Clay Aiken Thinks Donald Trump Is More Intimidating Than Simon Cowell

By Jessica Grabert 4 years ago discussion comments
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Itís no surprise Clay Aiken might find his experience on Celebrity Apprentice more difficult than American Idol. On Idol you are only making decisions for yourself, you donít have to rely on any teammates, and you are totally at the mercy of American voters. Celebrity Apprentice is more like a snake pit. You are part of the pit, part of the team, but after every challenge you have to go into a stifling boardroom and be prepared to fight for your on-air life. In that environment, itís no wonder Aiken found his experiences on the upcoming season of Apprentice to be a little more intimidating than his Idol days.

In an interview with Today, Aiken spoke out about how much more respect he has for Trump than for Cowell.
ďBeing in front of Trump is more intimidating than (being in front of Cowell). Thatís because you realize his success is real outside of TV. Whereas with Cowell, I donít deny him his value Ė but singing is not his expertise.Ē

Honestly, as a viewer, both Cowell and Trump seem to have a little blowhard in them. However, at the end of the day, Cowellís criticisms on Idol didnít have a huge sway over who the audience voted for. On the Apprentice end of the spectrum, if a contestant doesnít please Trump, itís over. Thatís why itís so necessary to value the mogulís criticism. If you think youíre too good to listen, youíll end up complaining to yourself on your couch at home. Luckily, this hasnít seemed to be a problem for Aiken, who compares his experiences with Trump to those with a respected high school teacher.
ďI had a Spanish teacher in high school. I rarely got in trouble in her room because I felt I was disappointing her if I got a bad grade. That had more power over me than teachers who told me I talked too much. That level of respect I had for her made me not want to fail for her. I never had that feeling with Cowell -- but I had it with Trump.Ē

We wonít have much longer to wait to see how the singer-turned-businessman does on Celebrity Apprentice. The new season premieres February 12 at 9 p.m. ET. Clay Aikenís got some stiff competition coming up. Check out TV Blend's full list of contestants before the new season begins.
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