Real estate mogul Donald Trump crowned the winner of the fifth season of NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice" Sunday night at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC.
The Week 7 finalists, who sang songs of the past three years, were mentored by Clay Aiken. The former "Idol" runner-up pegged Sanchez, 16, as a standout from before the final 13 were selected, saying, "She's gonna be a legend one day. I believe it. I really do."
The new season of Donald Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice" will return on February 12 with a sprawling cast of 18, including Clay Aiken, Arsenio Hall, Tia Carrere, Debbie Gibson, Adam Carolla, Teresa Giudice, Dee Snyder, Michael Andretti, Lisa Lampanelli, Dayna Mendoza, Paul Teutul, Sr., Lou Ferrigno, Penn Jillette, Cheryl Tiegs, Aubrey O'Day, Patricia Velasquez, Victoria Gotti and George Takei.
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"American Idol" Season 2 winner Ruben Studdard and runner-up finalist Clay Aiken are co-headlining a summer tour.
The two former rivals have been friends for seven years and are excited to be doing this concert tour together. "I couldn't ask for a better tour mate. To be able to share the stage with him again is so exciting," said Aiken in a statement. "He is such a talented artist. He inspires me daily and I think that respect and admiration will truly be reflected in our show."
Clay Aiken is saying sorry to Adam Lambert after he blasted the season 8 "American Idol" runner-up.
On Thursday, Aiken posted a blog saying Lambert's rendition of "Ring of Fire" was "contrived, awful and slightly frightening" and he thought his "ears would bleed."
The 30-year-old is now apologizing for his harsh words. Clay writes, "I never assumed my opinion mattered so much! I guess I may have been wrong." Adding, "I do apologize to Adam for my colorful (and negative) choice of words. I hope he can forgive me."
Aiken came in second to Ruben Studdard on the second season of "American Idol" in 2003.
"American Idol" alum turned Broadway star Clay Aiken was given his very own caricature at the world famous Sardi's in New York City.
Aiken stars as Sir Robin in "Monty Python's Spamalot" until January 4. The show is scheduled to end its run on January 11.
The 30-year-old made headlines this year by fathering a son, Parker, and coming out on the cover of People magazine. Aiken recently expressed his desire to have another child with his baby mama, Jaymes Foster. Clay is reportedly dating Broadway dancer Reed Kelly.