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Justin Timberlake just put his freshly pedicured foot back in his mouth. Shortly after he finished dissing Miami by saying he's glad the MTV VMAs are back in New York this year, he trashed American Idol Taylor Hicks.

Timberlake told Fashion Rocks magazine the 29-year-old soul singer "can't carry a tune in a bucket."

TImberlakes thoughts on A.I.:

"I have a strange relationship with that show," Timberlake tells the magazine in an interview. "I despise it, and yet I'm completely fascinated."

Timberlake's thoughts on Hicks:

"The guy who won — people think he looks so normal, and he's so sweet, and he's so earnest, but he can't carry a tune in a bucket. Do you realize how much pressure it is to put on somebody all of a sudden?"

Timberlake, a member of boy band 'N Sync who is now pursuing a solo career, also said: "If he has any skeletons whatsoever; if, God forbid, he's gay, and all these people in Mississippi who voted for him are like, `Oh, my God, I voted for a queer!' It's just too much pressure."

Liz Morentin, a representative for Hicks' record label, RCA, declined to comment Thursday.

OK, NOW HERE'S THE REALLY IMPORTANT PART OF THE STORY WHERE TIMBERLAKE'S PR CRONIE SQUABBLES TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE THE REPORTER SCREWED UP:

Ken Sunshine, Timberlake's representative, said the 25-year-old singer's comments "were taken completely out of context."

"He has tremendous affection for Taylor Hicks' success," Sunshine told The Associated Press on Thursday. "He would never say anything that personal about somebody he's never met. He only wishes him the best."

Yeah, right. The same way he wishes Britney the best.

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