Clay Aiken has made the rumor into a reality:
He is running for Congress in North Carolina.
The former American Idol champion has released a lengthy video to promote his campaign, citing his success in music and his work with UNICEF as reasons why he should earn your vote.
“I’m not a politician. I don’t ever want to be one,” says Aiken, slamming incumbents for their military cuts and last year's government shutdown.
“This is what’s wrong with Washington," Aiken explains. "That a Congresswoman would go there and vote against the best interests on North Carolina military families, and those that depend on the military for their job.”
Will you vote for Aiken, who may struggle for support from Rihanna fans? VOTE NOW:
And is Aiken among your all-time favorite American Idol alums? Click through some selections here:
1. Kelly Clarkson
All hail queen Kelly! The original AI winner has a powerhouse voice and hits galore.
2. Phillip Phillips
Season 11's victor Phillip Phillips not only has the same first and last name, his song home is the best-selling American Idol single!
3. Fantasia Barrino
Fantasia has starred on Broadway numerous times and can call herself a Grammy winner.
4. Paul McDonald
Season 11's folk-rock crooner Paul is a mega-talent. Plus, he married Twilight star Nicki Reed...
5. Kellie Pickler
Country cutie Kellie Pickler giggled her way into America's hearts on season 5. She is also a Dancing With The Stars winner!
6. David Cook
Season 7's David Cook was a fan favorite and the ultimate winner, besting David Archuleta.
7. Adam Lambert
Adam Lambert was the runner-up to Kris Allen, but earned a legion of fans he has kept with him to this day.
8. Jordin Sparks
Hi, Jordin Sparks! The former American Idol champion arrives here at the 2013 American Music Awards.
9. David Archuleta
Who doesn't adore David Archuleta? The former runner-up attended the season 10 finale of American Idol.
10. Chris Daughtry
Chris Daughtry is one of the best-selling Idol artists in history. He also looks great shirtless.
11. Katharine McPhee
Amazingly, neither the smoldering Katharine McPhee or Chris Daughtry won their season. Taylor Hicks outlasted them both.
12. Clay Aiken
Clay Aiken has gone on to have a successful post-American Idol career. He's starred in Broadway and released a number of albums.
13. Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson is the only American Idol alum to claim this title: Oscar winner.