Clay Aiken – Let’s Celebrate!

Yesterday was the anniversary of the Season 2 Finale of American Idol.  It is hard to realize that it has been many years since that fateful night.

To me, there were two winners on the finale night in 2003.

Both Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard were amazing and ready to Reach for the Stars.

Let’s have a toast to the show that introduced Clay Aiken to the  world!!

With three performances each, Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard showed the world their singing prowess on the Finale of American Idol, Season II.  The competition, held on May 20, 2003 was the last chance to swing the final votes over to their side. Their performances blew the roof off the place.

On the finale night, Ryan Seacrest started the show by stating that it started with 70,000 contestants and came down to two southern boys who are the most unlikely people in the world to be there.  He also reminded the audience that they would have 3 hours to vote and how important the vote is this evening.

The final round of the night was amazing.  Singing Flying Without Wings, Ruben  delivered an outstanding performance.  The judges commented that it was the best performance of the night.

Clay then performed “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and did a tremendous job.  Accompanied by a choir, Clay knocked the song out of the park.  It left all three judges with big smiles on their faces.

The night produced beautiful performances and two very different vocal styles. Both performers left it all on the stage.

Finally, Ryan said “it’s the closest vote in American Idol history, the American Idol is…….Ruben Studdard.”

 The 2 winners that night were talented young men who were ready to step into the world of pop music.

And, as we all know, coming in second just didn’t matter.

I hope you enjoy the video of Clay’s performance with Ruben.

WOW!  So much talent!

OK, Clay!!!  

We need 50 more years of your talent, singing, humor and compassion!

 I can’t wait to see the next Anniversary!

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4 thoughts on “Clay Aiken – Let’s Celebrate!

  1. Love the video – Clay and Ruben can really light up a stage! So many happy memories and I hope they both continue to make memories for us and themselves.

  2. I remember watching AI that evening and rooting for Clay. Little did we know how much he would accomplish in the coming years! Not just concerts & record sales, but speaking up for those who’s voices are not usually heard.

  3. Thank you for all the pictures and the video. I can not believe how long it has been. I love the pictures and the video. Great memories. I will toast to the best season of AI. To Ruben and Clay. I toast to the future of two great singers in the future. Thank you CANN.

  4. Clay & Ruben were both great singers. I’ve seen several of their concerts. Clay was always my favorite!! Thank you so much for all the great memories!!

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