Sat, 26 Jan 2013 21:30:00 GMT | By Emma Jones
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Season 2: The one where everything went wrong



Season two finalists Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard (© LUCY NICHOLSON/Newscom/RTR)
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This must have been the most controversial season of all and was so bad that it needs three slides. So here we go...

It all began with Brian Dunkleman quitting the show (to pursue the greener pastures of 3 South) and leaving Ryan Seacrest as sole bearer of the hosting duties. This extra responsibility proved too much for Seacrest, who was sick during the finale and accidentally misread the number of votes that separated the two finalists, Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken. Studdard was named the real winner -- by only 130,000 votes -- but Aiken fans still claim their calls didn't go through due to a system overload and demanded that the FCC look into the show's voting process.

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