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Clay Aiken Apologizes for Defending Donald Trump

Clay Aiken is issuing an public apology after defending Donald Trump amid reactions to his recent press conference placing blame on “alt-right” and “alt-left” and defending neo-Nazis at the Charlottesville protests.

“Remember all those times I defended @realDonaldTrump and believed he was not actually racist? Well… I am a f*****g dumbass. #imsorry,” Clay posted on Twitter.

Later, he clarified, “TBC… I’ve always thought he would be a dumpster fire as a president, and I was right about that. I just didn’t think he was racist. #wrong.”

“Bitch, please! If you think I have EVER been a “Trump supporter” you’re as crazy as he is. #payattention….My party is the Democrats. I didn’t vote for the idiot. Never ever implied that I did or would. Was VERY vocal about not voting for him,” he added, indicating he voted for Hillary Clinton.

Clay appeared on Trump‘s reality show Celebrity Apprentice years ago.

VIDEO: Clay Aiken & Ruben Studdard Reunite for First TV Performance Together in 13 Years!

Clay Aiken was the runner-up to Ruben Studdard on the second season of American Idol and the longtime friends just reunited for their first television performance in 13 years!

The guys sang the holiday classic “This Christmas” during an appearance on The View on Thursday morning (December 15) in New York City.

Clay and Ruben said that they speak to each other on FaceTime at least once a week and they didn’t rule out the possibility of getting into the studio together again one day.

Watch the full performance video below!


Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard Perform “This Christmas” on ‘The View’

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Megan Hilty & Colin Donnell Couple Up At Cirque du Soleil's 'Paramour' Opening Night!

Megan Hilty hits the red carpet with her husband Brian Gallagher while attending Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour On Broadway Opening Night Celebration held at the Lyric Theatre on Wednesday (May 25) in New York City.

The happy couple were joined at the event by Chicago Med‘s Colin Donnell and his wife Patti Murin, David Burtka, Clay Aiken, Brooke Shields, Christopher J. Hanke, Ivanka Trump and Gretchen Mol.

Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour will be open to the public starting Friday (May 27) – Buy tickets here!

FYI: Megan is wearing an alice + olivia dress. Brooke is wearing a J. Mendel dress.

20+ pictures inside of Megan Hilty and others at the opening night of ParamourMore Here! »

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Jessica Sanchez Shows Off Powerhouse Vocals on 'Idol' Finale

Jessica Sanchez belts out an amazing rendition of “The Prayer” during American Idol‘s series finale on Thursday (April 7).

The 20-year-old season 11 runner-up was joined by prior contestants for a medley of songs, which was opened by Katharine McPhee and Casey James singing Lady Antebellum‘s “Need You Now”.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of American Idol

Other performers, who Harry Connick Jr. called “some of the best singers American Idol has discovered,” included Carly Smithson, Clay Aiken, Ruben Studdard and Amber Holcomb.

Watch Jessica Sanchez perform on the American Idol finale below…

Jessica Sanchez Sings “The Prayer”

FYI: Katharine is wearing a Shady Zeineldine gown.

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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?

Jonathan Groff, Jenna Ushkowitz & More Celebrate 'Spring Awakening' Opening Night!

Jenna Ushkowitz and Jonathan Groff hit the carpet at the Broadway opening night celebration of Spring Awakening held at The Brooks Atkinson Theatre on Sunday (September 27) in New York City.

The former Glee co-stars were joined at the event by Debra Messing, Mamie Gummer, Kelly Ripa, Brooke Shields, Clay Aiken, SNL‘s Taran Killam, Nolan Gerard Funk, T.R. Knight, Lance Bass and his love Michael Turchin, Peter Gallagher (whose daughter Kathryn is in the show!), Rosie O’Donnell and her son Blake, and Kathy Najimy with her husband Dan Finnerty.

In case you didn’t know, Jonathan and Jenna both starred in the original Broadway production of the musical. Spring Awakening will only be on Broadway through January 24 – Buy your tickets here!

35+ pictures inside of Jonathan Groff, Jenna Ushkowitz and others at the opening…More Here! »

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American Idol's Top 10 Best Selling Contestants of All Time

The premiere of American Idol season 14 is happening TONIGHT (January 7) at 8/7c on Fox and in celebration, we are taking a look back at the top ten best selling contestants of all time.

As you may have predicted, Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood rank above everyone else, but you may be surprised at how many albums some of the non-winners have sold!

This year, returning judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr. are hoping to find an artist that will take a place among the ranks of this list. We’ll have to follow along closely over the next five months to see who comes out victorious.

Last month, the show released a mysterious video with the voices of this year’s top 24 contestants, though we aren’t able to see any of their faces.

Click through the slideshow below to see the best selling contestants…