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Randy Jackson: Idol Was Blessed With Talent


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Randy Jackson says 'American Idol' was blessed with talent.

The popstar search show has made huge stars of singers including Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood and former judge Randy believes the programme was lucky to get such gifted people auditioning.

He told Rolling Stone: ''We got blessed with all the talent that we went out and found, from Adam Lambert to Carrie Underwood to Kelly Clarkson to Jennifer Hudson to Fantasia Barrino to Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken to Chris Daughtry. I'd like to give us props for doing that because we knew what we were after, what we were looking for, and we were in a little bit of a different position because we'd been in the industry so long and knew the industry so well and had made so many records.''

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Ruben Studdard Receives Honorary Degree From Alma Mater


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The American Idol winner attended the Huntsville, Alabama school as an undergraduate and majored in Voice Studies, but on Friday (11Dec15), he was given a high distinction during the university's commencement ceremony.

Studdard, 37, posted snaps of himself in a traditional cap and gown at the event on Instagram.com, writing the caption, "Today... I received a Master of Arts Degree from My School Alabama A&M University!!! I'm super happy and proud..."

The singer also took to the stage to perform classic hymn Lift Every Voice and Sing at the graduation, where 400 students received their degrees.

Paula Abdul And Ruben Studdard Appearance Wigs And Wishes

Alicia DiMichele - Paula Abdul and Ruben Studdard Appearance Wigs and Wishes cancer benefit with Martino Cartier - Berlin, New Jersey, United States - Sunday 18th October 2015

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Paula Abdul, Michael English and Ruben Studdard

Prostate Cancer Foundation Benefit

Ruben Studdard - Prostate Cancer Foundation Benefit at The Hamptons at Parrish Arts muesum - Water Mill, New York, United States - Sunday 30th August 2015

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David Foster and Ruben Studdard

Clay Aiken Gets Endorsement From Ruben Studdard


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Singer Clay Aiken's former American Idol opponent Ruben Studdard has endorsed the pop star's bid for a seat in the U.S. Congress.

In February (14), the singer formally announced his candidacy for the House of Representatives Democratic seat in North Carolina's second district, where he will go up against two-term Republican Congresswoman Renee Ellmers.

With the Democratic primary election scheduled for next week (06May14), Aiken turned to his celebrity pal, who beat him into second place on the reality Tv singing competition in 2003, for a campaign boost.

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Soul Train Awards 2013

Ruben Studdard - Soul Train Awards 2013 At The Orleans Arena At Orleans Hotel and Casino In Las Vegas, NV on 11-8-13 - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Saturday 9th November 2013

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Heavyweight R&b Star Kicked Off U.s. Weightloss Show


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R&B star Ruben Studdard has been kicked off U.S. reality dieting show The Biggest Loser after failing to lose 11 pounds (4.9 kilograms) in a week.

The heavyweight former American Idol shed a massive 39 pounds (17.6 kilograms) in just four weeks on the show, but his team needed him to lose an extra 11 before Tuesday night's (05Nov13) televised 'weigh-in', and he was asked to leave.

The 35 year old, who, at his heaviest, tipped the scales at 462 pounds (209.5 kilograms), said, "I worked really, really hard this week. I swam extra. I walked extra."

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Singer Ruben Studdard Signs Up To Tv Weight-loss Show


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Former American Idol winner Ruben Studdard is returning to his reality Tv roots in a bid to shed the pounds on U.S. weight-loss competition The Biggest Loser.

The R&B singer, who has struggled to keep his weight under control for years, managed to slim down following his 2008 marriage to Surata Zuri MCCants, but his waistline started expanding again after they split in 2011.

However, Studdard will now be hoping to get in shape with the help of professionals after signing up to star on the upcoming 15th season of The Biggest Loser, reports People.com.

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Ruben Studdard To Appear On The Next Season Of The Biggest Loser


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Ruben Studdard, the one-time American Idol winner, might be adding another reality television title to his trophy cabinet, with the portly star signing up to appear on the next season of the weigh-loss series The Biggest Loser. Long characterised by his bulky stature, the singer will look to re-invent himself and save his health by appearing on the NBC reality series.

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Ruben has long had to battle with his weight

Affectionately known as the 'Velvet Teddy Bear' from his time on American Idol, Ruben has tried in the past to bring his weight under control, but has failed with each of his past attempts. Now he wants to have one more go and this time in front of the cameras. Ruben appeared on American Idol in 2003 when he emerged as the winner of the second season of the on-going talent contest.

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Were American Idol Contestants Booted Because Of The Color Of Their Skin?


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American Idol is at the centre of a racism lawsuit after it was claimed black contestants were booted from the hit talent show as a direct result of discrimination. TMZ.com obtained a letter filed with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by New York lawyer James H Freeman, which accused the show of deliberately exploiting black contestants to improve ratings.

Entertainment lawyer Freeman requested permission to sue American Idol and Fox on behalf of nine former singing contestants who believe they were forced from the competition because of their race. His clients include Corey Clark, Jaered Andrews, Donnie Williams, Terrell Brittenum, Derrell Brittenum, Thomas Daniels, Akron Watson, Ju'Not Joyner and Chris Golightly. Freeman says he noticed something was awry when Jermaine Jones was kicked off the show in March 2012, with producers claiming he was disqualified because he had not told the show there were outstanding warrants for his arrest. Nine other people had been publically disqualified from the show: all were black. 

Three black contestants have won the show, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino and Jordin Sparks, while prominent judge Randy Jackson is black. Season two contestant Corey Clark sued MTV for $40 million in 2012 for their coverage of his disqualification from the show. 

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Celebrity Apprentice 2012: Was It Arsenio Or Clay?


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After 15 gruelling weeks, Donald Trump has chosen this year's winner of the Celebrity Apprentice. In the concluding moments of Sunday's finale (May 20, 2012), Arsenio Hall was presented with the title, fending off stiff competition from fellow finalist Clay Aiken, reports USA Today,

Aiken had vowed that he would win after several impressive showings in the boardroom, saying, "I've been a runner-up before. I'm going to make sure it doesn't happen again". The singer lost the American Idol crown to the soulful Ruben Studdard back in 2003. However, it was not to be, and Arsenio walked away with the $250,000 cheque to donate to a charity of his choosing. In the final task, it was actually Clay who raised the most money, with his $301,500 easily beating Arsenio's $167,100, though business magnate Mr Trump opted to go with the latter. Previous contestants Dee Snider, Deborah Gibson and Lisa Lampanelli all revealed they wanted Clay to win, though the likes of Dayana Mendoza and Teresa Giudice sided with Arsenio. Before announcing the victor, Trump told both finalists they "should be very, very proud" for the "amazing job they've done", adding, "I've never been so torn".

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Performs On Stage At The Matthews Gospel Stage Play 'I Need A Man' At James L. Knight Center

Ruben Studdard Saturday 24th March 2012 performs on stage at the Matthews gospel stage play 'I Need A Man' at James L. Knight Center

Ruben Studdard To Divorce After Three Year Marriage


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Ruben Studdard, the American singer best known for winning season two of American Idol, has filed for divorce from wife Surata Zuti MCCants after a three year marriage, reports E! Online.

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Clay Aiken Backs Victoria Huggins To Win American Idol


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Clay Aiken, the American singer-songwriter who rose to fame on season two of American Idol, says he is rooting for 16-year-old contestant Victoria Huggins on the new series because he has known her for several years, reports USA Today. The 32-year-old says he has rarely tuned into the show since losing out to Ruben Studdard in the 2003 final but made an effort to catch Huggins' audition on this week's premiere.

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The American Idol Season 9 Finale At The Nokia Theatre L.A. Live - Arrivals

Ruben Studdard and American Idol Wednesday 26th May 2010 The American Idol Season 9 Finale at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live - Arrivals Los Angeles, California

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