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