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Clay Aiken To Adam Lambert: Sorry!

Clay Aiken To Adam Lambert: Sorry!

Yesterday, Clay Aiken bashed fellow American Idol contestant Adam Lambert‘s rendition of “Ring of Fire”. “[I] thought my ears would bleed,” Clay wrote. “Contrived, awful, and slightly frightening!”

Moments ago, Clay issued an apology, saying, “Who knew I had so much influence and that my words and opinion mattered so much to so many people!?!?! HA HA HA I’ll be the first to admit that my opinion is just that, only my opinion, but for as much as some of the bloggers seem to dislike me and care so little about my thoughts, they sure can waste a lot of their space on what I say! If only many of them took the time to pay attention to important things like the US economy and the welfare of the world’s children. But… nah… I could blog about that type of stuff anytime and most wouldn’t think twice, but let me say something that they can pick and choose quotes and misinterpret me… and it’s showtime! I never assumed my opinion mattered so much! I guess I may have been wrong.”

He continued, “That said, since my previous blog got dissected like a biology lab frog, i suppose I should clarify and even retract some of what I wrote. I am sure that some were upset by my choice of words describing my opinion of a performance I heard from Adam Lambert. I hope no one actually believed that blood truly poured forth from my ears when I heard him. I obviously meant it as a colorful statement to imply that I did not enjoy what I heard. Any performer hopes that their music will appeal to all people, but no singer realistically expects it to. God knows, I am SURE there are PLENTY of people who can’t stand to hear me sing either. I wouldn’t dream of assuming that, and I am sure that far worse things have been said about my performances than I would even venture to type here. To me, that’s fine. I don’t expect unanimous, nor even majority support for my music. But, my guess is Adam doesn’t either. I would not venture to make judgements on the personality or demeanor of anyone I don’t know, so none of what I said in my previous blog was directed as a “slam” on Adam as a person. At the same time, I wouldn’t dream of slamming him as an entertainer. He does what he does, because he enjoys it, and he obviously has many fans who enjoy it as well. If what I said in my previous blog regarding my impression of a single performance from Adam upset or offended any of his fans, I expect that the mature ones will realize that it was simply a poorly worded metaphor describing my personal tastes. The only person I would really dream of apologizing to is Adam. And the irony is, if he’s smart he couldn’t give a crap what I think of his Ring of Fire performance. As an entertainer, Adam knows that one person’s opinion of one performance really matters a little less than zero, in the grand scheme of things. He could not have gotten on Idol (nor made it as far as he did) without an immense amount of talent. He surely doesn’t need my approval to know he has a gift. At the same time, he realizes that amazing talent doesn’t always equal universal appeal. (I could NEVER have the amount of skill and talent that ballet dancers have! that’s talent! But, I don’t particularly enjoy it!) I am sure that I will have plenty of opportunities in the coming years to hear Adam sing. I imagine he’ll be around for years to come. But in the meantime, I definitely don’t want to stoop to the level of so many negative freaks on the internet… so, I do apologize to Adam for my colorful (and negative) choice of words. I hope he can forgive me. I imagine he doesn’t give a damn! :-) God knows he shouldn’t. :-) “

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  • jj

    Wow. The longest and most insincere non-apology I’ve heard in a long time. How about actually listening to a guy before slamming him? He’s all over the internet, just check him out. He’s awesome.

  • teamAI

    Good he realized that

  • g

    wow that was long, lol

  • Serena Sneddon

    OH WTF.
    That was so not an apology. Seriously, what is up with him? I remember back in grade 3, before I knew he was gay, I used to like him. And I’ve always admired him. Until yesterday when I read his blog. Seriously, Adam is sooooooooooo much better than him. Clay Aiken, you have lost a fan!

  • teri

    Clay finally realize that what he did will damage his dwindling career. Unfortunately, he lost one fan in me. He did not have the influence as he claims to be. It was just unprofessional of him to say negative things to a runner-up just like him and to AI which launched his career. Adam didn’t ask for the judges to praise him. It just came in naturally. And by the way, Adam deserves to be praised.

  • ashi jiji


  • Donna

    clay is such an attention whore…a catty little high school girl

    “who knew my words could have an impact.”

    you’re not important, clay.Adam is, SORRY!

  • Donna

    clay is such an attention whore…a catty little high school girl

    “who knew my words could have an impact.”

    you’re not important, clay.Adam is, SORRY!


    I guess Clay just realized that on his first blog he just told everybody on the net his real personality and character. We all now know the real Clay, bitter, jealous, etc. etc. If I have to pick a number, his personality and character would be at #3. Adam is way.. way better person that Clay. Adam would never say negative about anybody or anything. Adam is a very positive person, very humble, well-mannered, grateful person. All season 8 contestants would say that about him. Adam doesn’t Clay nor he needs Clay’s “apologize”. If someone told Adam what Clay said about him, he would just smile and say,”everybody has opinion’. That’s how big Adam’s personality is.

  • LuckyL

    Clay is a f****** fake and one of the gays my gay friend hates–gossipy, b*tchy, and false. He only wrote that because of people like ours’ commentary and additional backlash. And I’m not reading it, but people have confirmed it’s hogwash and horse sh*t.

    Sorry, Adam’s replaced you Clay the Lamer.

  • LuckyL

    And stop putting it on Adam you bitter f*g.


    Talent and personality, Adam’s rate is 10. Adam is the complete package. He has the voice, the talent, the look, he’s tall, he has charisma, stage presence, a great performer, etc.. etc..
    Clay is bitter and forgotten every year…. and loosing more fans now and he couldn’t accept it .. So he needs to blame someone.. He chose Adam…. WRONG TARGET!!! He didn’t bring Adam down, instead he brings himself down.


    Looking at both pictures above.. gosh.. how ugly Clay looks next to stunning, strikingly handsome Adam.

  • LuckyL

    I forgot, Clay’s from the South too, so all that residual self-hatred is coming out. No pun intended.

  • LuckyL

    And we’re the “negative freaks” of the internet Clay?–I skimmed it y’all–what an insensitive, insult-filled, argumentative bast*rd. You’re the Negative Nancy buddy! And to think I supported you when you came out! HA! And I don’t even listen to your sh**, thank God. I would want my money back.

  • Kathy K

    I read on line somewhere that Clay contacted AI and “offered” to tour with Adam which apparently was flat turned down. The AI people apparently want nothing to do with Clay. I wonder. . .does Adam need Clay or perhaps. . .could it be the other way around.

    ADAM LAMBERT – “worldwide star” – Simon Cowell.

  • susan

    I agree with Clay Aiken. AI bias pimping this year sucked. Glad someone had the guts to give an opinion.

  • LuckyL

    No, Aiken has an agenda susan. He has poor relations with Idol, Adam probably recognize this guy has bad PR all over him, as well as his career half-way stalled as it is, and a polite “no thanks,” and he became a bitter queen–and seized the chance to become relevant again.

  • Paulie

    God I love Adam Lambert! Clay? Just go away!

  • Beauty

    Clay does make a point in that everyone is entitled to their opinion regardless of how unpopular or un-”PC” it is. But what I think everyone is so riled about is the lack of comraderie between two American Idol contestants who both came in at #2, were both sexually ambiguous in their own way, who both had powerhouse voices, and who both had/are having their time in the spotlight post-Idol. For Clay to trash talk another AI contestant so close to his own experience is just wrong! It reeks of jealousy, cattiness, envy, and just being a spoiled sport/brat about giving up the AI claim to fame and spotlight for the above mentioned reasons. It’s also sad too because it’s like we all got to listen to the inner dialogue of a fading superstar/celebrity. Before his “rant” it seemed Clay couldn’t pay someone to write about him much less give him this much free publicity – and about music no less!!! In the end Clay’s “stunt” will serve its purpose to probably fuel another album release where we can then again rehash this
    “rant” and compare Clay’s vocals against Adam’s. It helps Adam too because it fires up Adam’s fans to go out and be even more vigilant in their support for him.

  • Carla

    I love Adam!

  • Beauty

    I have to add too that the side-by-side pictures doesn’t help Clay much either!!! Adam CLEARLY has sex appeal that appeals to both men AND women!!!! Clay only appeals to…………??? *crickets chirping*

  • JD

    Geez, Clay is entitled to his opinion. Some people don’t like the sound of female impersonators in Vegas, but you can still admit they have talent.
    Fact is while Clay is probably on the downside of his career, he still sold a lot of CDs and had many successful tours. Let’s see how Adam does. I really don’t know if he has a lot of strong support that will translate to sales. Kris is likable and can imagine him on radio.

  • Adam’s biggest fan

    Clay is right about himself that is no body and who should give a dame to what he said anyway. He is just a jealous pussycat who can’t meow….He better remember: when you have nothing better to say Shut the Fxxk up!!! Adam rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Clay is simply a bitter mean queen. He knows Adam will be bigger than he ever was, and he’s trying to bash him. Clay dahling, don’t give your opinions if nobody asked for them. And if you have nothing good to say, don’t say anything at all. Never liked your music, but I love Adam’s. Adam is going to take you down, with just his talent.

  • Oscarthegrouch

    I’m still laughing at the fact that some people actually PAY MONEY for a membership on his website to read about his mindless dribble on nothingness.

  • ATwilightKiss

    I think Clay put it best when he wrote about what Adam may think of his comments:

    “I imagine he doesn’t give a damn! :-) God knows he shouldn’t. :-) “

  • erin

    Who even wants to hear his opinion.

  • TC

    I think he (Claytard) thinks he has influence & still relevant.

    Kinda like he probably thinks he’s handsome & sexy. Which he ain’t.

    It’s pretty sad, if ya think about it…

  • TC


    How right you are :)

  • Atlanta_mike

    Well, let me join the minority here (Team Susan and Mike) and say that I’ve always wondered how the judges raving about a performer made the fans of others vote even harder …
    Insofar as the apology being sincere – who can judge Clay except a mind reader, or God? Haven’t we all said things in a moment of emotion that we felt we could have said better, more tactfully?
    I could also say there was a song of Adam’s that I wasn’t thrilled about, as that’s just due to our individual tastes. (And, to qualify my comments, I’m a “Gokey-supporter-turned-Adam-admirer” as I slowly saw the talent and artistry that Adam possessed was second to none in this competition.)
    Clay apologized, and I’m going to accept it at that. He didn’t have to, but he did. His career may be on the wane, but he’s enjoyed quite a bit of success being a 2nd place finisher (who also deserved to finish first). His initial comments surprised me also, and I don’t know why he made them at the time, but his apology is sufficient for me.

  • donna

    Clay stop raiding on Adam success! you are such an attention seeker, what a b***h! Clay who? i forgotten already….so just shut the hell up!

  • Mike Erwood

    Adam Lambert has more talent in his pinky than Clay who?????. The guy just needs to shut up and he might even learn how to lose gracefully.

  • DJ

    Another thing to remember is that Adam lost in a landslide to Kris. So obviously America had issues with Adam too. Of course they may not have like Adams flaming-ness, but his vocal style is something that can grate on some people. You have to give Clay some credit that he still has people paying whatever bucks a month/year to read his blog, six years after Idol is over. And still supposedly made more than David Cook in 2008 according to I totally agree that it will probably be the last time that happens.
    Just remember that there are some false Idols and we can’t judge how each Idol will do a week after the show is over. There was the same passion for both McPhee and Hicks,and we know what happened a year later. The season 7 top two seem to be doing okay according to I have doubts about the top two this year.

  • petra

    that was a crappy apology. he should have said nothing. he was right to begin with ring of fire was crap on a stick. problem is, he shouldn’t have made a sweeping generalisation over the guys worst performance.

    Clay’s talented. Adam’s talented. They just sing very very differently.

    But…It’s kind of stupid to stop being a fan of someone over one thing they said that got blown out of proportion, that seems rather akin to getting up in arms about Clay forming an opinion of Adam from one performance (which is generally considered his worst). Pot meet kettle, anyone?

  • gena

    Clay’s a great guy who for years has taken the high road, even when asked about people who have been unkind to him. I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt because I don’t think he meant any harm to Adam. He answered a question that was asked by a fan and was meant to stay on his private fan board. I’d like to see the same uproar over some of the so called comedians who deliberately go on national tv and trash people for a laugh.

  • marcie

    Adam is going to be a superstar, far exceeding any of the trails previous winners–including Ms. Clarkson–have blazed. Mr. Aiken is a vague second-ran who will never come close to touching his stardust. He’s a bore, and now we know he’s also got a jealous streak.

  • make sense

    Hey, that’s not an apology! Are you a bit jealous, Clay?

  • blood bath

    Aiken is achingly jealous. Good!!! I’m glad he’s miserable about it.
    Adam is waaayyyyy out of his league and he knows it.
    Adam does not even have to acknowledge a has been that never was either.
    Go Adam! We love you!

  • Jessbeecoz


    What mainly pizzed ‘me’ off about your comment… is that you only listened to a snippet of one performance. Personally, I didn’t like Adam’s rendition Ring of Fire either. There is no question in the next several years I will pay some serious money to see Adam ‘live’ in a concert or Vegas or wherever. Hmmm… Ivan Idea… Steve Wynnn should build the Lambert Theatre in Vegas. Would be one helluva venue.

  • acctess

    Clay, now come on. I was a big fan of yours but this has totally turned me off. Please take a leaf out of the amazing Adam’s book and try to be courteous and gracious and loving for once.
    And re the “kris won in a landslide” comment above – check out the Arkansas website KrisAllenNation where they are celebrating their ability to rig the free ATT “go” phones to vote 10 times every 5 seconds across all the time zones. Oh, and please read the posts from the church group of 105 that are thrilled to announce they managed to log 406,000 votes!
    I bet that makes you feel really proud.

  • DJ

    Adam’s popularity is overrated. That is why I won money on Looking at dialidol results you could see that Danny and Kris were getting more or equal votes than Adam. It was obvious that once one of them was eliminated it would be a landslide victory against Adam. I’m just PO’d I focused most of my money on Danny, he was only getting 3-1 to 2-1 odds. Kris was around 8-1. I finally bet on him at 5-1 during the final 4.
    That’s the same way I won on David Cook. If you went by the judges opinions you’d thought David A was a shoe-in. But you have to look at the votes, and Cook was winning every week the last six weeks.
    Adam is very overrated. I don’t think this batch of Idols will do well as far as selling CDs and getting radio play. You have to realize that there is a certain insanity of support for Idols a week after the show is over. Maybe in the beginning of 2010 you can get a general idea of what type of success they’ll have.


    Wow. Again. THAT’S what Clay considers an apology?

    I have been a BIG Clay supporter. Maybe he just doesn’t have writing skills? Could that be it?

    Forget thinking that the Adam/Kris finale and the gay/Christian thing. Look at what great attitudes Adam and Kris have. And then, you have Clay. I think Clay needs a day job. Spokesman for Jenny Craig maybe?

  • ANNE

    too long,i will skip it,do not care what he says,i just need a place to lay my love to adam RIGHT NOW,i love u adam,l already miss u

  • Frenchie

    @Adam’s biggest fan:

    You must care or you wouldn’t be here going on and on about it.

  • pAT

    For freaking goodness sake, get over it people. People have said rotten nasty things about Clay Aiken for years and I have never heard anyone offer an apology.
    Adam had better go shopping for a way thicker skin, and his fans as well, if they are in this for the long haul. Whiney much??? Adam is going to hear much worse than anything Clay Aiken has to say about him. He surely is not going to be everyone’s cup of tea and frankly, he makes my ears bleed too. Stop screeching Adam and start singing for a change. It might help!
    As for Adam Lambert being bigger than Clay ever was…SNORT!! Check back in with me after the first week sales of Adam’s first CD are tallied. Then we will compare. LOL LOL LOL!

  • Anon

    B e-yotch!!! So Clay. On behalf of me, an Adam fan, I hope you don’t mind that I will never pay money to see you, or download any music from you. You have no grace and you are a mean spirited creep.
    What you said was unnecessary and hurtful. If you’re pissed off with the management of American Idol, say so. But you attacked another artist. That was wrong. Adam might not care that you don’t like his music, or his style. He knows he is edgy. But to publically ridicule him, which is what you did, was just cruel. And unprovoked. Shame on you.
    Then again, maybe you’re going after the Xtians hoping they will buy your music and see your plays. Hah. Hold your breath.

  • sarit

    I never liked clay or his songs. There is one song I like now is the one that Adam sings, and it’s only because Adam sings it, in his own unique talent. Clay says that he didn’t know he has so much influence…hahaha.. I think the only influence he has is to kill his own career. It doesn’t matter whether you are famous or not – a person should think before he says things (especially if they are negative) and not after. I think Adam did a favor to Clay that he took his song and put him back on the map…
    The only good move Clay probably did recently, is apologizing. But still it’s a good move that serves him to save himself from his own stupidity. This is show biz… you gotta be careful…

  • Barb c.

    Disappointed in Clay — longtime fan and big time fan of Adam — thought that Clay had more maturity and class than that. Adam will get free publicity anyways, not that he needs it. This is just the beginning for Adam and he will be the one in the spotlight and obviously is a class act in himself. Adam has a very bright future ahead of him!!

  • jm

    You people are nuts. Who cares about what Clay Aiken thinks about Adam Lambert? The fact is that Adam Lambert isn’t going to appeal to everyone. He certainly doesn’t appeal to the more conservative group of people (which has nothing to do with his sexuality) just because of his music style. Clay Aiken’s music style is much more conservative than Adam’s, and it makes sense that he wouldn’t like Adam’s style of music. So, my point is, who cares??? We all have our opinions, some are just more vocal about it than others. Get over it folks.

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