Permanent runner-up Clay Aiken isn't taking the back seat any longer!
That's because the American Idol-turned-politician is lashing out at the woman who beat him for that North Carolina Congress seat.
While interviewing with Howard Stern on Monday, the Celebrity Apprentice contestant referred to his opponent Rep. Renee Elmers as a b*tch, saying:
After the whole hacking incident, Sony isn't messing around!
Last year, a lawsuit was filed against Sony Music by 19 Recordings — the record label founded by American Idol creator Simon Fuller – which reps artists like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and Clay Aiken.
The label claimed they weren't being appropriately compensated by their distributor, explaining that Sony was robbing Idol stars of their money through tricky accounting and streaming services like Spotify!
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Now, Sony has fired back with new court documents, claiming that THEY are the ones who are owed a paycheck — $2 million to be exact!
According to Sony, the major music corporation paid too much royalties on digital downloads for some of the Idol stars like Clarkson and Underwood, claiming:
Remember when we told you that Clay Aiken was getting his own TV show?
Well, that time has come!
Esquire Network is ready to air their TV series about the former American Idol star, as he made a run at joining congress.
Academy Award-winner Simon Chinn produced the four-hour original docu-series, titled
Clay Aiken is coming back to the small screen!
Clay, who unsuccessfully ran for a seat congress, had Esquire Network document his exciting campaign for a four-hour series.
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Oh, we just CAN'T wait to see the behind-the-scenes footage of Clay conducting strategy meetings, prepping for debates, and canvassing door-to-door!
The former American Idol runner-up ran as a gay Democrat and lost against incumbent Congresswoman Renee Ellmers.
Though it's a bummer Clay lost, we're so excited the single dad embarked on the campaign trail!!
Academy Award winner Simon Chinn, who created the series along with Emmy winner Jonathan Chinn, explained:
Aw, poor Clay Aiken.
After taking second place on American Idol and later losing to Arsenio Hall on Celebrity Apprentice, the singer is a runner-up once again.
After a hard-fought race to represent North Carolina's second district, Clay has failed to unseat Renee Elmers.
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With roughly 44 percent of the vote compared to the incumbent's 56 percent, Clay could never quite build up the momentum he needed in the largely Republican state.
And to add ignominy to injury, Clay's campaign bus even broke down on Tuesday morning!
We can't think of anything more heartbreakingly symbolic than that!
Oh well! We're proud of you for running a courageous race and trying to make a positive change! For that we say congratulations, Clay.
[Image via Dan Jackman/WENN.]
No one told Clay Aiken running for Congress would be easy. And if they did, he should probably fire them from his campaign.
The former American Idol star participated in his first political debate on Monday night, and it was a slugfest!
[ Video: Clay Aiken Announces His North Carolina Congressional Bid ]
Clay's opponent, Republican Renee Elmers, took jab after jab at Clay, mostly related to his career as an entertainer.
She even blamed him for the economy, which doesn't make a whole lot of sense given that she's the incumbent and he hasn't actually served in Congress at all yet.
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This isn't the first time Renee has taken potshots at him, including making fun of him for
Congrats to Clay Aiken!
The former American Idol alum announced his campaign for North Carolina congressional seat back in February.
Fast forward to three months later and he's won it!
Despite the tragic lost of his opponent, Keith Crisco, Clay got more than 40 percent needed to win in the race.
But don't celebrate just yet! The official result will be announced by the state elections board after the meeting to review the results that is tentatively scheduled for May 22nd!
It was a close race, with Keith coming in second place. But his campaign manager, Christine Botta revealed that Keith had decided to concede his loss to the 35-year-old before he died.
[Image via PNP/WENN.]