Randy, Simon say Clay will probably win; they hang out with Ryan.

Randy, Simon say Clay will probably win; they hang out with Ryan.
In Entertainment Weekly’s cover story on American Idol 2, Jessica Shaw spends a week behind the scenes of the show, and reveals that both Randy and Simon think Clay Aiken has the competition locked up. Simon tells her, “You might as well end the competition now. You have to put your money on Clay.” She also reveals that the two male judges “hang each week after the show for an off-the-record dishfest”–and host Ryan Seacrest joins them. Shaw also reports on a confrontation with former contestant Kristin Holt, who confronts the reporter about something she wrote last year, and then warns the other contestants to “be careful what you say around her.”

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.