Clay Aiken has retracted his claws regarding that other American Idol runner-up, Adam Lambert.
The Broadway star took to his members-only blog last night to address his earlier statements about the vocal stylings of Lambert. Explained Aiken, "I obviously meant it as a colorful statement to imply that I did not enjoy what I heard. Any performer hopes that their music will appeal to all people, but no singer realistically expects it to."
And while no one believed that Aiken literally bled from his ears at the sound of Lambert's voice, the singer chose to place the focus on the blogosphere's misinterpretation of his words rather than the harshness of his remarks.
"My opinion is just that, only my opinion, but for as much as some of the bloggers seem to dislike me and care so little about my thoughts, they sure can waste a lot of their space on what I say," complains the performer.
To be fair, when that opinion happens to be about the most talked-about kid in Hollywood and refers to said "It" man's singing as "contrived, awful and slightly frightening," a certain amount of feedback should be expected.
All criticism aside, Aiken makes it clear that he in no way meant to insult the rocker. "The only person I would really dream of apologizing to is Adam. And the irony is, if he's smart he couldn't give a crap what I think." Aiken continued, "I do apologize to Adam for my colorful (and negative) choice of words. I hope he can forgive me. I imagine he doesn't give a damn!"
And he's probably right. Lambert has way too much on his plate to worry about a little criticism. Plus, constantly fielding questions regarding his sexuality—coincidentally, a topic not unfamiliar to Aiken—and enjoying the outpour of Twitter support from all sorts of celebs can take up a lot of time.
(Originally published May 23, 2009, at 12:15 p.m. PT)