• THEN & NOW  photo | Clay Aiken

Credit: Craig Blankenhorn/Fox; AP

Published: Thursday November 04, 2004 06:00 AM EST



"I looked like Opie," says Aiken of his appearance at his American Idol audition (left, in Atlanta in 2002). "I definitely look different now," admits the 6'1" singer (right, in 2004), who traded glasses for contacts and flat-irons his hair. "Sometimes I'll look in the mirror when I'm doing it and think about how much has changed."