Clay Aiken's Heading to Broadway

Simon Cowell's most frequent complaint about Clay Aiken has turned into a prophesy: The "American Idol" loser is headed to Broadway.

According to media reports, Aiken will premiere as Sir Robin in "Monty Python's Spamalot" starting on Jan. 18, 2008. Claymates will have ample opportunities to see their favorite crooner in the role originated by David Hyde Pierce, as his run will continue through May 4.

"Clay Aiken is amazing beyond that glorious voice. Turns out he is an excellent comic actor and a master of character," original "Spamalot" director Mike Nichols said in a release. "People will be surprised by his wide ranging talent, since the first impression is of great country charm and a singer to remember. This guy is not only a star, he is a lot more. We are lucky to get him for Spamalot."

The ironically cowardly Brave Sir Robin is currently being played on Broadway by Martin Moran. The character's biggest musical number, "You Won't Succeed On Broadway," comes in Act II.

On the second season of "American Idol," Aiken finished second to Ruben Studdard, hearing a frequent complain from surly judge Cowell that his voice may be more suited to Broadway. Aiken has, of course, had the last laugh, easily outselling Studdard, co-authoring a bestselling book and making guest acting appearances on shows including "Ed" and "Scrubs."

"American Idol" has been a great boon to the Great White Way, where popular reality contestants have been used to boost the profile of a number of shows. You can currently see former winner Fantasia starring in "The Color Purple" or Season One favorite Tamyra Gray in "Rent."

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