Adam Lambert can’t think of anything positive to say about Clay Aiken

Bad blood between the American Idol runner-ups dates back to 2009

Adam Lambert can’t think of anything positive to say about Clay Aiken
25 May 2012

Adam Lambert clearly hasn’t forgiven Clay Aiken for the unkind things he had to say about him three years ago.

On Bravo’s What What Happens Live Thursday (24 May), the season eight American Idol runner-up was asked to say three nice things about the man who was the runner-up during Idol’s second season.

‘Can’t think of any,’ he responded to host Andy Cohen.

Lambert was playing the show’s Plead the Fifth game during which Cohen asks three provocative questions of his guests who have the option to ‘plead the fifth’ on all but one.

Cohen asked Lambert after his initial answer: ‘Want to plead fifth?’

‘No,’ Lambert said, laughing. ‘I just can’t think of any nice things.’

The bad blood dates back to May 2009 when Lambert finished second to Kris Allen on American Idol. Aiken took to his website to post his thoughts about the results.

‘I couldn’t be happier about the way AI ended this year,’ Clay wrote. ‘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 that Adam Lambert was singing Ring of Fire and, at that moment, thought my ears would bleed. Contrived, awful, and slightly frightening! I wasn’t really a fan and found myself surprised whenever folks told me that they liked him. Granted, I never saw another performance (and many folks who I trust said that he was great) but I can’t imagine I would have enjoyed it. Just not my cup of tea at all.’

Lambert has gone on become a major star and made history this week by becoming the first openly gay artist to have an album debut at number one on the Billboard charts.

Meanwhile, Aiken was also in the news this week after finishing as runner-up to Arsenio Hall on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice.



No thumbnail available

Anti-gay Republican Dr Ben Carson announces 2016 presidential run

Dr Ben Carson hopes to be the Republican Party’s 2016 candidate for president and must think his past comments about the LGBTI community will not be a barrier to that
No thumbnail available

Alan Turing added to British banknote shortlist

The campaign to honor the gay British war hero on a Bank of England banknote has received its first official Government response as Turing is added to the bank’s shortlist
No thumbnail available

Gay dog lovers warned on pure breed suffering

RSPCA anti-cruelty charity warns gay owners that 'handbag' or 'toy' dogs are not well-bred, just 'designed to suffer'
No thumbnail available

Benjy the bull faces death for being 'gay'

An Irish farmer may send Benjy to the slaughterhouse as he is 'useless' on the farm
No thumbnail available

Twitter users take over anti-gay hashtag

Twiiter hashtag '#SignsYoSonIsGay' is quickly transformed into a message of acceptance
No thumbnail available

Denmark marks 25 years since becoming the first to legally recognize gay unions

On 1 October 1989 Denmark became the first country in the world to provide legal recognition for gay and lesbian couples – taking the first step on the road to marriage equality
No thumbnail available

UK gay marriage debate begins today, bishops urged to withhold votes

As a two-day debate on UK marriage equality goes underway in the House of Lords, senior church officials fear a backlash if too many bishops vote against the bill
No thumbnail available

Gay job advert in China deleted after sparking anger

Blogger complains gays are 'taking our boyfriends and jobs' after company seeks LGBT candidate
No thumbnail available

Tasmanian Upper House defeats provision to ban offensive anti-gay materials

Tasmania’s Upper House of state parliament has vetoed a bill that would have prohibited offensive homophobic materials just a day after the Australian postal service confiscated 38,000 extreme anti-gay election flyers in the state
No thumbnail available

Star-studded GLAAD Media Awards in LA draws Jennifer Lopez, Lupita Nyong'o and Naomi Campbell

Evening also features Ellen Page and Rita Moreno but honoree Norman Lear calls in sick