Clayton Holmes "Clay" Aiken (born November 30, 1978), is an American singer, songwriter, actor, producer and author who began his rise to fame on the second season of the television program American Idol in 2003. RCA Records offered him a recording contract, and his multi-platinum debut album Measure of a Man was released in October 2003. He released four more albums on the RCA label: Merry Christmas with Love (2004), A Thousand Different Ways (2006), and the Christmas EP, All is Well (2006). His fourth studio album (the first album of original material since 2003's Measure of a Man), On My Way Here was released on May 6, 2008.
After the release of On My Way Here, Aiken left RCA and later signed with Decca Records. His first album with Decca, Tried and True, was released June 1, 2010.
American Idol may tap into its former contestant pool to find judges for next season.
Thursday’s American Idol offered a quite a reunion. Season 3 winner Fantasia, season 2 runnerup Clay Aiken and former judge Paula Abdul appeared during the Top 5 Results live show. WATCH THE VIDEOS
"American Idol" top 5 eliminations results show kicked off Thursday with intense speculation over who would be eliminated. When the moment finally came, it was revealed that Janelle Arthur was going home.