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February 5, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
From “American Idol” to Congress? Clay Aiken hopes so. The former “Idol” runner-up has formally announced his run for Congress as a Democrat in his native North Carolina. (And yes, we are just as confused as you are.)  Aiken officially launched his campaign for the seat held by Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers on Wednesday, and he's already issued a campaign video. In the nearly five-minute video -- it's on YouTube and is featured on his new campaign site -- the 35-year-old pop crooner stands in a modest living room, saying it's the home of a family friend who took him and his mother in years ago. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times "For most Americans, there are no golden tickets.
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February 5, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
From “American Idol” to Congress? Clay Aiken hopes so. The former “Idol” runner-up has formally announced his run for Congress as a Democrat in his native North Carolina. (And yes, we are just as confused as you are.)  Aiken officially launched his campaign for the seat held by Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers on Wednesday, and he's already issued a campaign video. In the nearly five-minute video -- it's on YouTube and is featured on his new campaign site -- the 35-year-old pop crooner stands in a modest living room, saying it's the home of a family friend who took him and his mother in years ago. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times "For most Americans, there are no golden tickets.
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February 5, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
This is one contest in which Clay Aiken really doesn't want to finish second: The singer is running for Congress, aiming to represent a district in North Carolina. Aiken, 35, who finished a close second to Ruben Studdard in the second season of "American Idol," announced his candidacy Wednesday via YouTube, Twitter and his own official website . He'll have to make it through a Democratic primary to take on the incumbent, Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers, who also has a primary challenger in what's reportedly a GOP-leaning district.
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February 5, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
This is one contest in which Clay Aiken really doesn't want to finish second: The singer is running for Congress, aiming to represent a district in North Carolina. Aiken, 35, who finished a close second to Ruben Studdard in the second season of "American Idol," announced his candidacy Wednesday via YouTube, Twitter and his own official website . He'll have to make it through a Democratic primary to take on the incumbent, Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers, who also has a primary challenger in what's reportedly a GOP-leaning district.
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November 22, 2003 | From Associated Press
It'll be pop and circumstance at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte's graduation ceremony next month, with Clay Aiken among the graduating class. The "American Idol" runner-up will pick up his diploma Dec. 20, his publicist said. And for only the second time in the school's seven-year history, graduation guests must have tickets to attend. Each ticket will be printed with a bar code and scanned at the door to prevent the use of counterfeits.
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October 17, 2007
Broadway bound: One-time "American Idol" star Clay Aiken will join the Broadway cast of "Monty Python's Spamalot" on Jan. 18, playing one of the leads.
NEWS
December 3, 2003
College founding -- A Quick Takes item in Calendar on Nov. 22 about "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken's graduation from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte referred erroneously to the school's seven-year history. The school was established 57 years ago.
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December 14, 2003
I have read Robert Hilburn's article regarding this year's Grammy Awards ("Thud! -- A Grammy Low?" Nov. 30). I disagree with his opinion of Clay Aiken. Aiken is an extremely talented and versatile artist whose pure, powerful and passionate voice draws the listener not only into the song, but into his soul as well. In my humble opinion, he is a "healing balm" to very tired and worn-out ears. Dianne Melton Rock Hill, S.C. Clay Aiken -- "flavorless"? I think not. Clay's voice is yummy.
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February 28, 2004 | From Associated Press
The white Italian-made shirt, black pinstriped pants and shoes that Clay Aiken wore in an early round of "American Idol" will be exhibited at the North Carolina Museum of History. The clothes will be on view from Tuesday until Sept. 6, and then will become part of the museum's permanent collection. Aiken, 25, wore the outfit during a Motown-themed "American Idol," when he sang the Four Tops hit "I Can't Help Myself." From Associated Press
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April 10, 2004
Re Richard Cromelin's review of Kelly Clarkson and Clay Aiken (" 'Idols' Are Human, But Louder," April 5): Here are two young people who had a goal and sacrificed a great deal to pursue it. They never claimed to be Barbra Streisand or Frank Sinatra. They, to the best of my knowledge, are clean-cut drug- and alcohol-free young people. They have never been arrested; they don't have tattoos and piercings up and down their bodies. Just two seemingly good kids trying to fulfill a dream.
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May 22, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
It's just like the old saying goes: What's good for Clay Aiken isn't always good for Nicki Minaj. According to a report Wednesday from Vulture's Josef Adalian, Fox is mulling the possibility of bringing back former “American Idol” contestants to judge next season on the embattled singing competition series. Notable alumni said to be under consideration include Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert and Clay Aiken (sorry, Bo Bice fans). While Fox declined to comment, it appears there will be at least a few empty seats at the judge's table next season: Two weeks ago Randy Jackson, the sole remaining original judge, announced his departure from the series amid rumors that Fox was also giving the ax to his fellow panelists Minaj, Keith Urban and Mariah Carey.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 2007
Broadway bound: One-time "American Idol" star Clay Aiken will join the Broadway cast of "Monty Python's Spamalot" on Jan. 18, playing one of the leads.
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November 3, 2005 | Heidi Siegmund Cuda
A bistro builder New player alert: Kristofer Keith, the owner of the Bowery, a New York-style bar and bistro at Sunset and Vine. Keith, who co-owns with partners George Adou-Daoud and Anthoni Falati, opened the 2-week-old Bowery with the Lower East Side in mind. Think black subway tiles and buttery burgers. Keith also designed and built actress Jeri Ryan's L.A. restaurant Ortolan, as well as restaurateur Andre Guerroro's Senor Fred and Max.
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October 30, 2004 | From Associated Press
Clay Aiken sang his way to a runner-up finish on the television show "American Idol." Last season, fellow North Carolinian Fantasia Barrino won a lucrative recording contract by claiming the title. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte will now cement the show's legacy in the state by offering an academic course about the TV show. Beginning in January, students at UNC will earn three credit hours for the class "Examining 'American Idol' Through Musical Critique."
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2004
Re Richard Cromelin's review of Kelly Clarkson and Clay Aiken (" 'Idols' Are Human, But Louder," April 5): Here are two young people who had a goal and sacrificed a great deal to pursue it. They never claimed to be Barbra Streisand or Frank Sinatra. They, to the best of my knowledge, are clean-cut drug- and alcohol-free young people. They have never been arrested; they don't have tattoos and piercings up and down their bodies. Just two seemingly good kids trying to fulfill a dream.
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February 28, 2004 | From Associated Press
The white Italian-made shirt, black pinstriped pants and shoes that Clay Aiken wore in an early round of "American Idol" will be exhibited at the North Carolina Museum of History. The clothes will be on view from Tuesday until Sept. 6, and then will become part of the museum's permanent collection. Aiken, 25, wore the outfit during a Motown-themed "American Idol," when he sang the Four Tops hit "I Can't Help Myself." From Associated Press
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May 22, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
It's just like the old saying goes: What's good for Clay Aiken isn't always good for Nicki Minaj. According to a report Wednesday from Vulture's Josef Adalian, Fox is mulling the possibility of bringing back former “American Idol” contestants to judge next season on the embattled singing competition series. Notable alumni said to be under consideration include Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert and Clay Aiken (sorry, Bo Bice fans). While Fox declined to comment, it appears there will be at least a few empty seats at the judge's table next season: Two weeks ago Randy Jackson, the sole remaining original judge, announced his departure from the series amid rumors that Fox was also giving the ax to his fellow panelists Minaj, Keith Urban and Mariah Carey.
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December 14, 2003
I have read Robert Hilburn's article regarding this year's Grammy Awards ("Thud! -- A Grammy Low?" Nov. 30). I disagree with his opinion of Clay Aiken. Aiken is an extremely talented and versatile artist whose pure, powerful and passionate voice draws the listener not only into the song, but into his soul as well. In my humble opinion, he is a "healing balm" to very tired and worn-out ears. Dianne Melton Rock Hill, S.C. Clay Aiken -- "flavorless"? I think not. Clay's voice is yummy.
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