Clay Aiken pokes fun at himself after Steve Harvey's Miss Universe snafu

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Monday, December 21, 2015
(AP Photo/Clay Aiken for Congress)
((AP Photo/Clay Aiken for Congress))
(AP Photo/Clay Aiken for Congress)

Oh what a different world it might have been if Steve Harvey ever crossed paths with North Carolina's Clay Aiken.

Harvey is in hot water after wrongly announcing the winner of Sunday night's Miss Universe competition.

Aiken seized the opportunity to poke fun at himself.

Aiken even mentioned his failed bid at winning a seat in Congress (Aiken lost to Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers 59 to 41 percent).

Aiken had name recognition as the 2003 runner-up on American Idol, but was still largely considered the underdog, especially after Republicans re-drew the congressional map in 2011. It's a rural and mostly conservative district that stretches from Asheboro east to Cary, including parts of Apex, Fayetteville and Sanford.