Clay Aiken

'American Idol': Where even the losers were winners

'American Idol': Where even the losers were winners

For a while, there was no greater prize on TV than the title of the next "American Idol." With the series ending next year, that title doesn't carry with it quite the heft and import it once did, but for a time in the early part of the 21st century, Fox's reality singing competition was so popular, it didn't even matter if you didn't win -- just being on the show afforded a level of fame and success most can only dream of. Although seemingly everyone remembers the first "Idol" winner, Kelly Clarkson, many might not realize that Clay Aiken, though famous, didn't actually win. Nor did top singer Adam Lambert. As we collectively prepare to bid...