'Law & Order: SVU': 'American Idol's' Clay Aiken and Taylor Hicks get to play judge

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"American Idol" alumni Clay Aiken and Taylor Hicks and singer Ashanti play themselves as judges on a singing contest on the Nov. 6 episode "Law & Order: SVU."

The trio filmed their scenes at Manhattan's Hudson Theater, where the singers were playing judges in an Idol-like show. They are wowed when "X Factor" Season 2 runner-up Carly Rose Sonenclar sings.

In the below clip, which you can see exclusively on Zap2it, the singers talk about how they would be as judges.

"Some of us are really judgmental," Hicks jokes.

Ashanti talks about being a big fan of "SVU" and plugs her upcoming album.

Were she a judge on a talent contest, Ashanti says, "I would be the nice one, and love and constructive criticism."

Aiken, however, wonders if he could be too critical, if "I could do that to a fellow singer."

The episode, "Dissonant Voices," features Tony Award winner Billy Porter ("Kinky Boots") as a singing teacher at a New York City high school. At the height of his career on TV's biggest reality show, "American Diva," he's accused of sexually molesting students.

Photo/Video credit: NBC