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Clay Aiken Calls Congress the 'Most Embarrassing Reality Show' During Debate

Clay Aiken Spars with Opponent in Heated Debate for Congressional Seat

Originally posted 10/07/2014 04:30PM

Like Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger before him, Clay Aiken wants to make the leap from entertainment to politics.

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Clay Aiken's Primary Opponent Dies In Accident

Keith Crisco, Clay Aiken Primary Opponent, Dies In Accident

Originally posted 05/12/2014 05:15PM

A North Carolina textile entrepreneur locked in a too-close-to-call Democratic Party primary with former American Idol singer Clay Aiken has died.

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UpdatePosted 04/24/2014 08:00PM

American Idol Stars Rockin' Out with Their Younger Selves

Originally posted 05/21/2014 06:00PM

As Caleb Johnson and Jena Irene battle in Wednesday night's American Idol finale, let's take a look at how far the Fox series' past contestants have come.

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Clay Aiken Officially Launches Bid for Congress

Clay Aiken Officially Launches Bid for Congress

Originally posted 02/05/2014 11:40AM

Will Clay Aiken now earn a golden ticket to Washington?

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Is Clay Aiken Running for Congress?

Clay Aiken Considering Running for Congress: Report

Originally posted 01/03/2014 02:00PM

Congressman Clay Aiken?

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PHOTO: Clay Aiken Sports Long Hair in Vibrant Technicolor Dreamcoat

Clay Aiken Sports Long Hair in Vibrant Technicolor Dreamcoat Photo

Originally posted 08/06/2013 12:05PM

Clay Aiken is letting his colors show.

The former American Idol finalist, 34, could be mistaken for a walking rainbow in a photo released by the Ogunquit Playhouse, a local theater in Maine. The vibrant shot promotes Aiken's lead role in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat musical.

With wavy hair past his shoulders, a wide-eyed Aiken flashes a grin in the image.

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Who Would Make a Good Judge for American Idol's Next Season?

American Idol

Jennifer Hudson or Kelly Clarkson: Who Should Judge American Idol Season 13?

Originally posted 05/31/2013 10:20AM

Will Keith Urban remain the last judge standing on American Idol? Or will Fox replace its entire lineup for an all-new panel of judges? What exactly will happen next season?

Until Urban's fate is announced, speculation persists on who will replace Randy Jackson, who announced his departure after 12 seasons on the show, as well as the latest stars to exit, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj.

After fun and dramatic seasons with the likes of Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Paula Abdul and the ever-so blunt Simon Cowell, the possibilities are endless about which star could energize Idol as the show competes with a growing number of singing contests, including NBC's The Voice, amid criticism and falling ratings.

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Did Idol's Judges Use Their Only Save of the Season?

American Idol

American Idol's All-Female Top 5 Face Elimination

Originally posted 04/18/2013 09:30PM

Now it gets interesting.

Week after week, we've watched American Idol's male finalists leave the competition. It hardly mattered in which order the guys went home – an all-female final five was basically preordained from the beginning. But after Lazaro Arbos left last week, all bets were off for Thursday's elimination night.

It says something about the quality of this season's finalists that any of them could win the competition – and they will all probably find some niche in the music industry after the show.

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Arsenio Hall Wins Celebrity Apprentice | Arsenio Hall

Celebrity Apprentice

Celebrity Apprentice: Arsenio Hall Is the Winner

Originally posted 05/21/2012 10:00AM

The comedian and the crooner – Arsenio Hall and Clay Aiken – squared off for the title of Celebrity Apprentice on Sunday night, seeking to be Donald Trump's latest favored protégé.

The task at hand was to create a celebrity variety show and a 30-second public-service announcement for their respective charities.

In a close race, Hall, 56, ended up winning after producing a comedy show with his team of Adam Corolla, Lisa Lampanelli, Paul Teutel Sr. and Teresa Giudice. Aiken, 33, chose a carnival theme with his team of Penn Jillette, Debbie Gibson, Dee Snider and Aubrey O'Day.

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Teresa Giudice vs. Victoria Gotti: New Celebrity Apprentice Cast Revealed | Teresa Giudice, Victoria Gotti

Celebrity Apprentice

Teresa Giudice vs. Victoria Gotti: New Celebrity Apprentice Cast Revealed

Originally posted 01/04/2012 09:45AM

Would Teresa Giudice have the guts to flip a table on Victoria Gotti? Can supermodel Cheryl Tiegs outlast former Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza, who is four decades her junior? Who'll face the music first – Clay Aiken or Debbie Gibson?

Those are just a few of the mouth-watering matchups expected on the upcoming season of Celebrity Apprentice, premiering Feb. 12 on NBC. PEOPLE confirmed several of the contestants back in October, but the cast was officially revealed Wednesday.

"I just think we have a major group of celebrities, and we have a very iconic group," says the show's host, Donald Trump. "This is the best cast we've ever had, the biggest cast, and it's going to be special."

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