Clay Aiken Spars with Opponent in Heated Debate for Congressional Seat

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

But he won’t land softly in a congressional seat if his opponent, Renee Ellmers, can help it.

American Idol Stars Rockin' Out with Their Younger Selves

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.

Over the course of 13 seasons and multiple judge lineups, the show has continued to launch numerous music careers – plus, an Oscar winner.

Keith Crisco, Clay Aiken Primary Opponent, Dies In Accident

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

Keith Crisco, 71, died from “some type of fall” at his home, according to Robert Lawson, president of AEC Narrow Fabrics, the textile company Crisco founded.

Crisco’s sons, who work for the company, told Lawson about their dad’s death.

Clay Aiken Officially Launches Bid for Congress

Will Clay Aiken now earn a golden ticket to Washington?

The singer, who finished second on 2003’s American Idol and had previously been scoping out a run, announced Wednesday that he was officially running for Congress in North Carolina, CNN reports.

Clay Aiken Considering Running for Congress: Report

Congressman Clay Aiken?

The American Idol finalist is “actively considering” a bid to represent North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives, a source tells Washington Blade.

The Raleigh native, 35, has reportedly talked to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and is “sounding and acting like a candidate,” the source says.

Clay Aiken Sports Long Hair in Vibrant Technicolor Dreamcoat Photo

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.

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

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.

American Idol's All-Female Top 5 Face Elimination

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.

Celebrity Apprentice: Arsenio Hall Is the Winner

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.

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

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.

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