CLAY ON JIMMY KIMMEL!!
First, I just want to say.... I LOVE CLAY AIKEN!!!!!
Sigh, that Virgin megastore was adorned with Clay's posters EVERYWHERE. Wish all record stores would be like that. I was with the South Jersey claymates and we took pictures with every Clay poster I think! At the end of the day, after the Kimmel show, only a few Clay posters stayed up. Yes, they had taken all the window posters down and proceeded to take down the wall posters inside the record store too... Their excuse, the RCA rep wanted them back... excuse me... back for what??? Are they done promoting already???
Anyway, I don't want to get too negative!!! But that Tuesday has to be one of the most STRESSFUL Clay day ever!!! Between the CD signing line and the Jimmy Kimmel line and then not getting in.... At 10am, there were already 3 lines, the have bracelet line, the need bracelet line and the Kimmel line. Yes, us claymates love lines! But we figured, the lines weren't long, go eat first! I'm having breakfast with 7 other claymates when I see the "have bracelet" line start moving! WHOA!!! I stop eating and run out the door! You guys already know this but they whisked everyone to the back of the mall area to contain the line situation... GOOD IDEA! Unlike GMA, the Virgin staff were very organized! It was a VERY LONG LINE, but between spotting Jimmy Kimmel in the JNT t-shirt (not knowing why yet), seeing the ET crew and photographers snapping away made the wait more bearable.. LynninNJ, gonflipin, Lori509, Dazaccent and Bert53 all made it on the wire images with their hand bags! The one time I didn't carry my clay bag! DARN IT!
And then before you know it, HE WAS IN FRONT OF ME!! OMG! HE WAS SO GORGEOUS!!! .... he was to die for.... I was planning to videotape Madison in front of me, but my brain turned into MUSH!!!! I didn't hit the record button till she was almost done talking to Clay! Then while he was talking to her, he glanced at me... and .... yes, I'm deluded but I felt like he was "checking me out"!!!! GAHH!!!!! Leave me in my fantasy world will you??? Those eyes!!!!! I can't stand it! I have one of those glances on my video and I've already watched it a 1000 times... When he looks at you.... I made sure to blab about how much I loved his CD, the song HE wrote on and on and on while he was busy signing... I was so ecstatic... and he was PERFECTION!
We ran over to the Kimmel line afterwards and was lucky enough to be the last few to get bracelets. So HAPPY! We were standing all day, so we decided to go back to the hotel for a little rest. The Kimmel staff reassured us that people with bracelets were all getting in and to come back at 5:30pm. We come back and we're almost to the end of the line, but it's OK because they promised we were all getting in and it didn't matter where you are in line cause they seat you where they want anyway right? They always manage to disappoint someone don't they? We were still outside at 7:30pm when reality hit that we might not make it in... we braced ourselves with the notion. Then they hit our heads with it soon after.
Sigh... it turned out OK at the end though because we were very close to the stage and they had a TV right there for us to watch Clay's interview. Any disappointments/anger/frustration/need to hurt someone was gone in oblivion when Clay walked out on stage... HOLY CRAP.... I hadn't seen him on stage for almost a year and he was better than ever... HOW DOES HE JUST KEEP GETTING BETTER????!!!! His jeans were so loose, he kept pulling them up before he went on the air. And Angela had to help him I guess roll the waist to keep it tight. He was so HOOOOOOOTTTTTT!!! We were screaming at the top of our lungs for him and he signed "thank you" to us!! I think it was during "When I See You Smile". GAH!!!!!!! Was that not the best present ever???? Oh wait, maybe the better present was when he jumped and reached up with his right arm and his shirt went up and up and up until we saw SKIN!!!!!!!!! Was that during "Without You"??? I don't remember anymore... he was so cute holding that note "more" at the end of "Without You" with Angela... he can rock just about ANY song can't he??? And when he forgot the words to "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"... he was so DARN CUTE.... the faces he made...sigh... just priceless.
WHAT A GREAT FEELING TO SEE THE WHOLE BLOCK SWARMING WITH CLAYMATES!!!