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January 4, 2012 After months of speculation, Donald Trump announced the cast of Celebrity Apprentice 2012 on the Today show. The following cast were in-studio: Clay, Michael Andretti, Teresa Giudice, Victoria Gotti, Lisa Lampanelli, Dayana Mendoza, Dee Snider, Paul Teutel Sr. Also confirmed in this year's cast: Adam Carolla, Arsenio Hall, Aubrey O'Day, Cheryl Tiegs, Debbie Gibson, George Takei, Lou Ferrigno, Patricia Velasquez, Penn Jillette, and Tia Carrere. For more information, go to: http://www.nbc.com/the-apprentice/ Celebrity Apprentice The Today Show  
January 4, 2012 The Hollywood Reporter posted an article about the Celebrity Apprentice cast and included their charities, all worthwhile groups! Clay Aiken, The National Inclusion Project Michael Andretti, Racing for Cancer Adam Carolla, Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters Lou Ferrigno, Muscular Dystrophy Association Arsenio Hall, Magic Johnson Foundation Penn Jillette, Opportunity Village Dee Snider, March of Dimes/Bikers for Babies George Takei, Japanese American National Museum Paul Teutul Sr., Make-A-Wish Foundation Tia Carrere, After-School All-Stars Debbie Gibson, Children International Teresa Giudice, The NephCure Foundation Victoria Gotti, Association to Benefit Children Lisa Lampanelli, Gay Men’s Health Crisis Dayana Mendoza, Latino Commission on AIDS Aubrey O’Day, Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network Cheryl Tiegs, The Farrah Fawcett Foundation Patricia Velasquez, Wayuu Taya Foundation For more go to: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/celebrity-apprentice-cast-donald-trump-276982 Celebrity Apprentice 2012 News  
January 14, 2012 On Jan 13, Team Clay (TC) tweeted a heads-up: Update! The season premiere date for #CelebrityApprentice has moved to Sunday, Feb 19, at 9pm/8c on @NBC! -TC AceShowBiz confirmed the postponement and new date. They also posted a great photo of the cast! Celebrity Apprentice 2012 News  
January 19, 2012 Clay tweeted his tickets to Adam Carolla's show at the Carolina Theatre in Durham. He was understandably nervous about Adam's show...since he expected a few jokes aimed his way. Adam mentioned Clay in the audience, then invited him backstage. Adam posted a short backstage video via "keek", which is a method to post small smartphone video clips via tweet. Click the link below to see the video. http://www.keek.com/!Da8aaab Out and about 2012 News  
January 22, 2012 Clay was announced as a judge for the Nico Castel International Master Singer Competition. Clay joins a distinguished group of judges: Jonathan Griffin, co-founder of DCINY and active conductor Nico Castel, member of the Metropolitan Opera, on faculty at Juilliard, and expert on singing and diction technique Tim Seelig, guest conductor and Director of Art for Peace and justice and former 20 year conductor of Turtle Creek Chorale Sharon Sweet, dramatic soprano for the Paris Opera and the Metropolitan Opera 2012 News   
January 26, 2012 January 26, 2012 New Upcoming Album - Steadfast! We learned of this new album by a tweet from the site http://www.pauseandplay.com. The Amazon listing confirmed an album due to be released on March 27, 2012. The label is Decca U.S. Clay confirmed the album via his fan club blog. The album will be a mixture of Tried and True songs and some new recordings of songs he's performed on tour as well as the new song "Bring Back My Love." The album can be ordered at Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Steadfast-Clay-Aiken/dp/B0071WQ8JW/ It's also available at http://amazon.ca. 2012 News   
January 27, 2012 Pauseandplay.com alerted fans that the cover art had been posted for "Steadfast." 2012 News Music Milestones  
January 29, 2012 January 29 - 31, 2012 Kelly Clarkson tweeted on Jan 29 about being at the movies with Clay (a snarky comment about being quiet at the movies). He responded with an equally snarky response. We still don't know what they saw...or if anyone needed to be slapped. Two days later, Clay and friend Quiana Parler attended Kelly's concert in Durham, NC. The News & Observer posted a great photo of him in the audience. He enjoyed the show immensely and tweeted a great picture. Kelly's response (via twitter) was "who is that sexy couple?!" Lynda Loveland of WRAL-FM also attended the show. She posted a nice backstage picture....taken by a certain Mr. Aiken (see the photographer in the mirror). Out and about list 2012 News Kelly Clarkson 
February 1, 2012 February 1, 2012 DCINY issued a press release on Clay's role in the "Reflections of Life" concert on February 20. He will be narrating the world premiere of works by Greg Gilpin. For tickets, go to http://www.carnegiehall.org. Professional/Career Events Reflections of Life  
February 14, 2012 February 14, 2012 Kelly Clarkson performed on her "Stronger" tour in Biloxi, Mississippi at the Hard Rock Biloxi. At each of her shows, she has been doing a different cover song. For Biloxi, she started "Open Arms." The crowd went wild when Clay walked out a minute later to join her. It was an amazing Valentine's Day surprise for Clay and Kelly fans, planned by two very good friends. See a good video here. Check out the wonderful hug they exchange at the end: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0raL-SpeksI&feature=youtu.be Out and about list Kelly Clarkson  
February 17, 2012 WRAL-FM posted a great interview with Clay, in two parts, on youtube. They chatted at length about Clay's upcoming Celebrity Apprentice appearance on behalf of National Inclusion Project. Clay had mulled over the idea of doing the show for a long time. He joked about the possibility that he was "the crazy one." He noted that he was the youngest man on the show by twenty years and hence had to earn the respect of the other cast members. He's made friends on the show and mentioned keeping in touch with Arsenio Hall on a daily basis. Check out the interview here: Part One: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTn_0Z0nozo&feature=youtu.be&a Part Two: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0Kr9YqLnd4&feature=youtu.be&a Radio interviews 2012 News You Tube 
February 18, 2012 Nico Castel International Master Singer Competition Weill Recital Center Carnegie Hall From the DCINY.org site: "The Jury for the Master Singer Finalist Concert in New York will include Nico Castel; Jonathan Griffith; Sharon Sweet, dramatic soprano with the MET; Tim Seelig, American composer and conductor and Musical Director of the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, and Clay Aiken, recording artist." The jury sat in the balcony to judge the singers; they came on stage at the end of the competition. Nico Castel International Master Singer Competition 2012 News  
February 19, 2012 February 19, 2012 Celebrity Apprentice 2012 Premiere The cast meets Donald Trump for the first time. Their first task is to choose team names (men vs women). After much discussion, the men choose "Unanimous" and the women choose "Forte." The first task is a traditional one - the teams must make and sell sandwiches at Cafe Metro. The team making the most in sales and tips wins the challenge. In addition, the team making the best tasting sandwich (judged by Rachel Ray) wins an additional $35,000 from Cafe Metro. Patricia Velasquez volunteers to be the project manager for Forte. Her charity is one she founded - the Wayuu Taya Foundation. For more information, go to http://www.wayuutaya.org Paul Teutel Sr. volunteers to be the project manager for Unanimous. His charity is Make A Wish Foundation. For more information, go to http://www.wish.org The game is on! Celebrity Apprentice 2012 News  
February 19, 2012 February 19, 2012 "Hero Worship" Highlights Top, left to right: The competitors meet the Trumps for the first time in Lincoln Center while a live orchestra plays. Clay laughs when Arsenio says Ruben told him "Don't be the first black man to lose to Clay." Penn Jillette and Clay greet Michael Andretti, replacing his son Marco. Center, l-r Clay in his first "confessional." Wyclef Jean stops by for a jam session with Debbie Gibson of Forte. Teresa uses her Italian cooking skills to perfect roasted red peppers. Bottom, l-r Unanimous strategizes. Clay agrees to a $5000 donation from some lovely young ladies. Adam Carolla, Arsenio Hall, Victoria Gotti, and Lisa Lampanelli bring their respective sandwiches for judging by Rachel Ray at her show. Celebrity Apprentice 2012 News  
February 19, 2012 February 19, 2012 The First Boardroom! Team Forte has made an amazing $126,962, a record for a first challenge. The women expect to win....until they learn that Team Unanimous has earned $367,120, including the $35,000 for best tasting sandwich. This included a $305,000 donation. Patricia is devastated to learn that the money earned by Team Forte will go to Team Unanimous. A total of $494,082 will go to Paul's charity Make A Wish Foundation. Thanks to the win, the men are not in danger of being fired. They celebrate back in the suite and sit back to watch the drama unfold in the board room. Patricia brings back Cheryl Tiegs and Victoria Gotti for grilling in the board room by Trump. Ultimately, he decides that Cheryl doesn't have her heart in the competition. She is the first fired. For those interested in donating to Patricia's charity, go to http://www.wayuutaya.org. For those interested in donating to Cheryl's charity (Farrah Fawcett Foundation), go to http://www.thefarrahfawcettfoundation.org/  Celebrity Apprentice 2012 News  
February 20, 2012 Reflections of Life Concert Carnegie Hall February 20, 2012 Clay hosted and narrated during Greg Gilpin's section of this amazing orchestral / choral program at Carnegie Hall.  Reflections of Life 2012 News  
February 21, 2012 Clay and Dee Snider were "in studio" together recording a duet for Dee's upcoming Broadway album. They recorded "Luck Be A Lady Tonight" from the musical "Guys and Dolls." The album is "Dee Does Broadway" and features Dee solo and in duets with various artists. It will be his take on Broadway songs. Dee is best known as the lead singer for the rock band Twisted Sister. 2012 News Singing Performances  
February 26, 2012 "Getting Medieval" The task assigned was to organize and perform a 15 minute show at Medieval Times in New Jersey. James Lipton of "Inside The Actor's Studio" was a judge along with Donald Trump Jr. and the Medieval Time's audience, which cast votes for the best performance. The Project manager for the women was Lisa Lampanelli, playing for the charity Gay Men's Health Crisis, a provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy. For more information, go to: http://www.gmhc.org The project manager for the men was Penn Jillette. His charity was Opportunity Village, a Las Vegas - based charity that provides peole with intellectual disabilities with vocational training, employment, and social recreation services. For more information go to: http://www.opportunityvillage.org Celebrity Apprentice 2012 News  
February 26, 2012 The episode starts with Paul presenting a check to a young representative of Make A Wish from the earnings from Episode 1. After the teams meet Trump and James Lipton, they set about the task of creating and performing a show. Adam Carolla is absent from this task due to a prior commitment. Project manager of Team Unanimous uses his teammate's talents - Michael is stage manager, Penn and Arsenio provide running commentary and jokes, George narrates, and Lou and Paul engage in mock battle over the lovely "Lady Dee Dee" who is accompanied by her melodious troubadour Clay of Aiken. Lisa Lampanelli of Team Forte organizes the ladies into "The Unreal Housewives of Camelot" (with a bit of Jersey Shore thrown in). Celebrity Apprentice 2012 News  
February 26, 2012 The teams are brought into the boardroom and quizzed about who should leave. There is tension from Lou when Penn reluctantly names him and George. James and Donald Jr. go through the results from Medieval Times. The men win the "popular" vote and also receive high marks from James Lipton who praises the casting, high energy, and execution of the performance. The women also received praise for a fun concept. Team Unanimous wins $20,000 from Apprentice and a matching $20,000 from Medieval Times for Penn's charity, Opportunity Village. The men leave and the women participate in a *spirited* discussion. Lisa brings back Victoria Gotti for not stepping up to the stage manager role; she also brings back Dayana at Aubrey's suggestion. Trump decides to fire Victoria. Victoria's charity is the Association to Benefit Children, an association focusing on disadvantaged children. If you want to donate, go to: http://www.a-b-c.org/ Celebrity Apprentice 2012 News  
March 4, 2012 All of the Trumps - Donald sr., Donald jr., Ivanka, and Eric - are in the boardroom. Dayana refuses to name the two she would bring back. Eric tries to get Clay to talk about George's management, based on Clay's lack of "poker face" the day before. Clay praises George for his gay rights advocacy and for his management. Ivanka makes her decision. The women win this round. The men are criticized for a confusing day presentation (is Clay the boss or assistant) and a poorly visible night presentation (choice of midnight blue background was ill-advised). However, she praised Paul's logo display. George brings back Arsenio who takes the responsibility for the fashion choices, including the trench coat that Clay chose! (not discussed on the show but in his post-show blog). He also brought back Lou who felt underutilized. Ultimately, George takes responsibility and he is fired. He gives a classy exit speech in the cab. Celebrity Apprentice 2012 News  
March 4, 2012 "How Much Is that Celebrity In The Window" The task given was to create a "living window" display for the Ivanka Trump Collection. The women choose Dayana Mendoza as the Project Manager due to her modeling experience. Her charity is the Latino Commission on AIDS. For more information, go to: http://www.latinoaids.org The men choose George Takei as project manager. His charity is the Japanese American National Museum. For more information, go to: http://www.janm.org Who will create the best window displays? Celebrity Apprentice 2012 News  
March 4, 2012 The teams receive the task and immediately start strategizing. The men decide to do an Ivanka by Day window in which Clay plays the assistant to three business women, played by twins (Penn's idea). The other window is Ivanka by Night in which Arsenio is on the red carpet interviewing the other half of twins in evening wear. Arsenio, Clay, George, Penn shop for clothes while Paul, Adam, Lou, Michael work on the set. Dee is in emergency surgery to put four pins in his finger (broken two days previous). Team Forte decides to do a clock theme but has to adjust at the last minute when they have a printing snafu. Aubrey steps up with a last minute scenario to re-envision the ladies' windows. Both teams put together visually striking displays. The men have a set back when George has difficulty presenting the window, forgetting Clay's name briefly. Celebrity Apprentice 2012 News  
March 11, 2012 "Failure to Launch" Boardroom The Trumps are critical of the decision to make Adam project manager. Michael points out he knows cars but is not a host. Adam was very confident in the men's presentation. When asked who he would bring back, he said emphatically "No one" and said it didn't matter because the men's team won. But all contestants, including the women, are shocked to learn that the women's team was judged by the Trumps and Buick to have won the challenge. Lou received criticism from Unanimous but Adam still refused to bring back two team members. Hence, Trump decided to fire two people! In a decision sure to cause controversy, he fired Adam, then Michael. Celebrity Apprentice 2012 News  
March 11, 2012 "Failure to Launch" Highlights The episode starts with a tearful Dayana presenting a check to the Latino Commission on AIDS. The teams meet Trump and Buick executives, who expect Michael Andretti to be project manager. However, Michael suggests Adam as manager. The execs ask for a presentation that is witty but not "beer commercial" funny. Adam is clearly leading the show. But he and the team craft an information packed and fun presentation. It is clear that Adam knows cars! And Michael is brought on stage for his perspective. The men use "heckling" to bring out the points of the car. Despite initial reservations it may rely too much on humor, the men leave feeling they've done a great job. The women use "auditions" for their presentation, focusing on theme "We are Buick" and also that the car is their "reflection." Celebrity Apprentice 2012 News  
March 11, 2012 "Failure to Launch" Synopsis The teams are tasked with launching the Buick Verano to a live and an online audience. Debbie Gibson volunteers as the project manager for Forte. Her charity is Children International, which helps children around the world overcome the burdens of poverty. For more information, go to: http://www.children.org It is clear that Donald Trump expects Michael Andretti to volunteer, but he suggests Adam Carolla as project manager. Adam's charity is Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters, which helps children through mentoring. For more information, go to: http://www.catholicbigbrothers.org Celebrity Apprentice 2012 News  
March 17, 2012 Tyra Banks visited Raleigh, NC, as the keynote speaker for the Womens Empowerment 2012 conference at the PNC center (sponsored by Radio One). This event focuses on enhancing the lives of African American women by addressing health, relationship, and lifestyle issues. Clay attended the event to support his friend Tyra and tweeted this cute picture, featuring Tyra in a trademark modeling pose, the "tooch", a pose that accentuates the butt by "popping" it out. Out and about list 2012 News  
March 18, 2012 Boardroom - The men are grilled about Lou's success as a project manager. Clay says Lou gave "120 percent." Paul is named by Dee as a weak player but it is pointed out that Paul came up with the concept. Lou says he would bring back Paul and Penn. The situation between Clay and Penn is discussed. Clay repeats his statement that Penn is condescending but also notes Penn is hardworking. Clay supports Paul as a strong player. Trump asks Clay whether Idol or Apprentice is harder; Clay says Apprentice! The men are told they have won. They go back to watch the women. There is tension among the women as they criticize Dayana, Theresa, and Tia. Aubrey makes some comments about Tia's age that cause the men to go "Oh, no she didn't!" Finally, Tia asks Trump if she doesn't bring anyone back whether he will fire two. He says no; she then takes full responsibility and is fired. She makes a dignified exit. Celebrity Apprentice 2012 News  
March 18, 2012 "I'm Going To Mop The Floor With You" Highlights The episode starts with Debbie presenting $50K to the grateful representatives from Children International. After receiving their task, the teams strategize. Penn stresses the men's team by shooting down all the ideas. A frustrated Clay tells him he's being condescending. Paul comes up with the idea of "I'm going to mop the floor with you." The team gets to work. While shopping, Clay and Arsenio talk out the situation with Penn. On the women's team, Dayana is trying to have input but is just annoying Aubrey. Their concept is "what's your number" referring to mops but with a slightly naughty double meaning. The men work together to help Lou. Clay helps Lou with his speech and some dance moves. Lou is an excellent dancer and does a great job. The final video looks great. The women's video is cute....but excludes Dayana. Clay and Penn attempt to work out their differences (unsuccessfully). Celebrity Apprentice 2012 News  
March 18, 2012 "I'm Going To Mop The Floor With You" The teams are tasked with creating a viral video to promote the O-Cedar Pro-Mist mop. The prize is $20K from Apprentice and $30K from O-Cedar. Lou and Tia both step up to the plate as project managers as both feel they have something to prove to Trump and their teams. Tia's charity is After School All-Stars Hawaii. This charity provides after-school programs that keep children safe and help them succeed. For more information, go to: http://www.kintera.org/site/c.nuIXL7MNJtE/b.5332073/k.BDCE/Home.htm Lou's charity is the Muscular Dystrophy Association. This organization is dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related diseases. For more information, go to: http://www.mda.org Celebrity Apprentice 2012 News  
March 25, 2012 All the men are complimentary of their party and praised Clay's management. This makes it tough for Clay to name two to bring back. He reluctantly names Dee....then manages to name both Lou and Paul as well (giving Trump three names). Aubrey is confident of a win....and is stunned when the men win. She starts crying and Trump offers to give her charity $10K. Clay apologizes to his teammates for naming them. He explains how much the money means for including campers with disabilities into camp programs. Aubrey brings back Dayana and Patricia. Both Aubrey and Patricia want Dayana to be fired...but Trump fires Patricia Velasquez for failing on the Crystal Lite branding. Celebrity Apprentice 2012 News  
March 25, 2012 Honda Grand Prix Clay and Aubrey O'Day were invited by the Andretti family to sing the National Anthem at the Honda Grand Prix in St. Petersburg, Florida. The anthem was not televised but the race organizers posted video to their youtube channel. Watch and listen at the link below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSmMh_PQLAQ Clay and Aubrey were given a tour of "behind the scenes" at the race track by the Andretti family and by race driver Doug Boles. Honda Grand Prix  YouTube Link 
March 25, 2012 The episode starts with Lou presenting a $50K check for MDA to a charming young MDA representative. The men set out to create a beach theme to fit the "Life's a Peach" theme. They assemble a lively party with sand on the floor, tiki bars, surfboards, soul train lines, Hawaiian shirts, a lovely Under The Boardwalk singalong, and limbo. The women focus on an upscale party. Debbie Gibson writes, records, and sings a new song for Crystal Lite. Celebrity Apprentice 2012 News  
March 25, 2012 The task was to create a launch party for a new Crystal Lite "mocktail flavor". The women choose "Pomtini"; the men choose "Peach Bellini." Aubrey O'Day was the project manager for Forte. Her charity is the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education network. This charity focuses on anti-bullying and tolerance efforts in schools. For more information, go to: http://www.glsen.org Clay was the project manager for Unanimous. His charity was National Inclusion Project. This charity helps recreational programs for children implement inclusion. For more information, go to: http://www.inclusionproject.org Celebrity Apprentice 2012 News  
March 26, 2012 Clay appeared on the 4th hour of the Today Show for an interview with cohosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. They had appeared visiting the Unanimous party on Apprentice the previous evening. We got a peek at Clay in the green room, chowing down very enthusiastically on muffins (one in each hand, with a basket of them in front). Clay discussed Celebrity Apprentice, saying it was 20 times harder than American Idol. He wore his hoodie for the interview in silent memory for Trayvon Martin and said he was hoping for justice in that case. He finished with a discussion of his new CD, Steadfast, being released that day. The Today Show Television Show List  
March 27, 2012 Clay was interviewed by A. J. Hammer. They discussed a variety of topics, including his new compilation album Steadfast, the Miss Universe transgender contestant controvery, and the Trayvon Martin case. Showbiz Tonight Television Show List  
March 27, 2012 Watch What Happens Live! Clay appeared on Andy Cohen's late night show on Bravo. Andy is known for provocative questions, including a "Take the Fifth" segment. Clay answered all of Andy's questions, including who would be "pitchy" on American Idol and answered honestly about having chin liposuction. The other guest was Jenna Jameson, adult film star, so it was an interesting evening! Bravo Network Television  
March 29, 2012 VH1 Big Morning Buzz - Interview Clay had a great chat with VH1 hostess Carrie Keagan. He was very chatty; They discussed Bring Back My Love, Steadfast, the origin of the term "chach", how the producers coaxed that out of him on the Apprentice show, his relationship with Penn Jillette, his board room strategy (and how it disappears when you're in the board room), and his unexpected collaboration with Dee Snider on Dee's Broadway album. VH1 showed some great graphics to promote Clay, the album, and the National Inclusion Project. VH1 Television  
March 29, 2012 VH1 "Pass The Bowl" The VH1 "Pass The Bowl" Tumblr blog asks questions of celebrities that were submitted by previous celebrities. Clay was asked about his favorite "housewife." His answer - Teresa Giudice, his Apprentice castmate. Check out the original blog here: http://vh1.tumblr.com/post/20118334941/pass-the-bowl-is-vh1s-ongoing-interview-series VH1 Television  
April 1, 2012 Clay was able to surprise Kristy Barnes White of National Inclusion Project at an inclusion activity at Camp Combe YMCA in Putnam Valley, New York. He joined the children participating and then presented Kristy with a $20,000 check from Celebrity Apprentice and another one from Crystal Lite. This is the money won by Team Unanimous for the Crystal Lite Launch party. Clay explained the mission of the National Inclusion Project, which is the inclusion of all children. Celebrity Apprentice 2012 News  
April 1, 2012 The teams are shocked to be switched up. Dee, Lou, and Penn are sent to Forte; Aubrey and Theresa join Unanimous. They set to work on the task, which is a presentation and a box to hold the Walk With Walgreens kit. Clay suggests a game show idea, which Unanimous implements. Arsenio has a difficult time managing Aubrey and getting her to follow his directions although her ideas are good. They argue over the picture and quote for Arsenio's side of the box. The presentation goes well, although the executives thought it was too fact-based. Clay proves he would be an amazing announcer. Forte focuses on activities that can be done while walking, using their team to demonstrate. Lou's introduction is very good and inspirational. The executives loved him. However, they hated Forte's box, which included words like "itching." A tired Penn makes the mistake of saying "Walmart" instead of "Walgreens". Alison Sweeney (Biggest Loser) was a judge Celebrity Apprentice 2012 News  
April 1, 2012 The teams learn that the women won for the best guidebook, despite his praise for the men's book. He loved the cover of the women's book and the content of the men's book. The men argue about the Blue Man Group donation. Penn argues that Blue Man Group "doesn't handle money" and was fine with the delivery; Clay was upset that so much money was lost. Trump agreed with Clay. When the winning team is announced, it is learned that the men have won by just $14! Dee is happy that he will be able to deliver a large check ($326,000) to the March of Dimes. Theresa brings back Dayana and Debbie to the boardroom. Trump decided to fire Debbie for bringing in the least money. However, Aubrey, who was not brought back, brought in the least money to Forte in the task. Debbie jokes that Trump can't fire her from being Debbie Gibson in her exit interview. Celebrity Apprentice 2012 News  
April 1, 2012 The teams took different approaches. Team Unanimous stayed within Trump Tower to take pictures and write their book. They focused on neighborhoods (i.e. East side, etc). In contrast, the members of Forte took to the streets of New York to photograph and write about their favorite places (bakeries, theatres, tourist attractions). They all started dialling their contacts to see who would donate a large sum to buy a book! On the day of the sale, the teams took to the streets of NYC to sell their guidebooks. Penn Jillette invited Blue Man group to their booth and to make a demonstration. This was entertaining but their method of money delivery (blowing it from a leaf blower) caused a riot when bystanders scrambled to grab the cash. Clay, who was knocked down and who had people grabbing money from him, estimated that less than half was returned to Team Unanimous. He was very unhappy with the chaos. Celebrity Apprentice 2012 News  
April 1, 2012 The teams were switched up! Aubrey and Theresa moved to Unanimous; Penn, Lou, and Dee moved to Forte. The teams were tasked with creating a live presentation and designing a box for the Walk With Walgreens program and kit. Walk With Walgreens is a new program designed to promote fitness through walking. Lou Ferrigno was the project manager for Forte (his second time as manager). His charity is the Muscular Dystrophy Association. This organization is dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related diseases. For more information, go to: http://www.mda.org It was Arsenio Hall's first time as project manager. His charity is the Magic Johnson Foundation. This foundation works to develop programs and to support organizations that address the needs of urban communities, including prevention, detection, treatment of HIV / AIDS and improving educational opportunities. For more information, go to http://magicjohnson.com/foundation Celebrity Apprentice 2012 News  
April 1, 2012 The teams were tasked with using Toshiba tablets to create a New York City guidebook, which they would then sell. They would be judged on best book and most money raised. Theresa Giudice was the project manager for Team Forte. Her charity is NephCure, which focuses on research and treatment for certain kidney diseases. For more info, go to: http://www.nephcure.org Dee Snider volunteered for Unanimous. His charity, March of Dimes, focuses on the prevention of birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. This is personal to him as two of his four children were born prematurely. For more information on March of Dimes, go to: http://www.marchofdimes.com Celebrity Apprentice 2012 News  
April 1, 2012 Trump quizzes Unanimous. Aubrey takes credit for Arsenio's quote; Arsenio gets angry. Arsenio, Clay, and Paul all agree that Aubrey should be the one fired and that Theresa is a team player; Aubrey is not. Unanimous wins! Arsenio's charity, the Magic Johnson foundation, will receive $20,000 from Apprentice and $30,000 from Walgreens. But the team is fractured. Aubrey unexpectedly leaves. Clay advises a confused Theresa to let Aubrey do what she wants. Back in the war room, Arsenio tearfully talks about his cousin Sharon who died of AIDS. He is so emotional that he won for the Magic Johnson Foundation, which will bring mobile HIV testing units to urban communities. Forte is left to face Trump. Lou brings back Dayana and Dee even though Penn made the Walmart/Walgreens mistake. Trump says that the executives hated the box that Dee designed. Unfortunately, that causes him to fire Dee. Celebrity Apprentice 2012 News  
April 8, 2012 Lou and Lisa got into an ugly argument in the board room over rude comments made by Lisa after the last board room. In contrast, Unanimous presents a united front. The teams view each other's commercials. Clay is proud of the Unanimous commercial. However, Lou upsets his team when he says that he likes the other team's commercial better because they cast some of their team. He had wanted to be cast. However, Trump asks if maybe Penn could have been cast. When Paul is asked about strong players, he named Clay as someone who was an all-around talent. Unanimous won the challenge. Entertainment.com liked their commercial better. Hence Theresa's charity will receive $60,000. Dayana sends Penn to safety. Lisa and Lou continue their argument. Trump fires Lou. He tells Trump he doesn't want to be fired but Trump says his decision is final. Celebrity Apprentice 2012 News  
April 8, 2012 The episode opened with Arsenio skyping friend Magic Johnson to inform him of the donation won from last week's task. They completed the call with a celebratory "head bump." Arsenio apologized to Aubrey for his choice of language to her. Then the teams set about scripting and casting their commercials. Forte went with a suggestion from Dayana for a cute love story aided by coupons. Unanimous came up with the concept of a Dad and daughter who used old and new styles of couponing. Clay wrote a script that was quite racy and funny and filled with double entendres. Paul, who was cast as the dad, was a good sport about being made to look dweeby; Aubrey played his daughter. The executives seemed to love both Forte's and Unanimous's videos. Celebrity Apprentice 2012 News  
April 8, 2012 The teams are challenged to create a 60 second commercial for Entertainment.com, showing their online applications (computer, smart phone, etc alternatives to their coupon books). Dayana volunteered to project manage for Forte, even before her group had a chance to huddle. Her charity is the Latino Commission on AIDS. For more information, go to: http://www.latinoaids.org Unanimous all agreed that Theresa should be project manager. Her charity is NephCure. For more information, go to: http://www.nephcure.org Celebrity Apprentice 2012 News  
April 15, 2012 Forte was judged to have the best puppet show. Clay was praised by Penn and Lisa for his puppetry and improv. The Forte win meant that Lisa won $20,000 for her charity, Gay Men's Health Crisis. She joked with Clay in the war room that she didn't know how to turn on the TV to watch the board room, since she wasn't used to winning. Paul had not been able to participate fully in his task for Unanimous due to a bad back that flared up. Sadly, he was fired. Celebrity Apprentice 2012 News  
April 15, 2012 "Puppet Up" Synopsis The teams are shaken up again as Clay is moved from Unanimous to Forte. The task is to design two puppets and to perform with the Henson Alternative "Stuffed and Unstrung" Improvisional troupe for an adult aucience. Lisa Lampanelli volunteers to be the project manager for Forte. Her charity is the Gay Men's Health Crisis. For more information, go to: http://www.gmhc.org No on on Unanimous feels comfortable managing a puppet project. Paul Teutul sr. steps forward to take it on. His charity is the Make A Wish Foundation. For more information, go to: http://www.wish.org Celebrity Apprentice 2012 News  
April 15, 2012 Trump delivers the task in FAO Schwartz. He sends Clay to Forte to even up the teams. Clay is glad to volunteer as a puppeteer. He had experience from church! Lisa is the other puppeter for Forte; Penn is the host. Dayana is great at puppet design but is upset at being left out by Lisa. On Unanimous, Theresa struggles with the rules of "improv" and opening the puppet's mouth with each syllable. However, Arsenio does a great job and Aubrey is a good host. Paul has a bad back, which prevents him from doing more than supervising. Clay is an amazing puppeteer and improv artist. Lisa is funny and Penn is a good host although doesn't cut off some sketches at the right time. The show goes extremely well, even though Clay and Lisa get a bit naughty with their jokes. But they know they "killed" from the audience's great response. This included Brian Henson and Patrick Bristow from the Stuffed and Unstrung improv troupe. Celebrity Apprentice 2012 News  
April 22, 2012 Clay was very complimentary of the team. Lisa praised Clay's project management skills saying that he was one of her two top project managers, the other being Aubrey. The executives agreed that Forte's display was beautiful. However, they hated the slogan that Penn suggested "You earned it" saying that it was pompous. They also loved Unanimous's takeaways, which Forte did not have. Unanimous wins. But Trump decides to award $40K to Aubrey and $10 K to each of the others since he considered they all performed well. Clay sent Lisa to safety. That left him, Dayana, and Penn in danger of being fired. He kept Dayana there based on history despite a good performance on the task; he brought in Penn based on the slogan although he though Penn should stay going forward. He commented on Penn's reluctance to take on the project. Trump fired Penn because he said the execs hated the slogan. 2012 News Celebrity Apprentice  
April 22, 2012 The episode begins with Lisa eating lunch with representatives of Gay Mens' Health crisis and presenting them with a $20K check. The teams set to work. Despite Penn's claims at task presentation that he had no ideas, he strongly pitches definite ideas about the design and slogan. Clay, who is leading by consensus, agrees. Both teams use a cityscape design. Forte uses the beautiful Dayana Mendoza as a model plus a male model wearing a Trump tie. Unanimous uses Eric Trump as a model for a silhouette of a young Donald Trump. At the presentation, Clay presents a short straightforward presentation. The execs expect him to continue. His team does not offer any additional comments, even when asked. Celebrity Apprentice 2012 News  
April 22, 2012 The teams are invited to Donald Trump's palatial, gilt-edged apartment. They are assigned the task of creating a display to market his cologne "Success." The prize is $20K but with a potential bonus to $100K for a fantastic display. Penn declined to be project manager, so Clay took it on for Forte. He was playing for "National Inclusion Project." For more information, go to: http://www.inclusionproject.org Aubrey was the project manager for Unanimous. She was playing for the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network. For more information, go to: http://www.glsen.org 2012 News Celebrity Apprentice  
April 29, 2012 Aubrey presented some young representatives and Eliza Byard of GLSEN with a check from her previous win. The teams set about the task of creating and recording their jingle. Forte agrees immediately that Clay needed to be the singer. Clay and Lisa wanted to do a 60s theme and style but first had to convince project manager Dayana. It was difficult for her to communicate on the music since she described music as "colors". Although she did not have a music background, she attempted to manage the music and presentation portion of the project. This frustrated Clay. However, their Good Sam jingle and presentation was very well done. Team Unanimous used Aubrey as the lead singer; their presentation started with a skit as a couple (Arsenio and Teresa) lost, and finding help with the Good Sam App (which arrived in the form of Aubrey as a cheerleader). Arsenio also included some rap in their presentation. Celebrity Apprentice Television Show List  
May 8, 2012 Clay was a featured performer at the Family Equality Council gala. This year's theme was "A Night at the Pier". Clay sang "This Is the Moment" and "Home." Between songs, he gave a short speech, in which he emphasized the importance of the work of the Family Equality Council. He also referred to being disappointed by the passing of Amendment One in North Carolina that day, hence the continued need for the work of groups like Family Equality Council. Family Equality Council Other Charities, Committees and Foundations  
May 8, 2012 CNN Interview with Brooke Baldwin Clay was interviewed remotely from North Carolina and passionately discussed the issues surrounding Amendment One, which would limit rights of same sex and unmarried couples in North Carolina, regardless of sexual orientation. He also discussed how his mother and brother were against the amendment, despite being representative of Republican voters, because they understood the need for equality. He ended by hoping that President Obama would "evolve faster" on the issue but noted his support for the president. CNN Television  
May 10, 2012 Clay was interviewed by Piers Morgan of CNN. They discussed the passage of amendment one in North Carolina. Clay said it was disappointing that it passed but that the energy and upset from North Carolina's election may have influenced President Obama to announce his support for same sex marriage. Clay discussed how North Carolina voters may just now be realizing that the amendment affects more than same-sex marriage. He also noted that divorce rates were lower in states with same-sex marriage. Piers Morgan Tonight Television Show List CNN Video 
May 10, 2012 Interview on the Ed Schultz show, MSNBC Clay was invited on Ed Schultz's show on MSNBC as a representative of GLSEN, the Gay Lesbian Straight Education network. Stephen Hill, a gay soldier who had been booed at one of the televised Republican debates, was also invited. They discussed their reactions on President Obama's recent support for gay marriage, their thoughts on the impact of his statement for LGBT youth, and also for their reactions to Mitt Romney's apology regarding a bullying incident from his high school days. Fred Bronson @fredbronson summed up the appearance in a tweet to Clay: @ClayAiken Enjoyed your appearance on The Ed Show. Well spoken, as always. Hope you are doing great. MSNBC Television  
May 12, 2012  Team Clay Presentation After the parties, the curtain drops between the parties to reveal a stage. Clay and Arsenio show their PSAs for National Inclusion Project and The Magic Johnson Foundation. Harboring Hearts Gala Other Charities, Committees and Foundations  
May 13, 2012 Face The Nation Bob Schieffer invited Clay as a panelist on the topic of legalization of same-sex marriage. In addition to Clay, the panel included Evan Wolfson (Freedom to Marry), Bush advisor Mark McKinnon, Ted Olsen (Newsweek contributor) and Tony Perkins (Family Research Council.) Clay argued in support of same-sex marriage; Perkins argued against.  Face The Nation 2012 Year at a Glance http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-3460_162-57433357/tony-perkins-obama-same-sex-stance-gives-romney-missing-piece-of-intensity/?tag=morningLeadStoriesAreaMain;ftnLeadHero 
May 13, 2012 The teams put together PSAs for their projects. Clay and team have difficulty finding a suitable outside location for their PSA. Arsenio and Adam discover that there may have been a miscommunication with Adam's west coast film team for the filming of the video footage they needed. Celebrity Apprentice Television Show List  
May 15, 2012  "And Then There Were Two" Choosing the Teams! For the final challenge, eight celebrities were brought back to help. Clay and Arsenio were allowed to choose their teams. Arsenio chose Adam, Lisa, Paul, and Theresa. Clay chose Penn, Dee, Debbie, and Aubrey. Both were happy with their choices. Celebrity Apprentice 2012 News  
May 20, 2012 Clay and Arsenio duet on the classic song "Lean on Me." They were backed by the wonderful Vy Higgensen' Gospel for Teens Choir. The choir really appeared to enjoy and respect Clay's vocals on the song! Check out the youtube of the song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWlj8b_Qf88 Celebrity Apprentice Television Show List You Tube Link 
May 20, 2012 Clay and team present a carnival theme to illustrate National Inclusion Project and the "Let's All Play" program. Arsenio and team go with an upscale cocktail party. Clay demonstrates his hoola hoop and plate spinning skills! Celebrity Apprentice Television Show List  
May 22, 2012 Harboring Hearts Gala Harboring Hearts Gala Other Charities, Committees and Foundations  
June 16, 2012 Great American Songbook Gala Center For the Performing Arts Carmel, Indiana From the announcement: "Michael Feinstein, the Center’s artistic director, will be joined by Clay Aiken in a tribute to Barry Manilow, with Lari White singing hits by Marilyn and Alan Bergman, and Andrea McArdle performing Cole Porter tunes. Together, the vocalists will honor the inductees’ musical contributions to the Great American Songbook. Barry Manilow, Cole Porter and the songwriting duo of Alan and Marilyn Bergman (creators of Barbra Streisand’s greatest movie scores including The Way We Were and Yentl) are the inaugural class of the Great American Songbook Hall of Fame. " "“I’ve had comparisons drawn to him for years, and I’ve always said ‘if I can have a career that lasts a third as long as Barry’s career has lasted, I’ll be happy,’” said Aiken, who added that he had Manilow’s hairstyle for a while, too.  Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative Singing Performances  
June 26, 2012 June 26, 2012 Senator and Mrs. John McCain threw a party of NYC's Southern Hospitality and Steak House in honor of their daughter Meghan McCain's new book America, You Sexy Bitch!, cowritten by comic actor Michael Ian Black. Clay was among the invited guests. There were many media representatives there, including Mediaite's Tommy Christopher, pictured with Clay. For more information on the event, go to: http://www.mediaite.com/online/the-stars-come-out-for-meghan-mccains-america-you-sexy-bitch/#0 Meghan McCain Book Party   
September 28, 2012 GLSEN (Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network) posted an interview with Clay that was filmed when he attended the May 21, 2012 GLSEN Respect Awards. The interview was conducted by Brian Gerald Murphy. Clay discussed how he grew up in an environment and went to school where it wasn't welcoming to LGBT students; he said he would have loved an organization like GLSEN in his school.  GLSEN - Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network Other Charities, Committees and Foundations GLSEN Respect Awards Interview 
September 29, 2012 Clay was the featured guest performer at UNICEF's Water For Life Gala in Calgary, Canada. This was a special 20th anniversary celebration to mark UNICEF galas. UNICEF Canada's president David Morley gave a keynote speech, which emphasized the need for clean drinking water for the world's children. This was a sold out private event so we do not have too many details but some attendees tweeted their appreciation for his performance and a few pictures. He performed a selection of standards, including I Can't Make You Love Me, Build Me Up Buttercup, Unchained Melody, and songs to a Canadian montage. Events - UNICEF Singing Performances  
October 18, 2012 Clay was a guest at Tyra Bank's "Flawsome Ball." This is Tyra's gala to support the Tyra Banks T-zone at East side Girls' Clubs. This program is designed to help teen and pre-teen girls develop self-esteem and prepare to be entrepeneurs and change-makers. Clay performed with Simon Doonan by performing "Mad-Libs." He also contributed a singing lesson for Tyra's auction! (online at charitybuzz) Tzone Foundation Other Charities, Committees and Foundations  
October 20, 2012 The National Inclusion project held its 2012 gala at the National Theatre in Washington, DC. In addition to Clay, his friends Ruben Studdard, Debbie Gibson, and host Arsenio Hall were there to help. Dee Snider, who could not attend in person, sent a videotaped introduction of an honoree. Award recipients were: Bridget Brown, who has Down syndrome, and mother, Nancy Brown, - public speakers and advocates for those with disabilities. Loretta Claiborne, born partially blind and with intellectual disabilities, - an accomplished marathon runner. Steven Eidelman - a former executive director of ARC, former President of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and current senior advisor to the Special Olympics. Founder's Awards were given to Shelley Anderson and to Dr. Priscilla Brown. Clay sang Everything I Don't Need, The Real Me, and To Love Somebody. Ruben sang Superstar and sang a song from his album Love Is together with backup harmony from Clay. Debbie and Clay dueted on Lost in Your Eyes. Arsenio was a funny host. He served as coauctioneer with Clay and auctioned to two fans a chance to sit in with the "Dog pound" when Clay performs on Arsenio's upcoming late night show. The Send a Child to camp auction was another highlight of the auction. Here is Debbie Gibson's nice video recap of the event: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151346093747039 2013 Champions of Change Gala - Washington, D.C.   
October 27, 2012 "The Endangered List" A satirical comedy special written, produced by and featuring comedian D.L. Hughley. D.L. and Clay had previously met on the Jimmy Kimmel show in the fall of 2003. D.L.'s special was a thought-provoking comedy documentary on the problems facing black men today, referring to them as "endangered." At the end of the show, he spoofed celebrity PSA's by enlisting Clay, Jennifer Tilley and Howie Mandel to urge viewers to "Save the Black Man." But first he fired Dennis Haysbert for not being "alabaster enough." This clip from the show was also featured on the Funny Or Die website. "The Endangered List" Television Funny or Die 
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