After Failed Bid for Congress, a Popular ‘American Idol’ Alum Gets a TV Show

Nov 5, 2014  •  Post A Comment

One of the most popular contestants from the early years of “American Idol” will be the focus of a new TV project. After he was defeated in his bid to win a seat in Congress from North Carolina, Clay Aiken’s run for office will be chronicled in a docuseries on Esquire Network, The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports.

The untitled four-hour series will debut in early 2015. The project comes from Academy Award winner Simon Chinn of “Searching for Sugar Man” and Emmy winner Jonathan Chinn of “American High.”

“Aiken, a gay Democrat and single dad, ran against incumbent Congresswoman Renee Ellmers in the predominantly Republican North Carolina 2nd District. Via strategy meetings, debate prep, town halls, bus tours and door-to-door canvassing, the docuseries will provide an intimate look at the hope of victory and, ultimately, the disappointment of defeat.”

Aiken, 35, was a contestant on the second season of “American Idol,” finishing second to Ruben Studdard.

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