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‘Studdard joins ‘Biggest Loser’ cast

Published: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

LOS ANGELES – “American Idol” winner Ruben Studdard is joining the cast of “The Biggest Loser,” becoming the first celebrity to compete on NBC’s weight-loss reality show.

The balladeer nicknamed “The Velvet Teddy Bear” was crowned the winner of “American Idol” Season 2 in 2003, edging out Clay Aiken in one of the tightest votes in that show’s history. Studdard used the win as a platform to launch a singing-and-performing career, and also earned a Grammy nomination.

One thing he hasn’t been able to tackle? His weight.

The super-sized Studdard becomes the first celebrity to compete on “The Biggest Loser.”

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