Clay Aiken Trashes 'American Idol' Final Season Premiere on Twitter

Clay Aiken
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Clay Aiken photographed in Raleigh, N.C., on Feb. 4, 2014. 

American Idol Season 2 runner-up Clay Aiken is no longer impressed with the show that gave him a break.

Aiken -- who was featured in the Fox show's premiere and will also be seen next week standing in for Ryan Seacrest in Philadelphia -- tuned in last night to watch the show after claiming not to have watched the program in 10 years in a 2015 interview with Billboard.

"Watching American Idol for the first time in a decade. You never know what you've got til its gone," he wrote.

Less than an hour later, Aiken's initially friendly intentions went sour after witnessing a bizarre audition from a contestant named Joe. The singer -- who claimed to be classically trained -- sounded more like a dying cow falling off the Empire State Building. At least that is what former judge Simon Cowell might have said. Aiken was aghast at the tepid humor current judges Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban came up with in response to Joe's time in front of the cameras.

" I know why the ratings are down," he tweeted.

He continued by ripping into the trio, complaining that Cowell would have never let that audition go by so easily.

"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 continued.

Joe was awful and had all the markings of a classic Idol joke contestant. Aiken felt the moment needed more snark.

"It's VERY clear now that Simon Cowell was the reason American Idol was a hit. I've watched root canals more entertaining than these judges," he said.

When fans started coming at Aiken on Twitter for his candor, Aiken tried to save face, praising the North Carolina contestants to "totally make tonight's show worth watching!!"

He then said he was switching the channel to watch Tyra Banks because the judges were putting him "to sleep."

The former Congressional candidate continued to compare Idol to a struggling sports team.

"When your favorite team that you've cheered for for years happens to play a shitty game, you're absolutely allowed to be upset about it," he tweeted. "We're all more critical of the things we care about most."

He concluded by tweeting, "When you really love something you only want the best for it, and you have high expectations for those you know are capable of it."

While Aiken was less than complimentary last night, other Idols tweeted support. Season 1 winner Kelly Clarkson got emotional, tweeting, "Watching @AmericanIdol & totally crying like a pregnant girl every time some1 makes it ha! Last season, so crazy! Thanks 4 my start Idol 🙂 "

Clarkson, who was watching the show with makeup artist Ashley Donovan, did get in one funny dig.

"Watching @AmericanIdol with @ashes2lashes and she said they should tell the bad ones they can always audition next year ha! #lastseason."


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