Before anyone had any inkling that Tuesday’s elections would be a tsunami for Republicans, it looked like former “American Idol” runner up Clay Aiken had a chance—a slim chance, to be sure, but a chance to defeat Tea Party Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers in Aiken’s bid for a seat in North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District. After all, the Democrats were all-in trying to save Kay Hagan’s Senate seat, as Aiken told supporters at a Sept. 30 fundraiser at the hilltop Los Angeles home of Extra correspondent Michael Corbett.
That didn’t happen. Hagen lost as Republicans took over the Senate and Ellmers sailed to reelection, besting Aiken 59 to 41 percent. But no sooner had he lost his race than NBCUniversal-owned Esquire Network announced a “docuseries” about Aiken’s campaign that would air in early 2015. “Life is just a reality show for singer Clay Aiken,” wrote the New York Daily News. Some Los Angeles donors to Aiken’s campaign were upset by the news: they agreed to be filmed for a BBC documentary, not a reality show. They feel duped.
The Daily Mail in the UK put the venture this way:
Clay Aiken lost his bid for Congress on Tuesday and while others might retreat to lick their wounds, the former American Idol star has grasped the opportunity to bounce back on to TV.
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