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.