‘American Idol’s Clay Aiken to Host ‘Wheel of Fortune LIVE!’ Tour

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American Idol Season 2 runner-up Clay Aiken has a new gig as host of the upcoming Wheel of Fortune LIVE! tour. The long-running game show is traveling around the country later this year, and Aiken is one of two rotating hosts.


Clay Aiken to Host Wheel of Fortune LIVE!

Pat Sajak and Vana White won’t be in attendance on the show’s tour this fall, but Clay Aiken will be stepping in as one of two hosts, along with Antiques Roadshow host Mark L. Walberg. Shows kick off Thursday, September 8, in Owensboro, Kentucky.

However, Aiken’s hosting duties won’t begin until October 13, in Portland, Maine. He’ll host shows through November 27, in Omaha, Nebraska. At that point, Walberg will pick things up again. The schedule includes dates through December 10.

“I’ve been a part of some of America’s biggest competitions, so now it’s especially exciting to get to be a part of ‘America’s Game!'” Aiken said in a statement. “And, it’s even more exciting to get to be a part of handing out the amazing prizes this time! Being able to host ‘Wheel of Fortune’ on tour is such an honor and I can’t wait to watch so many people win!”


The tour will also reportedly include actress Kalpana Pot as a co-host and radio personality Dave Styles as announcer. Guests will have the opportunity to audition to go on stage and win prizes, including up to $10,000. Fans can get tickets and learn more about the event on the Wheel of Fortune LIVE! website.

SEE ALSO: ‘AMERICAN IDOL’S CLAY AIKEN STARS IN ‘THE DROWSY CHAPERONE’

What Has Aiken Been Up to Lately?

Since coming in second place on Season 2 of American Idol, Aiken has released six studio albums, the most recent being 2012’s Steadfast. In 2018, he joined Season 2 winner Ruben Studdard for a Christmas show on Broadway.


More recently, Aiken appeared as Man in Chair in a production of The Drowsy Chaperone at the Pittsburgh CLO. He previously took on the role in 2013 for a North Carolina Theatre production of the musical.

Earlier this year, Aiken also announced that he would be running for Congress in North Carolina. However, he lost in the Democratic primary in May. The singer has a son, Parker Foster Aiken, who was born in 2008.

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