Clay Aiken – Katie Couric is a Fan

Back in 2003, Clay Aiken was very busy on May 26th. He and Ruben visited the Today Show. Katie Couric was the anchor back then and she presented the two American Idols to the Today Show audience. Both Clay and Ruben had been running from different TV shows, to radio interviews, to business meetings about their careers. They were obviously tired, but happy.

It was a Monday and it was Memorial Day……and it was raining hard! Katie interviewed Ruben alone and then Clay alone. Katie admitted that her younger daughter was an original Claymate. Katie took as much time with Clay as she did with Ruben. In the next segment, they all went outside with umbrellas and got under tents. Katie asked both Ruben and Clay some more questions and then Clay and Ruben performed “I’m Proud To Be An American.”

The videos for this performance are terrible. I could not find any quality ones anywhere. However, I still am posting two YouTubes. The first is the Clay interview and the second is the duet. It’s fun to see such an early performance and interview. It’s hard to realize that it has been 6 years!!



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22 thoughts on “Clay Aiken – Katie Couric is a Fan

  1. CANN Team,

    Kudos on your successful site upgrade! We will just have to get used to the new location of the comment link. *g*

    Thnx to Musicfan for the interesting look back to May 26, 2003, when Clay and Reuben were interviewed by Katie Couric.

    Have an awesome week!


  2. The site looks great! I loved seeing the Katie Couric interview with Clay. I love to hear Clay talk and laugh! Clay and Ruben sounded great together! It warms my heart to know that they are still close friends.

  3. I loved the interview and them singing was the icing on the cake. I still prefer Clay, but they are both very talented singers!

  4. YAY FOR THE #10 (that would be Clay & Ruben 😉 )

    I love the two of them together and it’s wonderful that they remain close friends after 6+ years. It says a lot about these two men.

    CANN, the site looks GREAT! Thanks for all your hard work!!

  5. Love the new look!
    I forgot about that interview with Katy Couric. Fun to remember how young Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard were in 2003.

  6. I’ve haven’t seen either of those videos before. That was wonderful even if not the best quality. Clay and Ruben genuinely like each other. I wonder if we will ever see them sing together again somewhere?

  7. Congratulatons with the site upgrade. It looks great.

    Forgot that rainy Memorial Day when Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard performed on the Today Show.

    How successful they both have been and still remain close friends.

  8. I loved when Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken sang “I’m Proud To Be An American”. They sang so well together.

  9. Thanks for the upgrades. When I visited CANN before, the background was black, and it was hard for me to read. This new format is much easier to read, so thanks again for all of your wonderful work!

  10. Love the new look of CANN!!! Thanks for the article. I love hearing him talk. Can’t wait until we get some career news from Clay Aiken.

  11. I don’t remember ever seeing this before. This was a nice surprise. The new site is great and I’m hoping we get some Real news about Clay Aiken soon.

  12. Fantastic interveiw by Katie! I don’t think I saw that one! Nor the performance… Wow! Thanks bunches! Keep up the good work and great new look!!!

  13. I have always loved seeing Clay and Ruben together. Actually missed this appearance–was away.

    Thanks for this!!

  14. The site is lookin good. I come here every day to see what news you have. I do remember Katie Couric being a Claymate. She even requested Clay to sing “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.” I can’t believe how young Clay looked in that interview. Enjoyed that very much.

  15. Congratulations CANN …wonderful looking site!!!!!

    Thanks for the clips of Clay and Rueben…. Still friends after 6 – 1/2 years….pretty good…..especially in the music industry….

    I love going back and seeing how it all started…. Clay just looks so young, and I love how he is sitting in the interview with Katie….Was talking about making a difference and his causes for children…He kept his word….I adore this honourable man…


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