Clay Aiken ‘Let Me Replace Simon Cowell’

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June 23, 2010 | 4:26pm EST

Clay Aiken has thrown his hat into the ring to replace Simon Cowell on the next season of American Idol.
Elton John, Harry Connick, Jr. and another former Idol, Adam Lambert are all being touted for the job.
And Aiken wants to be considered too.
He tells, “I’ve always thought it would be a great addition to the panel to have someone who’s a former contestant and knows what it’s like to be up on that stage and be critiqued.
“I would not put myself out there to be as caustic as him (Cowell) is, but if they (producers) want to call me, bring it on. We can talk.”