- Publish Date
- Friday, 14 January 2022, 1:51PM
He may not have won Idol, but he won the hearts of viewers.
But what is Clay Aiken up to now?
Not only has he released five studio albums since 'American Idol', but he co-authored a New York Times best-selling book and starred in the Monty Python musical 'Spamalot'.
In August 2008, he announced the birth of his son, Parker, and a month later, he came out as gay in People magazine.
In the years since he has become an activist and politician.
In 2014, he made a run for Congress in North Carolina's Second District, though he eventually lost to the Republican incumbent.
And this week the 43-year-old has announced he is running for Congress in North Carolina again - this time in a more liberal district.
In the video announcing his campaign, he said he would change North Carolina's "backwards ass policies."