You would think that [artist id="1236902"]Clay Aiken[/artist] has nothing but kind things to say about “American Idol” — the show that launched his career — or Adam Lambert, the season-eight runner-up who many in the media compared him to.
Well, apparently that’s not the case.
In a lengthy blog post on his official site — which has since been taken down but can be viewed on
Gawker.com — Aiken ripped into the show and Lambert, accusing the former of having lost its way and showing “blatant favoritism … towards one contestant,” and the later of being, well, terrible and sort of scary.
“I only turn the show on once a season, and only to see what the set looks like each year. This year, I happened to turn it during the minute Adam Lambert was singing ‘Ring of Fire,’ ” Aiken wrote. “And, at that moment, I thought my ears would bleed. Contrived, awful and slightly frightening. I wasn’t really a fan and found myself surprised whenever folks told me they liked him.”
Aiken then turned his ire on “Idol” itself, writing that, in the early seasons, the show was about finding “real people who happened to sing/ entertain well,” but it has since lost its way, turning into just another character-driven reality slog where judges openly show favoritism.
“Somewhere along the way, ‘AI’ stopped being about real people,” Aiken wrote. “This year, there was an obvious bias. Not even having watched the show, I can tell you that I was WELL aware of the bias from the judges as to who should win. In my opinion, that is awfully unattractive. I don’t think I am alone.”
Aiken added that he “couldn’t be happier” about Kris Allen defeating Lambert in the “Idol” finale, because it showed that he’s not the only one who’s grown tired of the show’s bias and favoritism.
“I think many voters got sick of being ‘told who to vote for.’ I think many were turned off by the blatant favoritism shown towards one contestant. On that last night, they used their votes against a contestant that they were tired of hearing about, and for the contestant who had been written off,” he wrote. “I think they voted AGAINST an ‘American Idol’ that has, for four years now, been more about the slick productions and polished contestants than it has been about finding the raw talent that it did in its first three seasons.”
He closed the post by calling Allen’s victory a “resounding and clarion call” and hoped that the “Idol” producers were listening, because the voters are telling them “Enough with the pretention. More Rubens, more Clays, more Fantasias and Tamyras and Kellys please.”
And though he obviously feels strongly about the direction “Idol” is heading, Aiken has since removed the blog post from his site. At press time, a spokesperson for Aiken had not responded to MTV News’s requests for comment on the post.