Clay Aiken says Simon Cowell was reason for American Idol success

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The premier episode of the 15th and final season of American Idol aired on Fox Wednesday night.

Clay Aiken, runner-up from the second season, tweeted throughout the episode saying he hadn’t watched in nearly 10 years.

The auditions in Wednesday’s episode were held in Denver and Raleigh, with many contestants already on their way to Hollywood.

Make sure to tune in Thursday night at 8 p.m. to catch the second night of auditions.