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Aiken Vs. Lambert: Adam Strikes Back

Lyndsey Parker
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Last week, season 2 American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken published a characteristically "colorful" anti-Idol rant in the subscription-only section of his official website, describing fellow Idol second-placer Adam Lambert's singing as "contrived, awful, and slightly frightening!" He wrote this despite only having watched one of Adam's American Idol performances, the polarizing Egyptian-ish "Ring Of Fire" rendition Adam sang on Country Night. Clay also asserted that America got it right when Kris Allen won the Idol title, even though he admitted that he'd never watched any of Kris's performances all season.

Anyway, the Interweb unsurprisingly exploded at the very prospect of two of the most flamboyant and controversial Idols of all time becoming embroiled in some sort of Oasis/Blur, Fiddy/Kanye, Killers/Fall Out Boy, Radiohead/Miley-style feud. How exciting! But then all the catfighting seemed to die down when Clay quickly back-pedaled the next day and offered a somewhat half-hearted apology to Adam, posting this follow-up:

"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...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. 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!"

Well, Clay's right about one thing: Adam doesn't seem to care about what Clay thinks of him or his singing.

Speaking to Access Hollywood this morning, Adam smilingly shrugged off Clay's recent blogs with a flippant: "I don't know Clay. I'm glad he's getting headlines now, though, because he wasn't before. If he wants to ride my coattails about it, good for him."

Oh, snap!

So forget about any sort of Kris Allen vs. Adam Lambert rematch. The waaaaay more fun feud may be between...the Glamberts and the Claymates. Woot! This is one battle I'd watch on pay-per-view.

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