Clay Aiken – Visit With Oprah

“The Oprah Winfrey Show,” is the #1-rated talk series. It premiered on September 8, 1986. Hosted by Oprah Winfrey, the most successful talk show host and producer in the history of television, the series airs on 216 stations representing more than 99% of the country.

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How exciting and scary it must have been for Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken to be guests of Oprah for the entire hour on June 10, 2003.

Ruben started the program by chatting with Oprah who seemed pleased to have Ruben on her show.  Ruben sang his single “Flying Without Wings.”

After Ruben’s number, Oprah introduced Clay, who received an enthusiastic response from the audience. Clay was awestruck and remarked how exciting it was to be on Oprah. The audience saw some footage of Clay preparing songs and rehearsing as well as a peek at his photo shoot for Rolling Stone magazine. Clay said that he was amazed that he was going to be on the cover and very excited.

Oprah brought Diane Bubel and her daughter to Chicago and Clay seemed genuinely surprised to see them.

Clay performed his newly released single, “This is the Night,” and Ruben sat in the front row next to Oprah, singing right along with him. The audience went crazy and one woman appeared onscreen wiping away her tears.

After Clay’s performance, Oprah introduced Justin Guarini, who also had his CD drop on Tuesday. Justin is still blown away by his instant fame and told us that he has done more in a year than most people ever dream of.

Oprah ended the show by telling the audience that they would get copies of all three CDs.

After Oprah is a half-hour show that appears on the Oxygen channel and offers more of a candid discussion. It is taped right after the show. During this program, the topics for discussion ran from audience signs to Simon…from song selection on AI to instant fame.

A member of the audience asked Clay what his first extravagant gift will be for his mother. He answered that he is planning on paying off their house. Ruben didn’t want to tell even though his mother tried to get it out of him the entire time he was home for the video shoot.

It was  an exciting show and both Ruben and Clay seemed open and relaxed.  It was rumored that Clay was feeling ill after having an allergic reaction before the show.  However, he still gave it his all and was an excellent guest on the show.

The only videos available for this show are very poor so we hope you will  be satisfied with some still pictures.  It is fun to see Clay and Ruben enjoying this special event in their lives.  Don’t they both look young?

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18 thoughts on “Clay Aiken – Visit With Oprah

  1. It's seems so long ago when I look at Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard on Oprah! I believer Clay had another appearance, too.

  2. Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard both look so young. I had no idea Clay was sick that day. How exciting it was for them both. I hope some day soon to see Clay back on the Oprah show promoting his new CD.

  3. Awwww! They were both so young. Clay looked adorable..and isn’t it funny…he is still adorable right now..except you have to add in studly, handsome, sexy and smart. I just had to put that in here.

  4. Wow, Clay Aiken sure does look so young then. He and Ruben were so cute together. You can tell how much they genuinely liked each other. I too didn’t realize Clay had been sick. I’m always learning something new about him.

  5. This show was great…I do remember them showing a pic of Clay and his curly blonde hair, and him just laughing and telling them to take it off…take it off…(It was up on the jumbo screen) He was adorable…

    I would love for Clay to sit down with Oprah now for an hour…What an interesting show that would be… One day!!!


  6. Clay Aiken looked so cute that day!!! I loved when Ruben was in the audience singing along – they were good friends then and continue to be good friends. That says a lot about both of them.

    I cracked up during the after show segment. That was one of my first indications that our Clay LOVES to talk LOL!!!

  7. How lovely to see Diane Bubel and her daughter Emma in the audience. Who knew that 5 years later Emma would be babysitting Clay’s baby Parker? Wow.

  8. WOW…………I cannot believe how young Clay looks. And, he looks like his allergies were really bothering him.

    I hope we see Clay on Oprah again soon.

  9. It is fun to go back and see Clay from the very beginning. Clay had so many “moments” at the beginning….so many firsts… must have been amazing!!

    Thanks for the memories.

  10. Clay Aiken looks so young on those pictures. I remember he wasn’t feeling well that day. It would be great to see him on Oprah again.

  11. I love the Cluben picture. Their joint interviews were always so much fun. Their special friendship makes me smile.

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