Aiken judges aspiring models' acting abilities

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Singer Clay Aiken says the woman competing to be "America's Next Top Model" may have appreciated his judging comments more because of his own reality show experience.

The "American Idol" runner-up will appear in an episode of the modeling show that focuses on stage acting. The 30-year-old Raleigh native said he was selected to be a judge and act opposite the contestants because of his time on Broadway in "Monty Python's Spamalot."

The episode is set to air Wednesday on the CW Network.

Aiken has been friends with the show's host and creator, Tyra Banks, since he appeared on her talk show in 2006.

Aiken placed second to Ruben Studdard on the second season of Fox's "American Idol." He says he thinks the contestants knew he understood what they were going through.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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