American Idol's Biggest Losers

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Clay Aiken

Season 2

Winner: Ruben Studdard

In the closest and most nail-biting American Idol finale, Aiken lost to Southern teddy bear Ruben Studdard. Still, Aiken didn’t walk away looking like your typical second place finisher. In fact, his stardom would eventually surpass Studdard’s as he went on to release albums, perform at sporting events and act in film and television.

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