‘American Idol’ Alum Announces Bid for Congress

by Joe Rutland
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An alum from the FOX music competition TV show American Idol announced on Monday that he’s launching a bid for Congress.

Clay Aiken made the announcement, according to a story from Atlanta TV station WSB.

He will be running for Congress in North Carolina.

Aiken hopes to secure the Democratic nomination in the 6th district.

The American Idol star did post a video online. In it, he says, “These days my life looks a lot more like yours than Justin Bieber’s, that I can promise you.”

‘Amerian Idol’ Star Calls Out Those He Sees as Hateful in Politics

He is running as a Democrat.

In the video, Aiken calls out people in politics he sees as hateful. Before ending it, the one-time American Idol musician says: “If the loudest and most hateful voices think they’re going to speak for us, just tell them I’m warming up the old vocal cords.”

This is not the first time for Aiken to run for office in North Carolina. He did win the Democratic primary in the 2nd district but lost in the general election to a Republican incumbent, according to The Washington Post.

But he’s running in a different district, long-represented by a Democrat who is not seeking re-election.

About his American Idol experience, Aiken came in second in 2003 to Ruben Studdard.

Kelly Clarkson Looked At Show As A Kind of ‘Joke’ During Chat with Kevin Hart

Don’t get the negative vibes out there for Kelly Clarkson.

She would go on and have a successful music career after her American Idol days. Outsiders, she has a daytime talk show these days too.

But she talked about how she and others saw the show.

Appearing on Hart to Heart and chatting with comedian Kevin Hart on his new show for Peacock, Clarkson talked about joining American Idol.

“We all thought it was kind of a joke,” she tells Hart. “I mean, we didn’t think it was going to come to anything. Like we were the first season of American Idol, so we were there for that paycheck that, after SAG gives you to like pay for some bills.

“Nobody knew that it would actually come to anything [or] would come to fruition,” she says. “That’s what everyone hopes, but that doesn’t usually happen.”

Those days were not always easy to maneuver for Clarkson. The same could be said for other musicians on the show.

“I don’t know, we got thrown into it. I will say, I’m thankful for that at the same time,” Clarkson says. “But I think because I skipped all that so fast and got thrown in, there was no time for people to really drill me on ‘you have to do this, you have to be this.'”