Jennifer Armstrong
May 24, 2009 AT 08:02 PM EDT

Clay Aiken says he’s sorry for his “colorful” criticism of Adam Lambert’s American Idol performance of “Ring of Fire.” The 2003 Idol runner-up had blasted this season’s frontrunner-turned-runner-up in a blog post last week that said Lambert’s take on the Johnny Cash tune made him think his “ears would bleed.” But on Friday he posted that he “obviously meant it as a colorful statement to imply that I did not enjoy what I heard” and didn’t mean to “‘slam’ … Adam as a person.” 

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