Who saw the season premiere of Modern Family on ABC? When the beloved station wagon starts rolling empty toward the cliff while they watch helplessly? The father jumps on the hood, starfish-style, in a desperate attempt to do something, anything. And his wife stands by and yells, “What’s the plan, Phil?!” Tell me NHL, what is the plan?
Clay Aiken will perform the US National Anthem on Sunday at the All-Star Game. Stop laughing.
Clay is a native of Raleigh, a Canes fan and he has performed the National Anthem there before. I can’t talk smack about Clay because the first thing I did when I heard this was open iTunes, click on “Invisible” (of course I have it) and belt it out. It’s a great song with creepy lyrics.
But I do have to say something. We’ve previously addressed the NHL’s tragically D-list celebrity appeal [here]. If only we were famous, we could class this joint up a little bit instead of marveling that the guy who played (Plays? Is it still on?) Lex Luthor on Smallville isn’t really bald after all.
But Clay Aiken? NHL, WHAT IS YOUR DEMOGRAPHIC? Clay was on American Idol in 2003. His last Top 40 hit was a Christmas song in ’05. His current record cracked the charts for a single week in June. Do you think Willa Ford was busy?
Clay’s new album and tour are called “Tried and True” – featuring all standards. Admittedly, they sound great. But Michael Buble is Canadian, couldn’t he sing the anthem? Even his own? If only Westlife were American, they could have done it.
I’m sure Clay will kill it and hey, it’s only one song. I just don’t see how this makes any sense for the NHL. Maybe Aiken’s performance will turn a whole new middle-aged generation of Claymates into avid hockey fans.