Picks and Pans Review: Ruben Vs. Clay: Singles Showdown
updated 07/14/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 07/14/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•"Flying Without Wings"/"Superstar" Studdard's cover of Westlife's inspirational pop ballad "Flying without Wings" is too over-the-top for the oversize singer, whose velvety voice is better suited to smooth R&B material. He soars higher on a soul-kissed version of the Carpenters' "Superstar" that would do Luther proud.
•"Bridge over Troubled Water"/"This Is the Night" Although this Broadway-style rendition of "Bridge over Troubled Water" is surely not what Paul Simon imagined when he wrote the song, Aiken gives a show-stopping performance that blows away the maudlin original tune "This Is the Night" that he also sang during the Idol finals.
Winner: A near draw, but a powerhouse Clay takes the prize.