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Former 'Idol' Blasts Show

Claymate alert! Clay is aching to tell the world how he really feels about the show that launched his huge career five years ago -- and it isn't pretty! "I haven't watched an episode," reveals Clay, "it's just not the same thing. It's like going back to your high school and none of your teachers are there, it's just completely different."

So what is breakin' Aiken's heart about "Idol" -- and why hasn't he watched the hit FOX show since Carrie Underwood won? "I feel like the show was very innocent for a while when I was on it, and I absolutely thank God for it," says Aiken, "and now it's less and less I think -- people have record deals, contracts -- it's just not the same show. It's not that I have an aversion to it, it's just eh, next."

Next up for the "Idol" graduate is his new album, "On My Way Here" -- and it's his most personal yet. "Listen to it and how it relates to you," says Aiken.

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