Former American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken officially announced his candidacy for Congress Wednesday.
In a video filmed in his childhood home Aiken, 35, shared difficult stories from his past, including an abusive father, and explained how they have inspired him to run for political office.
Clay Aiken is "actively considering" a run for Congress in North Carolina's 2nd congressional district, according to the Washington Blade.
The singer, who would run as a Democrat, has already taken the initial steps, having reportedly consulted with political strategist Betsy Conti, who worked for former Vice President Al Gore, made phone calls to gauge support, and talked to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, as well as figures in Raleigh, N.C.
Adam Lambert, Jennifer Hudson and David Cook
As part of American Idol's complete overhaul for its upcoming 13th season, the show is considering hiring former alums to join the judges' panel.
Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj, Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey
It was just two weeks ago that Candice Glover was crowned the winner of American Idol's Season 12, but even before the announcement was made, the Idol powers that be were already looking ahead to Season 13 to figure out what could be done to salvage the ailing series.
Kelly Clarkson, Jennfier Hudson
Jennifer Hudson may be returning to American Idol.
After news broke that American Idol may employ alumni as judges next season...
American Idol is looking to replace the judges' panel with former contestants, according to a new report by Vulture.
Although both Fox and the companies that produce Idol have yet to comment on next season, sources tell Vulture that Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson have both been approached, and that Adam Lambert and Clay Aiken are on the shortlist as well.
Enough of Gary Busey and his ridiculousness. It's time for the Celebrity Apprentice competition to really begin.
And then there were four. For the first time this season, a female finalist was eliminated on American Idol Thursday night. Who was it?
Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen
Could it be that NBC has produced a keeper in the deliciously creepy Hannibal? We shouldn't break out the proverbial Chianti just yet; the early returns have been modest, to put it mildly, but in this tough-for-NBC time period (Thursday, 10/9c) that the network once owned, it's looking better than it has lately (with an insta-dud like Do No Harm or the below-the-radar Rock Center). And the media buzz, while understandably mixed, is stronger than for most of the networks' midseason yawns. With repeats on the other networks this week, and featuring one of the show's most relentlessly unnerving chapters to date, this is as good a time as any to sample Hannibal's unsavory wares.
Our top moments of the week:
12. Always the Bridesmaid Award: Contrary to its theme song, Celebrity Apprentice is not all about "money, money, money." Although Clay Aiken outdraws Arsenio Hall, $301,500 to $167,100, in the final fundraising challenge and arguably has the more entertaining variety show, Donald Trump somewhat surprisingly hires Hall, preferring his PSA ad instead. "You're both amazing people," Trump says. "There is no loser tonight." Except for, of course, Aiken, who notches another...