Clay Aiken: I Haven't Watched 'American Idol' in 10 Years

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Clay Aiken at the season one press screening of "The Runner Up" at the Andaz Hotel on March 24, 2015.

Season 14 of American Idol is well underway, but Clay Aiken is not keeping up with the narrative.

Aiken, who last appeared on the show in season-five, singing a duet of “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” with a super fan on the 2006 finale, said he hasn’t seen the Fox singing competition in nearly as long.

“I haven’t seen that show in ten years,” said Aiken on Tuesday (March 24), following a screening of his new docu-series, The Runner-Up, which premieres on the Esquire Network April 7. Aiken's forthcoming show takes a compelling look inside his 2012 campaign for Congress in North Carolina.

During a Q&A after the screening, Aiken was also asked about his time on Celebrity Apprentice and real estate mogul Donald Trump’s recent announcement that he is forming an exploratory committee for a possible 2016 run for president.

Aiken, who noted that Trump will be “another colorful cast member” in the Republican race for President, is surprised the businessman is running.

"He tends to not like to do anything he is not going to be successful at, sticking his neck out,” Aiken added. “I like him as a person. He has been nice to me and supported me, but I think he's got maybe less of a chance than I did.”


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