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Clay Aiken Wins Democratic Congressional Nomination After Opponent Dies

Clay Aiken, Keith Crisco

Former American Idol contestant Clay Aiken has won the Democratic nomination for a Congressional seat in North Carolina, a day after his opponent in the race died suddenly, The Associated Press reports.

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MK Nobilette on Being First Openly Gay Idol Finalist: "I Never Intended It to Be a Big Deal"

MK Nobillette

Before the live shows even began on American IdolMK Nobilette had already made headlines for being the show's first openly gay contestant to make it past the early rounds.

"I'm very obviously gay," Nobilette told judges Keith UrbanJennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr., shortly before she was ushered into the Top 30. And with those words, the frequent "are-they-or-aren't-they" aura that has pervaded Idol for 13 seasons, from Clay Aiken to Adam Lambert, was... if not shattered, at least dented a little.

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VIDEO: Clay Aiken Officially Announces Run for Congress

Clay Aiken

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. 

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Report: Clay Aiken Considering Run for Congress

Clay Aiken

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.

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12 American Idol Alums Who Would Make Good Judges

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.

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5 Changes American Idol Needs to Make in Season 13

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.

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Jennifer Hudson in Talks to Join American Idol

Kelly Clarkson, Jennfier Hudson

Jennifer Hudson may be returning to American Idol.

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Report: American Idol Eyeing Former Contestants for Judges' Panel

Kelly Clarkson

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.

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Celebrity Apprentice: The Final Four Preview

Donald Trump

Enough of Gary Busey and his ridiculousness. It's time for the Celebrity Apprentice competition to really begin.

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American Idol: Which Girl Was Sent Home?

Amber Holcomb

And then there were four. For the first time this season, a female finalist was eliminated on American Idol Thursday night. Who was it?

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