Originally Posted by Grisabella;2468017;
I don't think that a distinction can really be made between AI success and career success for people like Clay and others who've taken their AI success further than the show. Yes, some other runners-up (and lets be honest - some other winners) have not found as much success as Clay has. But how far would Clay be without AI? (same could be said for any of the others who've found success after the show). Clay caught a lucky break when he lost to a guy who was not interested in putting everything in his life into a huge music career. Early on, Reuben turned down some appearances, and Clay was very smart to step up, make himself available, and take advantage of that spot light. Clay is also a very talented singer and performer, which has also contributed to his success. But just like the others, he was a nobody until AI. There are many very talent singers nad performers in the US that you and I never have and never will hear of.
Has Clay found success beyond AI? Absolutely. But would he have found that success without AI? I don't think so. Therefore, it makes perfect sense to me that reports about Clay would refer to AI so closely.