Did you all see the comments by Clay on Access Hollywood about the comparison of the singers last year vs. this year? You can see it here--needs WMV and a fast connnection to download.
I'm so, so surprised that he'd be defensive about that. The story also includes a clip of Clay from one month ago saying that the contestants this year are "bad." Why say things like that? Clay has a huge reputation as being a nice guy; why is he wrecking it?