North Carolinian could become next 'American Idol'

There's no college basketball left and the Carolina Hurricanes have packed up their sticks and skates. But it's Tuesday night and Raleigh is waiting to see native son Clay Aiken.

Aiken is one of the five remaining performers on the Fox program "American Idol" and one of the favorites to win the competition.

Kristen Parrish remembers Clay when he sang with her in the show choir at Leesville Road High School.

Parrish says when they were in high school, Clay was always goofing off and trying to make people laugh, and that he always did well at the comedic roles in musicals.

Now, Parrish says he's actually grown up a lot in the past couple of years.

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