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.