Ruben Studdard, Taylor Hicks Talk Idol on Today

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The Today Show aired a feature, this morning, on the upcoming season of American Idol featuring clips of the show, a few soundbites from Season 5 Idol winner, Taylor Hicks, and Ruben Studdard talking Idol live in the studio.

Watch the segment, after the jump.

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  • lorismile

    I just saw this!! I didn’t recognize some of the people they showed. I’m going to watch it again. Lol

  • Joyed

    Ruben did an amazing job answering their questions. When he was asked about why recent winners haven’t sold like past winners, he mentioned the decline of the music industry in general and the anchors were like, oh yeah I guess that is happening. lol, that people have no clue what most singers/performers are selling like these days. I do not understand why people are so against having context when forming an opinion!

    Also, lol, that the female anchor felt like a loser for voting on the show!

  • http://jgrollersellshomes.com juliegr

    Thanks MJ for the capture. I was able to catch the actual show but it’s always nice to have a convenient place to locate these interviews.

    Although the segment was short, I am happy to see the allotted time wasn’t spent on negative commentary about the record sales, who should have won, and former judges’ antics, inappropriate comments, and how much the judge’s departures will impact the show,

    Ruben Studdard and Taylor Hicks continue to make positive representation for their state and the show.

    Great video and kudos for quick posting.

  • Grammie Kari

    Ruben Studdard and Taylor Hicks continue to make positive representation for their state and the show.

    Yes, I agree. I do not feel this way about Fantasia.

  • cbuist8776

    When amy says, “thanks for calling me out on that” when referring to her voting for Ruben while on maternity leave and then she says “looser”, was she in her own way saying that because she wasn’t at work and watching Idol instead and voting that she was a looser? Is that an indirect shot at those who watch idol and implying they are losers for doing so as well? I didn’t take too kindly to that this morning and thought it was quite smug in her little stuck-up blonde way. What do you think? am I looking at this wrong?

  • Buffynut

    Ruben did a fabulous job with that interview! Such a sweet teddy bear!

  • ross

    When he was asked about why recent winners haven’t sold like past winners, he mentioned the decline of the music industry in general and the anchors were like, oh yeah I guess that is happening. lol, that people have no clue what most singers/performers are selling like these days. I do not understand why people are so against having context when forming an opinion!

    They’re not against it they just regurgitiate what they’ve read elsewhere, and don’t do any real research, imho.

  • larc

    I was thinking Ruben had lost quite a bit of weight. Was I wrong? If he did, he looks as if he might have found what he lost plus maybe a few more pounds.

  • Sannae

    It was great to see Ruben and I thought he did a great job with the questions. I’ve always loved that guy.

  • bridgette12

    Ruben was great, a wonderful ambassador for the show.

  • J9BT

    cbuist8776:
    01/15/2011 at 11:34 am
    When amy says, “thanks for calling me out on that” when referring to her voting for Ruben while on maternity leave and then she says “looser”, was she in her own way saying that because she wasn’t at work and watching Idol instead and voting that she was a looser? Is that an indirect shot at those who watch idol and implying they are losers for doing so as well? I didn’t take too kindly to that this morning and thought it was quite smug in her little stuck-up blonde way. What do you think? am I looking at this wrong?

    I had a similar reaction (although I didn’t quite take it to the stuck up blonde point lol). I felt like she was insulting people who watch the show and vote, suggesting that only those who have lots of free time (and who are “losers”) will take the time to do so. I actually found that to be the most disturbing part of the entire segment.

    Ruben did a great job of supporting the show. I wonder if there is a “script” provided to prior winners, contestants, etc. by 19E with talking points, or if they are all saavy in responding to questions.

  • Fullmoon

    Awwww, the velvet teddy bear. Ruben did a great job answering those questions in the interview. I want to see him more often on my TV.

  • BigNLiddle

    It was great seeing Ruben on TV again :D Love that man!

    I was thinking Ruben had lost quite a bit of weight. Was I wrong? If he did, he looks as if he might have found what he lost plus maybe a few more pounds.

    I will admit that I thought the same thing, but it may be just that he was sitting down. Finding the best way to lose weight and keep it off will always be a lifelong battle for ANYONE. At least he’s trying to do what’s best.

    Love all the positive comments RE: Ruben here, though. He’s my favorite Idol winner!

  • webster

    They’re not against it they just regurgitiate what they’ve read elsewhere, and don’t do any real research, imho.

    Agreed. Or rather, this is really just a promo piece, with minimal effort to make it appear newsworthy by mentioning a few concerns. If they really cared about the issue of declining sales/interest, etc, there’s plenty to talk about: industry woes aside, recent winners and top finalists don’t as consistently debut in the top spots, for example. That’s a perfectly legitimate interpretation of “not selling as well”. Or they could pursue the question mentioned in the lead in, of why popularity on the show rarely translates to popularity down the road. There are real questions about the shows “mission”, so to speak, of finding new stars. New stars are few and far between, by any method, and as this is born out over the years, the show loses credibility if it still bills itself that way.

    That said, I think it’s pretty clear that most viewers couldn’t care less whether the show finds recording stars. They just like the entertainment of the contest. Just like DWTS, AGT, Sing Off. I watched at least some of all of those, but have no expectation at all that new stars were born. Or even moderately viable careers artists.

    So, Taylor’s point about just needing to build a fan base makes sense to me, much more than hiding behind the decline of the music industry story.

    But again, this was primarily promo, not an attempt to actually delve into the real reasons.

  • ross

    Agreed. Or rather, this is really just a promo piece, with minimal effort to make it appear newsworthy by mentioning a few concerns. If they really cared about the issue of declining sales/interest, etc, there’s plenty to talk about: industry woes aside, recent winners and top finalists don’t as consistently debut in the top spots, for example. That’s a perfectly legitimate interpretation of “not selling as well”. Or they could pursue the question mentioned in the lead in, of why popularity on the show rarely translates to popularity down the road. There are real questions about the shows “mission”, so to speak, of finding new stars. New stars are few and far between, by any method, and as this is born out over the years, the show loses credibility if it still bills itself that way.

    I’m glad you mentioned that top finalists also don’t debut or sell as well as they used to, because the winners seem to be the only ones ever mentioned in the media.

    Otherwise I don’t think the decline of the music industry is a story, it’s a fact. I don’t think anyone’s hiding behind it, they’re just stating what’s obvious.

    As for how Idols debut, and how much they sell right off the show, that’s fine but how will they do ten years later? Nobody knows. There are bound to be some surprises, both positive and negative.

  • emmuzka

    Huh. In the beginning they go on on how some of the contestants that were voted out earlier became the superstars, and they show J-Hud, Clay and… Danny? They got really poor notes if the editor mixed up Danny and Daughtry ;)

  • fuzzywuzzy

    The Velvet Teddy Bear! Rube! Nice job on the interview! :)

  • abbysee

    Love all the positive comments RE: Ruben here, though. He’s my favorite Idol winner!

    He’s my fave too. I love him, lol.

  • sp34567

    Ah, Ruben. The reason why I got into this show.

    Love seeing all of the positive comments about him. He gets dumped on so much.

  • Allison

    larc:
    01/15/2011 at 12:27 pm

    I was thinking Ruben had lost quite a bit of weight. Was I wrong? If he did, he looks as if he might have found what he lost plus maybe a few more pounds.

    Yes he definitely seemed bigger again. I’d seen him on tour with Clay this summer and he looked much trimmer. But I know the camera adds pounds and it may have been the way he was sitting.
    Anyway it was a nice interview with some nostalgic shots of Clay, Ruben and Kelly. I like Taylor’s take on what Idol did for him, too.

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