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May 8, 2024 7 mins

Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard talks performing on 'The Masked Singer' together as The Beets and more!

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Speaker 1 (00:00):
Real fun with Mario Little Beez, Tabrielle Mario Lopez joining
you now on Zoom the beats from the Mass Singer.
Ruben stuttered at Clay Aiken. Welcome to the show, gentlemen.
How are you?

Speaker 2 (00:11):
Man?

Speaker 3 (00:12):
You and Will sir?

Speaker 2 (00:13):
How are you good to be here?

Speaker 1 (00:14):
I'm well, I'm well. Thank you for taking the time.
So which one of you needed to be talked into
doing the mass singer? We both, we both were.

Speaker 2 (00:22):
We both had been looking for the stupidest possible thing
to do, and Mass singer it was. I mean, just
it's a ridiculously silly. I mean it's brilliant and its stupidity,
by the way, and we had been on tour together.
We were on tour when it when we got called
and and the opportunity for us to sing on stage

(00:44):
together without having to see each other's faces was just
too good to pass up.

Speaker 1 (00:48):
I love it and I love seeing you guys together. Man,
I remember the season of Idle when y'all came out.
It seems like yesterday. I can't believe how many years
ago was that now? One years damn, twenty one years ago.
That's crazy possible, that's wild. You know what's weird. Correct
me if I'm wrong, Clay. But for some reason, I
remember I was watching TV live that day. You auditioned

(01:09):
with always in Forever? Did you not? Damn? Is that
pretty good? But he was good because I was like
and Ruben and I closed.

Speaker 2 (01:17):
Our tour with always in Forever? So it's a very
full circle.

Speaker 1 (01:20):
Did you really the song?

Speaker 2 (01:21):
We opened it with the song he auditioned with, and
we and we close it with the song.

Speaker 1 (01:24):
On Isn't that a trip that I remember that? Mario? Yeah,
twenty one? Because I remember because that song, that song you.

Speaker 2 (01:31):
Had remembered enough to vote for me, then maybe it was.

Speaker 1 (01:35):
It seems like you did all right. But man, oh
that's crazy.

Speaker 3 (01:39):
Man that that wouldn't helped you too much?

Speaker 1 (01:41):
That that's awesome? I love it now. One of your
songs on mast was One Moment in Time by Whitney,
a big song choice without the costumes. Were you worried
about hearing harmonies or hitting notes inside the suits? How
cumbersome was all that?

Speaker 3 (01:59):
I mean? Well, we had the you know, the little
little pail mic things on the inside. You know, of course,
the microphone that we're holding is just a proplem. But
the hardest thing is not the singing, Mario. The hardest
thing is knowing where the heck you are on stage
in those costumes.

Speaker 1 (02:18):
Because you can't see anything.

Speaker 3 (02:19):
Huh, you can't see anything. The only thing I could
see was my feet.

Speaker 2 (02:23):
Really, and we rely and we've relied on kind of
being able to see each other on stage for all
the times that we've performed together. I can look at
Ruben's face and see he's going to go up here,
he's going to go down, or he's going to hold
you know.

Speaker 1 (02:35):
And we didn't have that luxury either.

Speaker 2 (02:37):
We chose one moment of time specifically because we wanted
to find. We wanted to prove to ourselves that we
could sing the world's hardest song ever in a costume.
And I think we sold the living craft out of it.

Speaker 1 (02:51):
And I do.

Speaker 2 (02:52):
She sang that song at the Soul Olympics in nineteen
eighty eight, and I do think they should call us
for the La Olympics to sing it again. And I'll
even with the big costume back on and forth. He
want us to well, I think we should do the Olympics.

Speaker 1 (03:04):
I think you would sound good. I can't believe y'all
were eliminated because it's hard to get better voices than
you two. And it seems like the show is almost
more of a showcase and a competition because like the
costumes are a factor, right, because they're not going to me.
It seems like on just pur ability or maybe that's
just my tip.

Speaker 3 (03:23):
Well, I think also, you know, depending on how the
costume is designed, it gives a certain person an edge
in their performance, Like we couldn't do very much dancing
because we couldn't see.

Speaker 1 (03:34):
But right, Gumball exactly or whoever or whatever.

Speaker 3 (03:38):
The some of the other contestants have more freedom in
their costumes to do their Mario Lopez impersonation.

Speaker 1 (03:44):
He and he did.

Speaker 2 (03:46):
And you know what, and it is we've already established that.
I mean, it is a competition to some degree. But
Ruben and I recognized that we got further on American
Idol because of our physical beauty, and that's clearly why
we made it the first and second then and since
people could not see us our stunning physical beauty on

(04:07):
Mass Singer, that's why we went home a little earlier.

Speaker 1 (04:09):
That has to be it, right, I think there's there's
definitely some credibility that that's my theory, Ruby, and I
don't remember when you audition. I just probably didn't see
that particular episode you mentioned. You do always in forever
in your your set list, you you open right with
it or you're close with it? Which one? What was
your your audition song? Because you said that's in your
set list too, right?

Speaker 3 (04:30):
Is my My original audition song is Ribbon in the Sky.
But the song that people are the most known for
is the song I sung to make it to the
top team, which is Superstar.

Speaker 1 (04:43):
Right, I remember that one? Okay? So what else is
in the set list for your shows that y'all do together? Man?
Everything everything we are. We are such versatile performers.

Speaker 2 (04:55):
We can sing everything.

Speaker 3 (04:56):
I love it. Our show was about and our show
was taking people through like the the breath of our
careers and life idol and also the things that we've done.
So we talk about we sing songs from all the
people that were guest judges on our show. A lot
of the people that we've had the opportunity to work
with that we consider to consider and the world considers
to be legend. And we usually we grew up on Yes.

Speaker 2 (05:20):
By Dan songs. We do a little boy Bend Medley,
you get to see my incredible dancing skills.

Speaker 1 (05:24):
Okay, I'm not to have y'all ever considered doing a
duet as a record. We actually, actually so we did.

Speaker 2 (05:33):
We we did a Broadway show together, Ruben and Clay's
first Annuel Christmas Carol some long, ridiculous name back in
twenty eighteen, and we recorded Holy Night from there and
okay out but we but we're old, and we forgot
how to put it. We didn't know how to put
it on springing places. So seeing people heard it, I'm
not even joking about that. We haven't no clue. That's

(05:55):
a old and I don't I haven't sung or I
haven't done any of that myself in years, so I
didn't know how to do any of it at all.
I got gave that up. So we got to find
that we should maybe record one moment in time.

Speaker 1 (06:06):
You don't hear too many these these days. You don't
hear too many duets two males. But I remember back
of the day, Paul McCartney Michael Jackson had a couple
with they say and the Girl is Mine and Stevie
Wonder and Paul McCartney. They had good y'all, should like.

Speaker 2 (06:20):
To read with his favorite songs more than words.

Speaker 1 (06:22):
Remember that from the Extreme Early Night Extreme, y'all should
do Islands in the Stream remake that one that was?

Speaker 2 (06:31):
That was Kenny, That was Kenny Rogers View Dolly Park.

Speaker 1 (06:33):
No, I know, I'm just saying, doing new take on it.
That's yes. What was the first?

Speaker 2 (06:38):
So it was two guys first?

Speaker 1 (06:39):
Oh, there you go go. That's right, that's right. Well,
three guys actually would work.

Speaker 2 (06:42):
Three guys, right, that would work.

Speaker 1 (06:45):
That's great.

Speaker 2 (06:45):
Man.

Speaker 1 (06:46):
Now, I know you both are dads. What are the
kids ages right now? And what are the intwo.

Speaker 2 (06:52):
Well, mine's mine's into getting ready to drive, mine's old.
He's got I'm making me old. I'm he's a turn
of sixteen this summer, and and we here in the
process of arguing about what, if any car he will
get when he's sixteen, and Ruben is on the other
end of the spectrum.

Speaker 3 (07:09):
I am I'm wiping down picostal arts off the wall
right now.

Speaker 2 (07:16):
We've been doing we've been doing interviews all day, and
in the middle of one of them, Olivia walked behind
Ruben on the wall and he looked right at the
camera and he took a marker, and he doodled on
the wall, and Ruben stayed stonefaced the whole time and
did not break. And then Lyvia looked right back the
camera went and walked off to the funniest thing.

Speaker 1 (07:36):
In the world player, move right there.

Speaker 2 (07:38):
I like it.

Speaker 1 (07:38):
Good for you, man, Good for you. I love seeing
you guys together. Congratulations on everything and listen. The mass
Singer continues Wednesdays on Fox. Clay Ruben hope to see
y all in person soon.

Speaker 2 (07:51):
That's good.

Speaker 1 (07:52):
All right, take care, gentlemen, right banks for him with
Mario Lopez
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