Harry Connick Jr. weighs in on Clay Aiken’s run for Congress, Seacrest’s career


“American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken made it official on Thursday: He’s running for Congress in North Carolina. Bloggers are truly blessed.

Popular “American Idol” judge Harry Connick Jr. marked Aiken’s forthcoming humiliation with this tweet:


Does Harry take requests?


And an exit musing from last night:


Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/02/27/harry-connick-jr-weighs-in-on-clay-aikens-run-for-congress-ponders-ryan-seacrests-career/

Clay Aiken deletes tweets before congressional run [correction appended]


Former American Idol runner-up and Democrat Clay Aiken has announced his intention make a run for a North Carolina congressional seat held by Republican Rep. Renee Elmers. Aiken’s campaign is sure to be comedy gold, but in a probable attempt to remove some of the material that could be used against him, a “clean up” of Aiken’s Twitter account was apparently in order.

One of the tweets to go was this one Aiken published during the 2012 GOP convention:


Good luck with getting those to “disappear.”

Aiken has scrubbed other tweets as well, and has changed the look of his Twitter account.

Correction note (7:50 p.m. ET): The original title of this post incorrectly indicated that Clay Aiken deleted the tweets after announcing his congressional run. The tweets were in fact deleted prior to Aiken’s announcement. It is not clear how long ago they were deleted. Our title has been changed to reflect that and we have added the word “probable” to the text of this post. Twitchy regrets the error.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/02/05/ridiculous-clay-aiken-deletes-tweets-before-announcing-congressional-run/

‘Isn’t he a Democrat?’ Clay ‘Republaiken’ signs confuse North Carolina voters


On Monday night, “American Idol” star Clay Aiken debated incumbent Renee Ellmers in the race for North Carolina’s second congressional district. The debate gave political rookie Aiken the opportunity to clarify his stand on several issues, but the pre-debate debut of “Republaiken” signs around the district seemed to lead only to confusion.

Is he a Democrat or a Republican? Check out this lawn sign from#NC02 candidate @clayaiken #Republaiken pic.twitter.com/solrhxkiGe

— Derick Waller WNCN (@derickwallerTV) October 6, 2014

What fresh hell is this? http://t.co/z1HU1EL0xd pic.twitter.com/qtnXulTvWS

— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) October 6, 2014

Isn’t he a Democrat? Lawn signs appear with ‘Republaiken’ slogan http://t.co/YyI3BpGm4d @ClayAiken #ncpol #NC02

— Moral Mondays (@MoralMondays) October 6, 2014

@MoralMondays @ClayForNC is a Democrat. A Republaiken = Republican who supports Clay Aiken for #NC02

— Kim Sugino (@dancermom2) October 6, 2014

"Republaiken" lawn signs are Republicans who support Democrat @ClayforNC this election RT .@MoralMondays Isn’t he a Democrat?

— Ning Hush (@Glambush) October 6, 2014


@MABlumenfeld That's terrible. Ban campaigns.

— Adam Cancryn (@adamcancryn) October 7, 2014

@adamcancryn Ban everything man.

— Matt Blumenfeld (@MABlumenfeld) October 7, 2014

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/10/07/isnt-he-a-democrat-clay-republaiken-signs-confuse-north-carolina-voters/

Forbes ranks Top-Earning ‘Idols’ ; the elite three: Underwood, Clarkson and Daughtry

The Top-Earning ‘Idols’

Forbes’ rankings of the top-earning American Idol alums are based on earnings from album sales, concerts, endorsements and other income for the year from June 1, 2009, through May 2010.

No. 1: Carrie Underwood

$13 million

The Muskogee, Okla.-born country pop singer has won four Grammys, 14 Billboard Music Awards and five American Music Awards. She’s also sold 9.6 million albums.

No. 2: Kelly Clarkson

$11.7 million

Idol’s first winner has sold 10.6 million albums (along with 16.1 million digital tracks, according to Nielsen SoundScan). Her latest single, “Already Gone,” hit No. 3 on Billboard charts. Currently touring in New Zealand, she’ll play the Lilith Fair music festival this month. Clarkson, 28, is now working on her fifth album.

No. 3: Chris Daughtry

$10.2 million

After playing with a series of bar bands traveling around North Carolina, Daughtry made it to Idol’s final four in the fifth season. Since leaving the show he has sold 5.7 million copies of his two albums: a Grammy-nominated self-titled debut in 2006 and Leave This Town, released last year. Followers on Twitter: 159,000.

No. 4: Kellie Pickler

$7.6 million

Pickler was one of the hardest-working Idol alums this past year, with a 100-date concert schedule. The season five finalist has sold 1.3 million records, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

No. 5: Jordin Sparks

$3.7 million

Entering Idol competition at age 17, Sparks was the youngest winner in the show’s history. The season six winner broke out with “No Air,” a duet with R&B vocalist Chris Brown. She has toured with Alicia Keyes and the Jonas Brothers. Sparks’ second album, Battlefield, debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard charts.

No. 6: Jennifer Hudson

$3.5 million

Hudson ranks lower this year due to slowing album sales and a light touring schedule, yet she remains one of the most successful Idol alums. She placed just seventh in the third season but went on to win an Oscar in 2006 for her role in Dreamgirls. Her 2008 self-titled album, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, has sold over 750,000 copies. Earlier this year she signed on as the latest spokeswoman for Weight Watchers.

No. 7: David Cook

$2.8 million

Three years ago, David Cook was tending bar in Tulsa, Okla. After winning Idol’s seventh season title in 2008, his first single, “The Time of My Life,” debuted at No. 3 on Billboard’s Hot 100, followed by a debut album, David Cook, which went platinum. He continues a lucrative endorsement deal with Skechers shoes.

No. 8: David Archuleta

$2.2 million

Defeated in the seventh season by David Cook, Archuleta went on to release a self-titled album on Jive records that reached No. 2 on the Billboard charts. He has played more than 100 live shows since Idol. Twitter followers: 372,000.

No. 9: Clay Aiken

$2 million

The Raleigh, N.C., native maintains a loyal following six years after finishing second on Idol. He has sold 4 million albums and penned a New York Times bestselling memoir. Aiken recently finished a run in Broadway’s “Spamalot.”

No. 10: Kris Allen

$1.7 million

The Arkansas native gained traction with Idol fans with his acoustic version of Kanye West’s “Heartless.” He engineered a stunning upset over Adam Lambert last year. He signed with Jive Records and released a self-titled album that reached No. 11 on the Billboard 200. He’s been performing in Las Vegas and touring nationally.

Original story appears on Forbes.com