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Clay Aiken: Sorry for my 'colorful' critique, Adam

Clay Aiken says blood did not truly pour forth from his ears when he heard American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert sing “Ring of Fire ” – and he is sorry for his “colorful choice of words.”

“I obviously meant it as a colorful statement to imply that I did not enjoy what I heard, the former Idol contestant wrote in a blog entry dated Friday on his Web site. He also says he did not mean it as “a ‘slam’ on Adam as a person.”

He had previously blasted Lambert’s take on the classic Johnny Cash tune as “contrived,” “awful” and “slightly frightening.” Aiken says he hopes Lambert can forgive him – but adds Lambert probably does not care about what he said.

Aiken lost out to Ruben Studdard in 2003. He has since released several albums, appeared on Broadway and publicly confirmed he is gay.