The pop entertainer, who apparently trademarked the term “Claymates” to describe his obsessive followers, is likely hoping those fans will vote for him in November.
The Associated Press reported Wednesday that Aiken announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the 2nd Congressional District seat in North Carolina, currently held by Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers.
In a video unveiling his bid, Aiken referred to his “golden ticket” — finishing as runner-up to Ruben Studdard in TV’s 2003 “Idol” competition, which has led to several albums and a role on Broadway. But he said he empathizes with those struggling in the 2nd District where he lives, referring to his upbringing by a mother who fled domestic violence.
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LeBron James signed with Starz network to do a sitcom called “Survivor’s Remorse.”
Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes are denying reports that they have broken up.
Observers are concerned that “Biggest Loser” winner Rachel Frederickson, who dropped from 260 to 105 pounds, got too thin.
Philip Seymour Hoffman’s friend David Bar Katz vowed to sue the National Enquirer for $50 million over a report that they were gay lovers.
Basketball player Kris Humphries is 29.
Singer Rick Astley is 48.
Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses is 52.
Actress Kathy Najimy is 57.
Singer Natalie Cole is 64.
Actor Mike Farrell is 75.
Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor is 97.