Clay Aiken, the runner-up on American Idol then the runner-up on Celebrity Apprentice, is hoping for a first-place finish that will land him in Washington DC.
The openly gay singer on Wednesday (5 February) announced that he is running for a seat in the US Congress.
'I'm not a politician,' he said in a video on his campaign website. 'I don't ever want to be one.'
Aiken, 35, hopes to unseat Tea Party Republican favorite Renee Ellmers in North Carolina's conservative 2nd congressional district.