More than 13 years after competing on American Idol, season 2 finalists Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard reunited on The View Thursday — all in the name of Christmas joy!
Performing “This Christmas,” the Idol alums gave their first TV duo performance since their days on the reality competition series in 2003. They even had matching red sweaters to add to the holiday cheer!
Studdard won the coveted first place recording contract prize on the second season of the Fox series, with Aiken coming in second. Despite the long break between televised performances, the pair toured together in 2010 and shared that their tight-knit friendship has been going strong since they met. “He was one of the first people I actually met during Hollywood week and we’ve been friends ever since,” Studdard said.
“We FaceTime once every week or so still,” added Aiken.
Since his time on the show, Studdard released seven albums, toured for eight years with David Foster, and is currently producing a children’s program called Uncle Ruben’s House. Aiken also released seven studio albums since his Idol days, as well as performed on Broadway in Monty Python’s Spamalot. Aiken once again earned the runner-up status during the fifth season of The Celebrity Apprentice when the crown went to Arsenio Hall.