EJay Day, Tamyra Gray return to TV as 'Idol' enters syndication

EJay Day has been on the road - or at sea - since the day he was voted off the first season of "American Idol."

The Lawrenceville native has been keeping busy as a Royal Caribbean cruise ship entertainer and "off, off, off" Broadway performer in the four years since the Fox show first aired, he said during a recent interview.

Starting this weekend, he'll be back on television as the show's first season returns to the airwaves in syndication as "American Idol Rewind." The series will include exclusive interviews with the contestants to catch viewers up on what they're doing these days, as well as behind-the-scenes footage from the first season. The hour-long show airs at 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays on WATL.

Tamyra Gray of Norcross, also a season-one contestant, will be featured on the new show, too. Since finishing fourth on the show, Gray has performed on Broadway in "Bombay Dreams" and acted in several television shows and the movie "The Gospel."

Day recently caught up with his former castmates as a red-carpet premiere event for the new syndicated show.

"It was such a flashback seeing everyone from 'American Idol.' It was great seeing everyone," Day said.

During that first season, which crowned winner Kelly Clarkson, the show became hugely popular. In 2005, "Idol" ranked No. 1 on Tuesday nights. Day said he hasn't been surprised with the massive success of "American Idol."

"I just had a feeling once we saw that first results show. America loves to know they can vote for things," Day said. "After that, people were flocking to the next auditions."

For Day, the timing of the new syndicated show couldn't be better - he's hoping to get some exposure for his self-produced album, "Come Into My World," which he's been shopping around to studios.

"I've been selling on the (cruise) ships, but I'm still trying to find the right label," Day said.

He described the album of original songs as a blend of R&B and pop. Many of the songs were inspired by his experiences performing on cruise ships, he said. His eventual goal is to sign a great record deal and land a few Broadway roles. He attributes a lot of his success to his appearance on "Idol."

"It changed everything. Just being recognized and being known; so many doors have been opened for me," Day said.

Fans can keep up with Day on his Web site, www.ejayonline.com.