clay Aiken

I have no idea if he'll be gay or straight. It's not something I'll have anything to do with, or that he'll have anything to do with. It's already probably up inside the code there ... No matter what the situation you're in, if you're raised in a loving environment, that's the most important thing.

Clay Aiken [on his son]