Clay Aiken, Cherie perform at MetroCentre

American Idol season two runner-up Clay Aiken performed Aug. 23 at the MetroCentre in the downtown River District. Aiken recently concluded a tour with Idol season one winner Kelly Clarkson. His boyish looks and pleasant attitude have earned him the nickname “America’s Sweetheart.” Following on the heels of his successful single, “Solitaire,” Aiken’s first album, Measure of a Man, debuted in October 2003. Driven by the hit single “Invisible,” the album quickly climbed to the top of the charts. Opening for Aiken was French-born 19-year-old “Cherie” (upper right photo), who released her self-titled debut album Aug. 3. More info on Aiken available at; Cherie at; and Centre Events at

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