Clay Aiken, Ruben Studdard “The View” Video: Watch “American Idol” Reunion!

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Ruben Studdard Clay Aiken View Video


Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard had an “American Idol” reunion on Thursday’s “The View” for a special Christmas performance. Watch below!

Studdard, of course, won season two of “Idol” back in 2003, with Aiken coming in second place. But there wasn’t much rivalry between them. In fact, the two have remained friends over the last 13 years.

Still, they shockingly haven’t performed together on TV since their days on the FOX competition. Now on the ABC talk show, Aiken and Studdard reunited to perform “This Christmas.” Aiken started the track out in classic fashion, before the “Velvet Teddy Bear” (a.k.a Studdard) came out to add some R&B flair.

Following the performance, Studdard revealed of Aiken, “He was one of the first people I met in Hollywood Week, and we’ve been friends ever since.” Aiken even shared, “We Face-Time once every week or so, still.” There was a funny moment after when the co-hosts, noting Aiken’s frequent appearances on the show, decided to focus on chatting with Studdard instead of him.

As Gossip Cop reported at the time, Studdard and Aiken both appeared on the “American Idol” series finale this past April. They performed separately, but for those wanting to see their new holiday-inspired “View” duet, check out the full video below!


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