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American Idol's Top 10 Best Selling Contestants of All Time

The premiere of American Idol season 14 is happening TONIGHT (January 7) at 8/7c on Fox and in celebration, we are taking a look back at the top ten best selling contestants of all time.

As you may have predicted, Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood rank above everyone else, but you may be surprised at how many albums some of the non-winners have sold!

This year, returning judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr. are hoping to find an artist that will take a place among the ranks of this list. We’ll have to follow along closely over the next five months to see who comes out victorious.

Last month, the show released a mysterious video with the voices of this year’s top 24 contestants, though we aren’t able to see any of their faces.

Click through the slideshow below to see the best selling contestants…

Clay Aiken Loses His Bid for Congress

Clay Aiken is all smiles while heading to the polling station to place his vote in the midterm elections on Tuesday (November 4) in Cary, N.C.

The 35-year-old former American Idol contestant was in the running as a Democrat for a House seat in North Carolina, but he lost to incumbent Renee Ellmers 57% to 43% with 69% of the vote counted, according to Variety.

Clay was an underdog as he was running in a district that leans Republican and he tried to distance himself from his celebrity and focus on local issues, though his opponent tried to dismiss his candidacy because of his connections to showbiz.

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Clay Aiken Tells Hacked Celebs They Got What They Deserved

Clay Aiken has just voiced his strong opinion on the celebrity nude photo scandal!

“Anybody who takes inappropriate pictures of themselves deserves exactly what they get,” the 35-year-old singer and politician shared to the Washington Post.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Clay Aiken

He added, “Of course whoever [stole and released the photos] should be hogtied…And it’s unfortunate that we don’t have Internet security right now or the laws in place to protect people from pirating that stuff.”

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Clay Aiken's Congressional Opponent Dies in Fall at Home

Keith Crisco, the man who was challenging American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken for the Democratic nomination in the 2nd Congressional District race, has died suddenly following a fall at his home.

The 71-year-old politician fell in his home in Asheboro, N.C. around 1pm today (May 12) and he was confirmed dead on the scene when emergency workers arrived, according to the Courier Tribune.

The primary had already taken place last week, but the race was too close to call and both Clay and Keith were awaiting word on how to proceed. Clay was ahead by 369 votes, but the winner was still to be determined.

We send out our thoughts and condolences to Keith‘s friends and family during this difficult time.

Hugh Jackman: 'After Midnight' Opening Night!

Hugh Jackman suits up as he attends the opening night of the Broadway play After Midnight held at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on Sunday (November 3) in New York City.

The 45-year-old Aussie actor was joined at the event by Mary-Louise Parker, Barbara Walters, star of the show Fantasia Barrino, and her fellow American Idol contestants Clay Aiken and Justin Guarini, who came out to show their support.

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Earlier in the week, Hugh was spotted rocking a minefield mask while out and about on Halloween with his daughter Ava.

20+ pictures inside of Hugh Jackman and others at the opening night of After MidnightMore Here! »

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Clay Aiken: 'Celebrity Apprentice' Cast Photos!

Check out the cast pics for the new season of The Celebrity Apprentice!

Clay Aiken, Aubrey O’Day, George Takei, and Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice will be vying for the title while competing for each of their charities.

“Being in front of [Donald] Trump is more intimidating than [being in front of Simon Cowell]. That’s because you realize his success is real outside of TV. Whereas with Cowell, I don’t deny him his value – but singing is not his expertise,” Clay, who once was runner-up on American Idol, told Today.

Rounding out the cast: Adam Carolla, Arsenio Hall, Cheryl Tiegs, Dayana Mendoza, Debbie Gibson, Dee Snider, Lisa Lampanelli, Lou Ferrigno, Michael Andretti, Patricia Velasquez, Paul Teutul, Sr., Penn Jillette, Tia Carrere, and Victoria Gotti.

Tune into the premiere of The Celebrity Apprentice Sunday, February 12, at 9/8c on NBC!

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Clay Aiken: Outfest Film Festival!

Clay Aiken arrives at the Directors Guild of America on Sunday (July 17) in Los Angeles.

The 32-year-old entertainer screened an episode of Drop Dead Diva as part of the 2011 Outfest Film Festival.

Clay was a guest star on the show’s third season premiere in an ep centering on a girl banned from her high school prom because she wanted to bring her girlfriend as her date.

Lance Bass and actress Amanda Bearse were also featured in the episode!

10+ pictures inside of Clay Aiken at a screening of Drop Dead Diva

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