160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Clay had been a real-estate agent in Richmond, working for his family-run business. He said he decided to enter the contest on a whim and attended an open audition in New York. He acted in college and then professionally in 1997-2000. The Maytag repairman was portrayed as always lonely because of the dependability of Maytag’s appliances. Since first appearing on TV in 1967, the character has been played by only three actors. The contract of the current repairman, Hardy Rawls, is not being renewed. It’s lonely being the Maytag repairman, but a Virginia man is going to give it a try. Whirlpool Corp. announced Monday that it has selected Clay Jackson of Richmond, Va., as the character promoting the reliability of its Maytag brand of large appliances. The Benton Harbor, Mich.-based company conducted a nationwide search for the “new face of Maytag.” “The new Maytag repairman will help revitalize the Maytag brand and its heritage by keeping one foot in our past while putting the other in our future,” Maytag Vice President Jeff Davidoff said in a news release. The company said that at least 1,500 people participated in the two months of auditions.
SINGING star Imelda May prepared for her incredible TV appearance with Jools Holland on New Year’s Eve by spending a few days in Co Donegal.The Mayhem singer spent Christmas week staying with her brother Brendan who has a holiday home just outside Ardara.Our exclusive picture shows Imelda treating locals to a song in the Nesbitt Arms. “I love it in County Donegal,” she told locals. “It’s great that I have a brother with a holiday home here. It’s like getting away from it all. It’s my first time here but I will definitely be back.”The 37-year-old Dubliner was one of the star guests on Jools Holland’s annual New Year’ Eve musical spectacular ‘Hootenanny’.“When she was here, Imelda visited a lot of the shops and spent time in both the Nesbitt Arms and The Corner House,” said Stephen McCahill.“She treated us all to a few songs, on her own and with her parents. She seemed very relaxed and told everyone she loved it here. I think she enjoyed the fact that people just let her get on with her holiday and didn’t make a fuss over her. “Everyone was very impressed by how down to earth she was, how warm and friendly, just like her parents.“She said she’d be coming back and I wouldn’t be surprised if she became a regular visitor.” SINGER IMELDA MAY – I JUST LOVE DONEGAL was last modified: January 4th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ArdaraImelda May