The are two ways celebrities who need a little attention can guarantee publicity. Actually, scratch that, there are many ways celebs can get publicity, including sex tapes, pregnancy rumors, dramatic break-ups, and quickie marriages. But the two strategies that seem to be the most popular lately are the always-successful yo-yo dieting blitz, as perfected by Oprah, Jessica Simpson, Kirstie Alley, and Mariah Carey, and bad-mouthing another celeb on twitter or one’s personal blog.We’ve seen two examples of the latter in the last week. First, Clay Aiken, who recently split from his label after his latest album On My Way Here sold a measly 159,000 copies, blasted Adam Lambert, break-away star of this season’s “American Idol,” on his personal blog. Calling one of Lambert’s performances “contrived, awful, and slightly frightening!” Aiken later backtracked in another lengthy blog post, apologizing to Lambert for his “colorful choice of words.” “Since my previous blog got dissected like a biology lab frog, I suppose I should clarify and even retract some of what I wrote,” Aiken whined. Gee, Clay, what did you think would happen when you publicly bad-mouthed the biggest Googled name of the week?
Taking a page from Clay’s playbook, Lily Allen dissed the other overnight sensation of the moment, Susan Boyle, hoping to steer some of the attention her way. Accusing the dowdy singer of lacking vocal control and good timing, Lily tweeted: “She can sing, but it’s not about talent with her, is it?” For a pop singer who has a history of pregnancy rumors, dramatic break-ups, yo-yo dieting, and picking fights with other celebs, the same could be said about her. [via DailyMail]