The show was taped in LA on October 30, 2003. The following Idols were a part of the show:
From Season 1: Tamyra Grey, Christina Christian, and Kelly Clarkson
From Season 2: Clay Aiken, Ruben Studdard, and Kimberley Locke
They were joined by the American Juniors and the Canadian Idol, Ryan Malcolm.
Besides his role as the MC, Clay sang the following songs:
Simply Having a Wonderful Christmastime – Clay and Ruben Duet
White Christmas – Clay and Kim Duet
Don’t Save It All For Christmas Day – Clay Solo
The First Noel – Clay
The following are 2 examples of the Press for this holiday show…the bolding is mine!
It won’t be a very Justin Christmas this year. ”An American Idol Christmas Special” (Fox, Tuesday, 8 p.m.), will boast carols from ”Idol” hands including Clay Aiken, Kelly Clarkson, Kimberly Locke, Christina Christian, and Ruben Studdard. But Mr. Guarini will be nowhere to be found. Why? ”He was in New Zealand and couldn’t make it,” says ”Idol” producer Ken Warwick. But dry your eyes, Guarini-philes, and take a look how those Idol-ers who DID make it will celebrate the holidays.
FEAT OF CLAY Guarini was originally intended to be the special’s host, but a runner-up who actually sells CDs — Clay Aiken — will fill his shoes. And if the show’s producer is to be believed, Aiken’s talent for emceeing (think Ed Sullivan, not Eminem) matches his preternatural pipes. ”Clay was a total natural,” says Warwick. ”We struck gold there.”
Clay will do plenty of singing as well. He’ll start with ”Don’t Save It All For Christmas Day,” a tune originally attempted by a chanteuse who shares his melodramatic bent, chest-thumper Celine Dion. The Clayster will also belt Irving Berlin’s classic ”White Christmas” with Kimberly Caldwell, and will chime in with ”The First Noel” during a show-closing medley of standards.
INDEPENDENT WOMAN As befits ”Idol”’s first winner, Kelly Clarkson will make the biggest entrance. After all the other participants start things off with a medley, Kelly will strut out alone to sing ”My Grown-up Christmas List,” a track she recorded for the recent album ”American Idol: The Great Holiday Classics” (although it seems a stretch to call that obscure tune — previously recorded by Donny Osmond and Natalie Cole — a classic). She’ll go on to close the show with an a capella version of the carol ”O Holy Night.” That one we’ve heard of.
BIG MAN Second-season winner Ruben Studdard will sing Donny Hathaway’s ”This Christmas” (unaccompanied — even by his ”205” shirt, which he’s long since retired). He’ll then duet with Tamyra Gray on ”Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.” Along the way, maybe he’ll update the world on why his long-delayed album won’t be ready to grace our stockings.
BEST OF THE REST Gray, meanwhile, will get her own moments to shine, roaring through Mariah Carey’s ”All I Want For Christmas (Is You),” and the more sedate ”Silent Night.” Plus, the winners of this summer’s critically panned spinoff ”American Juniors” will reconvene to sing ”My Perfect Christmas.” Perfect, indeed: That should give you just enough time to hit the refrigerator.
AMERICAN IDOL CHRISTMAS
Idol holiday cheer
by Anika Van Wyk
The hour of Christmas tunes is everything fans of the reality show would expect — memorable moments from the winners and painful moments from the runner-ups and group numbers. The only thing missing is blatant product placement and Ryan Seacrest.
Kelly Clarkson — the original American Idol — wisely stays away from the group medleys and sticks to strutting her stuff solo. Her a cappella version of O Holly Night is by far the highlight of the show.
Second season runner-up Clay Aiken MCs most of the show and proves he has so much more stage presence than Ruben Studdard, who won Idol 2. Aiken’s rich pipes are also very well suited to holiday classics.
The velvet teddy bear, Studdard, has a beautiful voice and he best shows it off while doing a soulful duet of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, with Tamyra Gray. But it must be asked — what wardrobe genius decided to dress the king of sweat in a white fur- trimmed parka? Poor Ruben looks like he’s going to faint if he has to hit one more high note.
However, he doesn’t look as ridiculous as Christina Christian in her tarty ensembles, especially the red ultra-mini she wears while whining through the opening number — there was a reason she was cut.
Special guest Ryan Malcolm, the Canadian Idol winner, also has a costume blunder. The Jacko-esque pants he wears distract from his brief moment in the spotlight.
Malcolm’s voice is smooth and sexy during his version of Let It Snow, but the performance is way too safe.
The best gift of all from the American Idol Christmas special is that Justin Guarini, the runner-up from season one who starred with Clarkson in the movie From Justin to Kelly, is not in the show!
Did you see this show on TV? Although a bit “cheesy”, I enjoyed watching Clay as he stole the show.