Apr 16, 2017
Clay Aiken wins the next best thing to a seat in Congress… his own reality TV show!
Remember Clay Aiken, the American Idol wannabe who came in second to Ruben Studdard? A lot of people heard about that.
Remember Clay Aiken, the Celebrity Apprentice wannabe who came in second to Arsenio Hall? Some people heard about that.
Remember Clay Aiken, the celebrity on Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader who chickened out in the final round (on a question to which he knew the correct answer) and ended up taking the second-place prize for his charity? Not many people heard about that.
Now meet Clay Aiken, congressional wannabe who has come in second to incumbent Renee Ellmers in North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District. That earth-shattering news (he never had a prayer) probably got lost in the avalanche of Democratic losses this past election day.
Poor old pudgy, openly gay, second-place Clay. He can’t seem to win anything, no matter how he tries.
However, as the smoke from the carnage clears, Clay Aiken’s motives for running as a gay Democrat in a horrifically gerrymandered Red district seems to be emerging. Did he really want to join the Congress? Or, now that his singing career is officially deader than President Obama’s influence over Congress, was he just trying desperately to get on television again?
It appears that he had a camera crew following his every move—and not to provide in-depth reporting on the election. They were filming a reality show, coming in 2015 to the Esquire network. Seriously. Matt Hanna, Esquire Network’s Head of Programming, calls it “a raw and honest look at American politics through an incredibly unique and compelling candidate.”
Sounds more like a “final attention-grabbing stunt by an increasingly desperate ex-celebrity who simply refuses to go away.”