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Although his American Idol activities temporarily delayed his academic pursuits, Aiken graduated with a bachelor's degree in special education in December of 2003.
It was the fastest-selling single since Elton John's "Candle in the Wind 1997" and the best-selling single of 2003.Studdard ended up winning the competition and the recording contract prize."He was one of the first people I actually met during Hollywood week and we've been friends ever since," Studdard said of meeting Aiken on "Idol." Copyright 2016 United Press International, Inc. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.While attending college in Charlotte he took a part-time job as an assistant to a boy with autism, and it was this child's mother, Diane Bubel, who urged him to audition for American Idol.The American Idol judges first saw Aiken as a nerdy type unlikely to be any kind of idol, but they were immediately impressed once he began singing Heatwave's "Always and Forever." The clip of the judges' surprise during this audition performance was replayed many times over the course of the competition.