American Idol: Ada Vox, Catie Turner Call Clay Aiken “Bitter, Desperate”

AMERICAN IDOL - "116 (Top 7)" - The Top 7 finalists perform two songs this week, battling it out for AmericaÕs vote to make it into the Top 5, as the search for AmericaÕs next superstar continues on its new home on AmericaÕs network, The ABC Television Network, SUNDAY, MAY 6 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT, 5:00-7:01 p.m. PDT). (ABC/Eric McCandless) CATIE TURNER

American Idol season 2 runner-up Clay Aiken is not making friends with the current cast! First, he criticizes drag queen Ada Vox’s vocal abilities in an Op Ed for the Huffington Post.

For her part, Ada responded via twitter in a gracious manner, saying, “From this, I will take your words and use them to build myself up to become even better. I know that there are great things to come for me in the near future, and I’m glad that you believe in my career! Im honestly honored. Thank you!”

But after Catie Turner flubbed her lyrics during a performance of “Manic Monday” on Sunday’s telecast, and Clay criticized the judges for not offering a harsher critique. Well. The gloves were off!

“So when i was on @AmericanIdol I slightly flubbed some lyrics. Nowhere near this noticeable…and even Paula gave me hell,” Clay wrote. “This girl gets a therapy session?! Really? Seriously??! What happened to the show we loved?” Incidentally, while the judges were forgiving, Catie, along with fellow contestant Jurnee, were eliminated at the end of the show after a coast to coast vote.

But Clay wasn’t finished yet. The three time second placer (He lost American Idol in 2003, The Apprentice in 2012 and a 2014 bid for Congress) followed up with another tweet, “Remember back 2002 – 2003 when @AmericanIdol was a high stakes singing competition & we were all waiting and nervously anticipating what @SimonCowell had to say? Why’s it now totally without critique and essentially just a Vacation Bible School talent show?” 

Coming to his pal Catie’s defense, Ada was no longer diplomatic, “You’re really starting to look desperate @clayaiken,” Ada wrote on Twitter. “… you had your time. There’s no point in attacking an 18 year old girl because you’re bitter about your f*ck up. Stop trying to stay relevant by riding the coat tails of a show that you couldn’t win, either. #TakeASeat”

Catie herself also responded. She was not having any of it. “I’m sorry clay you are still upset about something that happened to you 16 years ago it shows bitterness doesn’t age well!”

She added: “No shade and nothing but respect…just disappointed in someone who has been through this experience wouldn’t have an ounce of empathy and wants an 18 year old to get clawed into because they were at that age.”

Clay has yet to respond.

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