Becoming ... Clay Aiken

See how the singer went from crooning in his living room to filling stadiums. By Serena Kappes

THE FINAL THREE

Aiken laughs with fellow contestants Locke and Ruben Studdard on American Idol on May 13, 2003. "We're very supportive of each other," says Aiken of Idol winner Studdard. Despite Aiken's runner-up status, his first CD, Measure of a Man, debuted at No. 1 when it was released on Oct. 14 that year, and has since sold more than 2 million copies.