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Former 'Idol 2' runner-up Clay Aiken tries to strike back at the tabloids

By Christopher Rocchio, 02/13/2007 

Clay Aiken apparently thinks the tabloids do such a lousy job creating what he describes as "fabricated tales and pics involving his sex life" that he's inviting Claymates and the rest of his fans to come up with their own lurid tales through a "Build-Your-Own-Scandal" contest on his blog.

"Come up with the most outlandish story you can that places me (either alone or with others close to me) in a really juicy, tawdry, scandalous, shameful story," the former American Idol 2 runner-up wrote on his blog, according to MSNBC.  "Then, use any photos, videos, audio clips of me that you can find along with your favorite multimedia enhancing/'doctoring' program (like a Photoshop or a sound/video editor) to create your 'evidence'! Maybe you have 'pictures' of me being 'abducted by oversized turnips' or 'video' of me 'dancing with a three-legged gorilla.'  Be creative!"

Aiken goes on to write that in past weeks, "tabloids and gossip mongers have had their hands full coming up with new and exciting 'scandals'" for him to be a part of.

"Yet, for all of their efforts to be on the 'cutting edge' and the forefront of bull$#@& journalism, it seems that some of them may be running out of ideas and resorting to recycling and re-hashing some of their older tall tales,"  Aiken wrote on his blog.

Enter the "Build-Your-Own-Scandal" contest -- a way for fans to get involved in the action.

"We thought maybe we would try to give ['tabloids and gossip mongers'] a finger... er... a hand," wrote Aiken.

So far there's no word on what prizes will be awarded for the most creative entries.

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