RALEIGH, N.C. - Former "American Idol" and "Celebrity Apprentice" runner-up Clay Aiken joined another high-profile contest Wednesday - this one to get elected to Congress in his native North Carolina.
Aiken announced he would seek the Democratic nomination for the 2nd Congressional District seat currently held by Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers. The entertainer is talking about his non-singing career as a special education teacher, UNICEF representative and presidential commission member on education while explaining his reason for getting in the race.
In each situation, "I saw a group of people, a population that was not being served," Aiken told The Associated Press. In a video unveiling his bid, Aiken referred to his "golden ticket" - finishing as the runner-up to Ruben Studdard in TV's 2003 "Idol" competition, which has led to several albums and a role in a Broadway musical.