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'American Idol' briefs: Caleb Johnson insults social media fans; Clay Aiken vs. Stephen Colbert; who voted no to the twist?

Sheesh. If this were season five or seven or even 10, front runner Caleb Johnson's comments Thursday night would have created a firestorm.

He told After Buzz TV how he felt about fans suggesting songs for him - which "American Idol" actually requested from fans, using a term that is no longer remotely politically correct:

“Yeah. It gives access to a bunch of retards to talk to me. I don’t really enjoy having to see somebody telling me what song I have to sing…at this point of the competition I can pick and choose my own songs…I don’t need 10,000 people saying ‘You should sing this, you should sing that, listen to me.’”

Here, he looked at the camera and said, “Fortunately guys, I’m going to listen to myself, whether you like it or not.”

Huh? We already have a clue that he isn't exactly the most PC guy. On air, he said "Faithfully" would "make the old ladies cry," which some "old ladies" who follow the show didn't appreciate.

You have to wonder if this will affect his voting contingent in any tangible way. Probably not since nobody outside the hardcore remaining viewers seems to care what is going on this year with "Idol."

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And just look at this. Ratings Thursday hit another series low: 6.92 million viewers and a mere 1.5 18-49 rating. "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" gets higher 18-49 ratings. The show wouldn't even make the top 25 among broadcast shows during the week.

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Clay Aiken, running for Congress in North Carolina as an underdog Democrat, parried with Stephen Colbert Thursday. He holds up well.

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I did guess correctly that Jena Irene voted no when asked to not eliminate anybody Thursday. This was the producers' manipulative attempt to keep Sam Woolf around.

But Alex Preston was the other one who chose to keep the vote normal, not Caleb. None of the finalists liked the gimmick, which was thrown at them at the last second.

“I didn’t like it at all,” Jena Irene said. “We have a lot of stress on Thursdays already. To make a decision–it’s just added stress that’s not needed. I didn’t like it at all!”

“When I have to make decisions on the spot, which I’m not prepared for, I have to do what’s right for me,” Jena declared. “At the end of the day it’s a competition.”

“I think the idea was really dumb,” said Alex Preston. “It’s just double the s**tiness." He thought everyone would say no.

“It was unnecessary and stupid," said Caleb. "It was just for the shock value.” In retrospect, he said he would have voted no also. He also as given a whopping three songs to choose from this past week so had no choice but take that turd of a song by Aerosmith.

The least upset was Jessica Meuse, who compared it to "Hunger Games."

See all the interviews on MJ's blog.

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Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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