Earl 'EJay' Day (born September 13, 1981) is an American singer and was one of the ten finalists during the first season of American Idol. Day was actually a last-minute replacement in the Idol semifinals for Delano Cagnolati, who was discovered to have lied to escape the show's age cutoff. After being voted through to the final ten, Day was then the first contestant to be voted off. Day was born in Lawrenceville, Georgia. After his brief appearance on Idol, he was a featured performer in the 2002 U.S. American Idol concert tour alongside the other finalists. Day has also performed numerous times for Muhammad Ali, who asked him to sing at his book-signing event and other receptions held in his honor. He also performed in the 2003 Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena, California. As a child, Day sang in the church choir and did several performances singing the National Anthem for professional Georgia sports teams.
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