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Clay Aiken Slams 'American Idol' & Criticizes 'Boring' Judges

Clay Aiken is not a fan of the show that made him famous.

The 37-year-old singer, who placed second in season two of American Idol, took to Twitter to complain about the final season premiere.

“Well… now I know why the ratings are down,” Clay tweeted. “Oh good Lord… those boring ass responses from the judges!? Where is Simon [Cowell] when you need him!? That guy need a hook to pull him off stage.”

He added “It’s VERY clear now that @SimonCowell was the reason @AmericanIdol was a hit. I’ve watched root canals more entertaining than these judges.”

WHAT DID YOU THINK of the season premiere and Clay’s response?

Former 'American Idol' Host Brian Dunkleman Finally Speaks!

Brian Dunkleman, who co-hosted American Idol alongside Ryan Seacrest in the show’s first season, has finally spoken up about his life after Idol.

The 44-year-old recently told CNN that his decision to leave the show to pursue acting just before Ryan shot into superstardom left him feeling “very upset about it for a long, long time.”

“I don’t even know who I would be if I was still on that show… I knew that if I had stayed, I wouldn’t have had a chance (to pursue acting),” Brian said. “Of course, when it comes to the financial aspect, of course there are regrets. I wouldn’t be human if I said no.”

Brian said he has chosen to let it go, stating, “You got to make up your mind that either you are going to be that angry guy for the rest of your life, or you gotta move on. It’s taken me a long time to get there.”

'American Idol' 2016 - Watch 10 Audition Clips from Final Season

The final season of American Idol will be premiering tonight (January 6) and we have gathered all of the audition clips released so far!

Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr. have all returned as judges and Ryan Seacrest is hosting the show for the 15th and final time this year.

Make sure to tune in for the two-night season premiere tonight and tomorrow at 8/7c on Fox.

Click through the slideshow below to watch audition clips from the premiere…

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'American Idol' Judges - Recap of All 15 Seasons of Panelists!

The fifteenth and final season of American Idol is about to premiere so we thought it would be a good time to take a look back at all of the past judges the show has had!

Do you remember that Ellen DeGeneres was a judge for one season?! She joined the panel in the middle of season nine and guest judges had to be used for the initial audition rounds.

The show started with a panel that consisted of Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson. The final season will end with Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr. as the judges.

Click through the slideshow below to see all of the American Idol judging panels…

American Idol's Past Winners - Where Are They Now?

There will only be one more winner of American Idol and the search for the next superstar is beginning with the premiere of the show’s fifteenth final season.

From season one’s Kelly Clarkson all the way to season fourteen’s Nick Fradiani, we’ve seen some of the most talented people in music hit the Idol stage.

While some of the winners like Kelly and Carrie Underwood have gone on to be massive stars in the music world, there have been some winners who have struggled following their wins. In addition to the winners, we can’t forget that there are contestants who have still “won” like Jennifer Hudson, who went on the win an Oscar, and Katharine McPhee, who is now a big television star.

Click through the slideshow below to see where American Idol winners are now…

Ryan Seacrest Reveals His Favorite 'American Idol' Winner!

With the premiere of the final season of American Idol happening in less than 24 hours, Ryan Seacrest is doing press to promote the highly anticipated episode.

The 41-year-old host appeared on The Today Show on Tuesday morning (January 5) and was asked to pick his favorite winner from the past 14 seasons.

Ryan‘s pick… Carrie Underwood!

Kelly [Clarkson] too, but I was just on New Years with Carrie and she’s just a superstar,” he said. “She really is.”

“I was just sort of thinking about that last episode, the last night, the final time we crown a winner and how emotional that will be,” Ryan said. “I love this show.”

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE winner from the last 14 years of American Idol?

Kanye West's Full 'American Idol' Audition Revealed - Watch Now!

Kanye West‘s full American Idol audition video has landed on the web and it’s definitely worthy of a ticket to Hollywood!

“My name is Kanye, I’m from the south side of Chicago,” the 38-year-old entertainer told Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr., and Keith Urban before launching into “Gold Digger.” “I’m originally a producer. I always wanted to rap and no one really believed in me, so I wanted to try some things out, ya know?”

The camera panned to his wife Kim Kardashian, pregnant with Saint West at the time, who appeared as the supportive family member cheering on her hubby next to Ryan Seacrest!

The final season of American Idol premieres tomorrow on FOX!

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