Clay Aiken's Hilariously Blunt Response To American Idol's Final Season Premiere

Earlier tonight, American Idol kicked off Season 15, its final set of episodes, and while some may have thought the show would pull out all the stops to bring last season’s dismal ratings back up to past highs, it was just your average batch of auditions. Or rather a below-average batch, if Clay Aiken has anything to say about it, and he definitely did, taking to Twitter to share his excellent opinions with the world. Here’s one.

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Pardon me while I make explosion sounds while waving my arms around. There are undoubtedly people out there who still truly enjoy American Idol and think that Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. are delightful and worthy of sitting behind the judge’s table for many more years. But everyone else is rather tired of them carefully choosing their words to appear as amiable as possible while protecting their own personalities. Simon Cowell’s entire persona could be summed up as one big rose thorn, so he never had to worry about doing anything but entertaining viewers through brutal honesty. And love him or hate him, it’s undeniable that he engaged people.

Aiken, whose time on Celebrity Apprentice proved him to be quite the outspoken gent, didn’t take just one shot at the program that launched him to stardom.

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The audition episodes of American Idol used to be the most popular of the bunch, and were worthy of handfuls of viral videos in the early years. But tonight’s set of tryouts was laughable as far as exciting moments went (with the exception of Jeneve Rose Mitchell and her cello), and it was all capped off with one of the lamest Kanye West TV bits since he interrupted Taylor Swift.

And to think, Aiken was actually optimistic when he first tuned in.

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Were you guys on the same page as Aiken, or are you still digging the singing competition as much as ever? Let us know, and don’t forget to tune into Fox tomorrow night for the second half of the two-night premiere.

Nick Venable
Assistant Managing Editor

Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.