Everyone deserves the best start in life, which is what UNICEF is working to provide the world's most vulnerable children. Education is essential to a child's development. I hope that as an Ambassador I can encourage people to join UNICEF's mission to make education a reality for children throughout the world.— Clay Aiken
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The message I'll share...is that inclusion is extremely important for kids with and without disabilities.
I like to talk. I'm a terrible dancer. I love my hometown. I have freckles and oversized ears. I'm a geeks. I have tried not to hide who I am or what matters to me.
A song can be more than words and music .
.. when sung with soul a song carries you to another world, to a place where no matter how much pain you feel, you are never alone.
Well, fortunately we found out that the runner-up our particular year was going to get a record contract also. So it was kind of a - it was bitter sweet but it was an opportunity.
I know this is going to sound cheesy and like I'm trying to be Miss America, but the most important responsibility a celebrity has is to set an example and be a role model.
And I think that when I finally decided to let go and let God and allow that to happen, I became a lot more successful than I could have done if I had planned it all myself.
I thought about that the other day after I went to the grocery store and had to sign fifteen autographs before leaving. On one hand, it's just so flattering. On the other hand, sometimes it would be nice to get the bread and leave, you know?
In my ideal world, no child would suffer.
Charitable instincts would prevail. There would be global acceptance of all different types of people.
I went to school for special education.
I always assumed when I had the opportunity I would love to try and help kids with disabilities.
I think I probably hoped for it a little bit, but I'm not an optimist.
I'm a realist... or maybe even a pessimist.
If my career detour from special education to singing has done one thing, it has afforded me the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others.
I got rid of my glasses and they changed my hair.
That's really all they did. They went shopping for me, so the clothes are different too. It wasn't like Extreme Makeover where I got a nose job or anything.
It's a whole team of people working 24 hours around the clock to make me look like this.
I could have a degree in music and come on the show, and Simon could still say 'You stink'.
UNICEF is working for the survival of children worldwide.
What can we do to get more Americans committed to the cause?
You know, I think I'm a stronger person for realizing that you can't make everybody love you.
I sometimes think I might be autistic because I like to know - I need to know - my beginnings and my ends. I don't have to be in control of it, but I need to know what's going on.
Working with children with autism has provided me with an opportunity to see the world in a different way. I see them strive to overcome obstacles and persevere, and learn to persevere myself. They are my inspiration.
The only reason people go to bars is to get drunk and have sex. To me, bars are what hell is like.
I don't understand why people like me! It doesn't make any sense!
Every kiss is a kiss you can never get back.
It's important that I make a difference in some way.
It's not necessarily how I make a difference, but I want to make sure that I do.
I never knew that people made a club for me!
If I'm signing autographs and I see one hundred people in a line I've got to remind myself, "That person is one one-hundredth of my day, but to them I'm their day." You know what I mean? Unless they meet J.Lo later on.
When the answer to all my dreams is as close as a touch away, why am I here holding back what I'm trying to say?
I really love live performing!
I mean, that's kind of what this business is about in some ways.
You're trying to make everybody like you. But you can't do that. You can't force everybody - anybody to like you if they're just not willing to do it.
A song is like a smile. If you meet people from another country, even if you don't speak the same language, you know what a smile means. A song works the same way. Music produces feelings that need no translation.
I want everyone to vote. I want everyone to be a part of electing officials. Because when we are not a part, when we don't have a very broad voter base, then we don't have true representation.
I'm really not that special. Really, I'm not. I was on a big TV show, but it was just a TV show.
I liked being able to work with all the different producers and take what they brought to the table and bring my own style to it.
My mother taught me that we all have the power to achieve our dreams. What I lacked was the courage.
While everyone I work with may not share my beliefs, I have been surrounded by nothing but support.
Actually, I don't hate cats, I'm just kind of afraid of them.
I think celebrities have an obligation to the public to not just sing or act.
I'm not different. I'm not different at all. The wrapping is different but the gift is still the same.
Faith is not about a building or a lifestyle.
You can minister in many ways besides attending services or being a preacher. And I think that that's what I feel most thankful for--that I have the opportunity to minister now, in my own way.
No matter what the situation you're in, if you're raised in a loving environment, that's the most important thing.
I'm tired and I don't know what day it is.
Perseverance. I got cut twice. I got cut in Charlotte. I didn't have to go to Atlanta to audition. I could have said, "I'm not cut out for this." But I said, "I think I'm better than that, I can go try again." So I went to Atlanta and I made it through. Then I got cut the first time around. I could have told them I didn't want to come back for the Wild Card show but I did and look how far I got.
The biggest problem I had - and the biggest problem teenagers have - is not how they dress, how they look or how they act or talk. It's how they see themselves - their self-esteem. In the tenth grade, I realized I am who I am. I've got big ears and big feet. I can etiher sulk around or I can be happy with who I am. The minute I decided to be confident with who I was, all that other stuff stopped. It's all in the way you carry yourself.
I cannot raise a child to lie or to hide things.
I wasn't raised that way, and I'm not going to raise a child to do that.
I know this is going to sound cheesy and like I'm trying to be Miss America, but the most important responsibility a celebrity has is to set an example and be a role model. I want to make sure that no matter how long I go through this, I don't fall into the trap of changing and modifying how I do things that aren't a positive example. I want to remain somebody that the entire family can listen to or watch.
When I was a kid, the punishment I disliked the most was writing sentences.
My mother loved to make me record my transgressions--always a minimum of five hundred times--and she even bought special spiral notebooks for me to fill up.... No matter how many notebooks I went through, there was always another one waiting in the kitchen drawer.
I know that I've got big ears and a big forehead and that my hair sticks up.
But I'm happy with myself. I'm not necessarily trying to win a beauty pageant here.
I never want to produce anything that a family could not enjoy together.
I never want to create art that would embarrass my own children later.
Clive [Davis] tried to tell me that saying certain words in a song - or as he says, 'putting some balls into it' - isn't bad, it's just strong emotion. Well, there are certain words and emotions I don't want kids hearing, and I'm not changing because they think it's going to sell better. This is going to sound horrible, but I got 12 million votes doing what I did.
And I don't think that success can be measured by how many TV shows you're on.
Pain happens to everyone. To grow up, to fulfill your potential, to develop into what God wants you to be-this process takes support. No one succeeds alone.