Along with the return of American Idol for its 15th and final season, there are plenty of news surrounding the FOX veteran competition series from Twitter tirades, returning past contestants to poor ratings.

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Clay Aiken Trashes Idol

Clay Aiken, who was featured in the season 15 premiere, has no qualms expressing his disappointment at the show that made him famous. The season two runner-up, who claimed he hasn’t watched the program in a decade, tuned in Wednesday night and took to Twitter to give everyone a piece of his mind

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Interestingly, Aiken will still be seen next week on Idol to help contestants during the Philadelphia auditions. Season eight winner Kris Allen and season five winner Taylor Hicks are set to return for the final season. Find out what they have to say about their return:

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Adam Lambert Named Top-Earning Idol Alum

Forbes magazine has named season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert as the top-earning American Idol alum for 2015, beating out season one winner Kelly Clarkson and season four winner Carrie Underwood, who was billed the top-earner for 2013 and 2014. Lambert reportedly pulled in $10 million last year, mostly due to his role as the frontman for Queen’s 2015 tour which gave him the opportunity to perform in various arenas around the world.

Idol Premieres to Lowest Ratings Ever

American Idol may have defeated every broadcast show on the air Monday night but it also hit an all-time low. The season 15 opener pulled in 10.9 million viewers– which is 9 percent behind last year’s all-time-low premiere.

American Idol airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8pm on FOX.

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Dean Bextor

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