Ruben Studdard to Compete on 'Biggest Loser'
By ROBERT PACE
July 01, 2013
Ruben Studdard is making his return to reality television—this time with the goal of losing, not winning, in mind.
According to various media repots, the Season 2 American Idol winner will compete on the upcoming fall season of NBC's reality weight-loss series The Biggest Loser.
The R&B/gospel singer, who was nicknamed "The Velvet Teddy Bear" during his winning run on American Idol in 2003, has struggled with his weight over the years and has attempted a variety of diet plans.
His weight most recently mounted after divorcing his wife of four years in 2012.
Studdard has released five studio albums since winning American Idol, the most popular of which, his debut album Soulful, topped U.S. charts and went platinum.
The 34-year-old Alabama native's most recent album, Letters from Birmingham, was released in March 2012 with the leading single "June 28th (I'm Single)."
The Biggest Loser Season 15 is set to premiere on October 8 at 9 p.m. on NBC.