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American Idol: Clay Aiken Wants To Replace Simon Cowell

June 27, 2010 01:00 PM by Nancy Floyd

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You can add Clay Aiken‘s name to the long list of celebrities vying for Simon Cowell‘s seat on the American Idol judging panel. The singer and season two American Idol runner-up thinks he’d be a perfect candidate to replace the acerbic Brit. Keep reading for more details on why Clay Aiken thinks the job should go to him and how he’d differ from Simon Cowell…

Ever since it was announced that Simon Cowell wouldn’t be returning to American Idol after this season, celebrities have been gunning to take his place on the judging panel. Producers of the reality singing competition have yet to announce who will be Simon Cowell’s successor, but one former American Idol contestant would like to be considered: Clay Aiken.

Clay Aiken competed in American Idol in season two, finishing in second place after that year’s winner, Ruben Studdard. Since his time on the show, he’s released five albums, toured the world, done television work (including a guest appearance on 30 Rock), and  starred on Broadway in Monty Python’s Spamalot. Because of his experience, particularly as a contestant on American Idol, Clay Aiken thinks he’d be a great replacement for Simon Cowell, if producers are interested.

“I’ve always thought it would be a great addition to the panel to have someone who’s a former contestant and knows what it’s like to be up on that stage and be critiqued,” Clay Aiken says. ”I would not put myself out there to be as caustic as [Cowell] is, but if they want to call me, bring it on. We can talk.”

Clay Aiken is going up against some major celebrities for the position, including former Poison frontman, Bret Michaels, and crooner Harry Connick Jr. Who would you like to see replace Simon Cowell?

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