In 2003, an unknown singer named Clay Aiken dazzled the competition but finished as a runner-up to Ruben Studdard in the second season of "American Idol."
He recently made his return to national TV competition as a participant on "Celebrity Apprentice." For those who really hadn't seen him beyond what he's accomplished as a singer, expectations were probably low.
How was this kid from North Carolina going to compete in a business/marketing format where the winner had to demonstrate leadership and the ability to navigate through complex personalities to accomplish a goal?
Well, he did just fine. Like "American Idol," he made it to the final against former talk-show host Arsenio Hall. Clearly, Aiken seemed the stronger player throughout the season, showing street smarts, business savvy and delivering results with passion and, at times, a firm hand.
So when Donald Trump hired Hall, Aiken was dissed again.