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Wake Education Partnership seeking nominations for WCPSS Hall of Fame

Who should be in the first class of the Wake County Public School System Hall of Fame?

As part of its 30th anniversary celebration, the Wake Education Partnership is creating a WCPSS Hall of Fame to honor "former students or employees who served in the district for an appreciable amount of time." The categories are Education, Business, The Arts, Athletics and Community Service.

In terms of former students, it looks like the group wants alumni "who went on to do great things in business, education, the arts and other fields." You could see people like Scotty McCreery, Clay Aiken and Josh Hamilton.

What to Watch on Thursday: Season finales for 'Glee,' 'Community' and 'Person of Interest'

American Idol (8pm, Fox) - The top two finalists are revealed in a results show that also features performances by Alicia Keys and "Idol" alum Lauren Alaina.

Community (8pm, NBC) - In the Season 4 finale, Jeff ponders the future after he receives enough credits to graduate. Elsewhere, the group revisit the darkest timeline.

Glee (9pm, Fox) - In the Season 4 finale, the glee club performs at Regionals with newfound determination to advance in the competition. Meanwhile, Brittany comes back from MIT with a new attitude, Blaine shops for an engagement ring and Ryder learns more about his "catfish." Patty Duke and Meredith Baxter guest star.

The Office (9pm, NBC) - The staffers anticipate the TV premiere of their documentary and Andy attends auditions for "The Next Great A Cappella Singer." Clay Aiken, Mark McGrath and Santigold guest star. Next week's 75-minute episode is the show's series finale.

Person of Interest (9pm, CBS) - The second season ends with Finch and Reese working alongside unexpected allies to save the Machine from Root and the Decima organization. Meanwhile, Finch's relationship with Nathan Ingram is discovered, along with his original motivations for wanting to save the irrelevant numbers from the Machine.

Monumental Mysteries (9pm, Travel) - A new series exploring the history behind America's national monuments starts with stories about a tombstone in New England, a famous con artist and Alcatraz.

Scandal (10pm, ABC) - A major crisis (Mellie's televised interview revealing Fitz's infidelity) rocks the White House and Cyrus is caught in the middle of it. Also, Olivia and her team are the victims of a shocking betrayal.

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Clay Aiken guest stars on penultimate episode of 'The Office'


Heads up, Clay Aiken fans: The Raleigh-based singer is guest starring on Thursday night's penultimate one-hour episode of "The Office" (9 p.m., NBC).

We're not sure exactly what Clay is doing in the episode, but since part of the plot involves Andy auditioning for a singing competition called "The Next Great A Cappella Sensation," we're guessing Clay might be some sort of judge. Especially considering singers Mark McGrath and Santigold are also in the episode.

You can also catch Clay in the local theatre production of "The Drowsy Chaperone" at the North Carolina Memorial Auditorium right now (May 7-12).

The one-hour 75-minute series finale of "The Office" airs next Thursday at 9. The show's producers swear Michael Scott (Steve Carrell) isn't returning, but we're hearing that Kelly (Mindy Kaling and Ryan (B.J. Novak) will be featured.

Clay Aiken and Fantasia Barrino return to 'American Idol'

North Carolina is getting plenty of exposure on "American Idol" this season.

2011 winner Scotty McCreery performed on "Idol" last week, and the show welcomes back 2003 runner-up Clay Aiken (left) and 2004 winner Fantasia Barrino tomorrow night.

Both Barrino and Aiken are scheduled to perform. Barrino has a new single out called "Lose to Win."

"American Idol" airs on Fox at 8 p.m. on Thursday.

So much for those N.C. 'Idol' contenders this year

North Carolina residents hoping for the next Scotty McCreery, Fantasia Barrino or Clay Aiken on this season of "American Idol" are likely disappointed with the show's Top 20 males and Top 20 females.

Two Tar Heel residents were sent packing before the final cut to the Top 40, which was shown Thursday night.

Particularly surprising was the elimination of Kez Ban, right, a 27-year-old street musician and fire performer from Durham. Kez Ban had received a lot of airtime earlier this season because she was like no one else — a quirky troubadour wearing boots wrapped in crime-scene tape. But her unique voice blew the judges away.

Clay Aiken talks about respecting Donald Trump (but wishing he'd be quiet)

We had a fun chat today with pop singer and Raleigh native Clay Aiken about his upcoming Christmas concert at the DPAC (more on that coming next week).

Clay is a fun interview. He's always chatty and funny and he laughs a lot. So naturally, I took advantage of his friendly disposition to ask him about coming in second on "Celebrity Apprentice" earlier this year, and also, what he thinks about some of the recent controversy that show's host, Donald Trump, has created with comments about President Obama and the presidential election.

Here's a bit of our conversation, in Q&A form.

Q: Were you surprised you didn't win "Celebrity Apprentice?"

CLAY: Weren't we all?! I felt I shouldn't be surprised because I think that's just my lot in life. I think second place is really where I belong. And I will never get in a competition with a black man again, that's for sure! I knew going into 'Apprentice' that it was a very arbitrary show, and that [winning] wasn't necessarily based on one thing or the other. I love Arsenio [Hall] and I couldn't be any more happy for him. I think it's great that he won. He and I are still friends and we stay in touch. I did think I had it, but like I said, I knew it was arbitrary, and let's not lie to ourselves, you know, Mr. Trump's judgment is not always pristine. And we know that it has a lot to do with branding.

Scotty McCreery's Christmas CD lands in Billboard Top 5

Even though we haven't celebrated Halloween yet, enough Scotty McCreery fans are apparently in the Christmas spirit to push his holiday CD into the Billboard Top 5 in its first week of sales.

"Christmas with Scotty McCreery," released last week, debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The CD, which features the Garner "American Idol" winner singing holiday classics and a couple of new songs, sold 41,000 copies in its first week.

The chart was topped by another country singer, Jason Aldean, whose "Night Train" debuted with 409,000 copies sold. Mumford & Sons' "Babel" ranked second, and Brandy's "Two Eleven" debuted in third.

'American Chopper' star Paul Sr. brings some tough (and gruff) to Cary

The tough -- and occasionally gruff -- reality star Paul Teutul Sr. was in Cary today, presenting Cary resident Antonio Evans with a custom chopper.

Paul Sr., star of "American Chopper" and "The Celebrity Apprentice," designed and built the bike, which was won by Evans in a national contest sponsored by Mobil 1 and Advance Auto Parts.

Paul Sr. also had some nice things to say about his pal from "Celebrity Apprentice," Clay Aiken.

Here's the full story from Saturday's News & Observer. Below are a few extra photos from the event.

Click below for more photos.

'American Idol' auditions come to Charlotte

The last time “American Idol” held auditions in North Carolina -- Greensboro in 2005 -- the state ended up with three singers in that season’s Top 10.

The Tar Heel state will get another chance to load the deck with homegrown talent on June 19, when “Idol” makes an audition pit stop in Charlotte.
 

'Celebrity Apprentice': A disappointing ending for Clay

(First off, sorry for the spoilers. But because Clay Aiken lives here, we've been following this every week and if the outcome of "Celebrity Apprentice" was that important to you, you'd have watched it live!)

Sigh. I call foul. Foul!!

But it's Donald Trump's world, we just live in it, right? He can pick whoever he wants for his stupid show...

Okay, here's the stupid recap.

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