I don't know, Kelly's day in the sun might be over but for a while there she had many hits that were actually being played on the radio. I don't know if I've ever heard a Clay song being played on the radio, then again, I don't listen to adult contemporary or Christian music. I still think that if we sent Clay, Kelly and Carrie on a walk down the road more people would recognize Carrie and Kelly then Clay. Clay has a small group of fans. His fans are powerful and fanatic but Kelly and Carrie apply to a wider range of people. I have purchased Kelly and Carrie songs off Itunes, I can't say the same about Clay.
In reference to Clay always being referred to as the runner-up, well, he was. It was a memorable finale and he came in second, what's the big deal about calling him the runner-up. Anyone besides the winner and in Clay's case, the runner up, is just going to get a general AI reference in stories. I don't really see it being an issue. It's gossip magazines reporting a story and it doesn't seem to be important if they report what he has done seeing as how it's a story about him impregnating some lady.