Clay Aiken didn’t let coming in second on American Idol more than a decade ago stop him from going on to become one of the biggest stars ever to emerge from that reality show competition.
Still, the openly gay singer was hoping to finish first on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice after making it to the finals of Donald Trump’s reality show and facing off against former talk show host Arsenio Hall.
‘My mother’s here tonight and she’s already sat through me losing once,’ Aiken told the live studio audience before Trump made his final decision.
But in the end, it was Hall who Trump chose as the winner despite the fact that Aiken raised twice the amount of money as Hall did during the season’s final challenge on Sunday.
There was no ill will between the finalists who even performed a duet of Lean on Me during Sunday’s finale (see video below).
Hall called Aiken his ‘lil brother Clay’ and thanked him for the tough competition and friendship.
‘Tonight we are both truly winners!’ Hall said after the show. ‘Reality’s Batman and Robin! I will always treasure that friendship.’