American Idol

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Contents

Introduction

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The Show

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Terminology

Below is a list of terms and their definitions that are used in this fan community.

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Timeline

Below is a partial timeline of events that took place in this fan community.

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

  • During 2006, people posted American Idol fan fiction on Quizilla.
  • "On February 6, 2006, The National Enquirer runs an article titled "Clay is Gay!" and all hell breaks loose. John Paulus, a 37 year old former Green Beret, claimed to have met American Idol superstar Clay Aiken online under the IM username "valleyprettyboy". On January 2, Paulus claims he and then went to the Quality Inn hotel in Garner, North Carolina. He paid cash for a room and waited. Within 5 minutes of Clay showing up, Paulus claims they began to have unprotected sex. The National Enquirer claimed they gave Paulus a polygraph test that he passed and that he had evidence from the night he spent with Clay that had his DNA on it. Shockingly enough, Clay wasn't keen on offering up a DNA sample to a man who claimed he saved a towel with ejaculate on it. " [30]
  • Starting shortly after the accusations regarding Clay Aiken's alleged relationship with John Paulus, "The Claymates and Aiken's legal team attacked. Paulus claimed he and his family received death threats on a daily basis. Paulus began releasing more stories about Aiken's family and personal life that couldn't be substantiated." [31]
  • On April 9, 2006, the GreatestJournal community aceyoungfans was created. [32]

2007

2008

were congratulatory and wished the star success while stunned at how soon the baby would be arriving. A few did respond on People.com with comments about how the baby will ruin his touring schedule and future cd releases but the Claymates have a history of being divided over issues in Clay's life outside of his singing career. [44]

2009

Westboro Baptist Churh flyer announcing protests of the American Idol tour
  • On March 31, 2009, the fansite The David Chronicles was created. [46]
  • In July 2009, the Westboro Baptist Church (whose website is the infamous www.godhatesfags.com), announced they would be staging pickets at some of the American Idol tour dates this summer, in protest of AI runner-up Adam Lambert.

Kerfluffles

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MySpace

"all American Idol contestants have MySpace pages set up by the show’s publicity staff. " [47]

Influential Fanworks

Fan fiction

Fandom Members

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Fandom Size

April 2007

There were 19 American Idol stories on Quizilla as of April 8, 2007.

December 2007

There were 28 American Idol stories on Quizilla as of December 8, 2007. [48]

As of December 29, 2007, there were 659 fans on FanPop. [49]

External Links

Blog posts

News articles

See also

Sources

Below is a partial list of articles and academic sources to help you continue to learn about this community.

  • Kidder, Kristine. "Passing Out and Acting Up with young female music fans" Bitch magazine. pgs 82-86. Issue 32, Summer 2005.



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