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Clay Aiken Slams American Idol Premiere: ‘These Judges Have Put Me To Sleep!’

Last night was the final season premiere for American Idol, and it featured several past finalists including Ruben Studdard, Taylor Hicks, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze and Season 2 runner-up, Clay Aiken. However, Aiken’s appearance on the show didn’t prevent him from slamming the premiere on Twitter.

Aiken live-tweeted last night’s show, offering his opinions on the episode as it continued. He made a point of noting that this was the first time he’d watched the show in a decade, which helps provide some measure of context for his later negativity, since American Idol is a very different show now than it was even five years ago, much less ten years ago. Still, as the premiere went on, Aiken grew more irritated by the “boring ass responses from the judges”, adding that Simon Cowell was clearly the reason American Idol was a hit. It’s pretty scathing stuff, honestly, even though it starts out well enough with a pretty nice tweet about not knowing what you’ve got til it’s gone.

Clay Aiken Slams American Idol Premiere 'These Judges Have Put Me To Sleep!'

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But it didn’t take long for the tweets to turn sour…

After suffering backlash, Aiken’s tweets grew defensive:

I wonder if any of these tweets will prevent him from getting invited back for the finale, which has now been bumped up to April 7. I doubt it, but you never know. After all, it’s just an opinion, right or wrong. I think part of Aiken’s irritation stemmed from him expecting American Idol to still be the same show he watched ten years ago, when that isn’t really the case. For example, no joke auditions last night! And the one singer whose audition was played for comedy still had a bit of a voice on him. Ultimately, while the premiere wasn’t exactly riveting television, I don’t think it was the full-scale disaster Aiken was making it out to be.

But what do you think? Do you agree with Clay or do you feel he was overreacting? Sound off in the comments!

And if you missed last night’s premiere, check out our recap of last night’s auditions!

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