Clay Aiken, Ruben Studdard Reunite on The View: Watch Their Full Performance

‘Tis the season to bury old hatchets, and what better way to do so… than in song?

Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken — who famously battled on American Idol in 2003, with Studdard narrowly emerging victorious — reunited Thursday on The View for a bridge-building performance of Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas.”

Aiken got the spotlight for a full minute before being joined by Studdard — in a matching red sweater, no less — much to the delight of the studio audience. But as we learned during the pair’s post-performance interview, there were no real fences to be mended.

“[Clay] was one of the first people I met during Hollywood Week, and we’ve been friends ever since,” Studdard said of his days on Idol. Added Aiken, “We FaceTime once every week or so.”

Of course, this isn’t the first time the former rivals have shared a stage since their Idol days; they toured the country together in 2010. However, as Aiken noted afterwards, it’s the first time they’ve performed on TV together in 13 years.

Hit PLAY on the video of Aiken and Studdard’s performance above, then drop a comment with your thoughts below.

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  1. Kevin says:

    It’s becoming like American Idol Season 2 all over again.

  2. Clay has a concert in Phoenix tomorrow. Surprised he didn’t mention it. This was such a good performance. They should do an album together.

  3. mary says:

    Never thought there was any rivalry or bad feelings. This is the first I’ve seen anyone say there was.

    • Larc says:

      Agree! If Ruben and Clay ever had any hatchets to bury, it wasn’t for each other. They even toured together in summer 2010.

    • kirads09 says:

      Exactly. I never thought there was any issues between them personally. I DO strongly maintain Clay should have won however. I also feel that he should’ve won Apprentice the season he was on. (Please nothing Trump related) Poor guy always runner up yet IMO the superior talent. (Not putting down Ruben). I don’t watch reality contest shows as a rule, but watched S2 of AI as well as Apprentice when Clay was on because I really like Clay.

      • Mary says:

        I never thought there was a issue either but I am the opposite about the win. Ruben voice is like butter so smooth. Both had talent but I could listen to Ruben all day.

  4. LesJ says:

    What was with Aiken’s face in the beginning? He looked like a CHEETO!