To be fair, calling Clay Aiken and Rihanna “enemies” is a bit premature at this point in the game. Right now, Rihanna probably isn’t aware than any gauntlet has been thrown down. But it has, by the always adorable and talented Clay Aiken.
Here’s a couple of quotes from Clay’s appearance on the show Watch What Happens last night:
The trouble started when host Andy Cohen asked Clay to name which current pop singer wouldn’t make it past the first few rounds of his reality show alma mater, American Idol.
Apparently, he was spoilt for choice.
“Oh God, there’re too many. Too many…Current pop singer? I’ve stopped listening to them because they can’t sing,” he said, biding his time before coming up with his answer.
“Um…Rihanna has some pitch problems for sure. She does…Now I’m gonna get in trouble, too.”
One of the funniest things about all of this to me is how E! reported it. After they shared that little exchange, they said “Pitchy, dawg? Sounds like someone’s been taking critique lessons from Randy Jackson.” Because noting pitch problems in a singer is so specifically Randy Jackson and just ridiculous to mention in the first place. They started off the whole article by asking “Did someone declare open season on Rihanna among the—how should we put this?—less than relevant of her musical peers?” Another less relevant peer they mention is Gene Simmons, who recently said “”We’re sick and tired of girls getting up there with dancers and karaoke tapes in back of them. No fake bullshit. Leave that to the Rihanna, Shmianna and anyone who ends their name with an A.” But right, according to E!, Clay Aiken and also Gene f*cking Simmons are less relevant than Rihanna. Honestly.
But anyway, let’s get back to the main story, shall we? Which is, in case you forgot, Clay Aiken just threw down! And by “threw down,” I mean “told the truth,” obviously. I’m usually pretty bad with picking out exactly what’s wrong with a person’s singing – whenever I watch The Voice and someone says that a contestant got too pitchy, I usually have no idea what they’re talking about – but I’m ok at picking out who’s not a great singer. And let’s be real here, Rihanna is not a great singer. When she started out, she was super cute and her music was catchy as hell, but I don’t think anyone was ever like “wow, that voice!” That’s just not the kind of singer Rihanna is.
What do you guys think? Was Clay way out of line in saying what he did, or was he just speaking the truth?