Man, I wish they were doing this on the road. This sounds like a hoot. It’s called “Ruben & Clay’s Christmas Show.” (The winner getting first billing, ahem.)
It will run from December 11 to December 30 at the Imperial Theatre.
Reflecting the pair’s sense of humor, the actual full title of the show is “Ruben & Clay’s First Annual Christmas Carol Family Fun Pageant Spectacular Reunion Show.” They made the announcement earlier this week on “The View” with Aiken’s buddy Meghan McCain.
Portions of the show’s proceeds will go to the National Inclusion Project, an organization devoted to the inclusion of children with disabilities in community and education programs. (That’s an arena of interest for Aiken going back to his days as a special ed teacher.)
It’s nice to see Aiken get back into entertaining again after a relatively long hiatus.
“There are really only two things that could get me back in stage after taking a break for over five years: my buddy, Ruben, and Christmas!” Aiken said. “t’s been 15 years since he beat me on Idol, and it’s taken an entire decade and a half for me to lick my wounds. But the holidays are about togetherness, so now that he is older and I am wiser, I can think of no better way to celebrate 15 years of friendship than by spending this holiday season together on Broadway.”
“Idol” judges went to Idaho for the first time for auditions this past Sunday and Monday. Yes, Idaho! Specifically, they landed in Lake Coeur d’Alene. Apparently, contestants were placed on boats, so that’s a first.
CMT’s “Artists of the Year” special Wednesday focused on women in country music. CMT boss and former 99X program director Leslie Fram has been pushing for more women in the arena and this is clearly a result of that.
Among the honorees: Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman and Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott. The coveted “Artist of a Lifetime” award presented to icon Loretta Lynn.
A very pregnant Underwood, with Maddie & Tae and Runaway June, did a medley of classic female-led country songs by the likes of Tammy Wynette, Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Shania Twain and Dolly Parton.
Country radio remains dominated by men. The current Mediabase top 20 features all of two songs with female leads: Maren Morris and Sugarland. (Carrie’s song “Love Wins” just debuted and is at 36.)
Carrie will be co-hosting the CMA Awards November 14 with Brad Paisley for the 11th consecutive year. Carrie will perform and has been nominated for female vocalist of the year for the 13th year. (She has won four times.)
Maddie Poppe’s next single “Keep on Movin’ On” comes out Friday, October 26. She said her coronation single “Going Going Gone,” which landed with a thud on radio, was too pop for her taste. So we’ll see how this new one sounds in a week.
I know. I should be watching “The Voice” since JHud and Kelly Clarkson are coaches. I’m not. But it does appear they are getting along famously.
I know the battle rounds just started. Hope it’s going well for them.
Clay Aiken Tweet of the week
Purely promotional this time around. (See lead story)
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