Ruben Studdard to Compete on The Biggest Loser

Another American Idol alum will be returning to reality television. Ruben Studdard, the season 2 winner, will be competing on the 15th season of The Biggest Loser, reports People magazine.

“I’ve never had an issue with my weight,” Ruben has said. “[But] my family has a history of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart-related issues – things I didn’t have to deal with yet because I’m young. But I don’t want to be worried at 40, and if I don’t fix things now, I will be.”

Ruben lost 70 pounds on a vegetarian diet in 2006, but began putting weight back on when he divorced his wife, Surata Zuri McCants in 2010.

There has been a run of American Idol alums who have returned to competitive reality, including American Idol season 6 alum, Kellie Pickler who won the spring edition of Dancing with the Stars. Season 3’s Jon Peter Lewis competed on the spring edition of The Voice. Season 6 Idol, Lakisha Jones, sang for a 1 million dollar prize on the summer show, The Winner Is.

The Biggest Loser returns to NBC on Tuesdays this Fall.

So, is this another reality show I should cover on the blog?

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  • vdawg

    I always liked Ruben so best of luck to him.

  • Montavilla

    It’s not a bad show. I haven’t watched it in a few years, but it’s less aggravating than most reality shows. In general, people on the show are supportive to their team mates and everyone has the same ultimate goal — becoming healthier.

  • Sassycatz

    How big is Ruben, exactly? Some of the contestants on the show — especially the men — are *very* overweight and so they tend to really shed the pounds fast, initially, making them tougher to beat. For Ruben, I assume this is not about winning the contest as much as it’s about getting *and remaining* at a healthier weight. However, there is gamesmanship to this thing — unfortunately. (I find that aspect of it misplaced and always wished advancement was purely on weight loss and dedication to the exercise and calorie intake aspects.) And, so, I wonder if he is at a disadvantage, both regarding his weight entering the contest as well as in regards to the game. I can see other contestants feeling that Ruben — being “famous” and having some financial advantage — could hire a personal trainer or sign-on to a weight loss endorsement, like Jennifer Hudson, and shed pounds, unlike the average contestant with none of those resources.

  • BigNLiddle

    Considering the amount of success Biggest Loser contestants have (as long as he can keep up with his diet after the show), this is great for Ruben. I’m super excited for him.

  • waynestrong

    this sounds cool. Good luck to him

  • AlesheaDominique

    A contestant from my all time favorite reality show becoming a contestant on my other favorite reality show: AHHH YES! Now, I’m even more pumped for the new season.

    And I wish all the best to Ruben

  • b_james

    Is this a celebrity version or will he just be on the regular show? (Like how Amazing Race and Survivor have had celebs compete in their normal seasons)

  • nncw

    Wouldn’t normally watch the show but will give it a peak just to see how he is doing- good luck Ruben!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Good luck to Ruben! I hope that this show will help him achieve a healthier weight and maintain it.

  • stardust462

    I love this show (though it has had its ups and downs), but I would love it if you covered it MJ!

    I wouldn’t be surprised if he already has high blood pressure or diabetes. A lot of younger people go on this show thinking they’re fine, but then it turns out they have (or are very close to having) them.

  • girlygirl

    Good luck to Ruben on this.

    If you have time, or can find someone to recap it for you, MJ, I say, yeah, go ahead and cover it on this blog :)

  • flog gnaw

    There are other ways to lose weight and though TBL is one of them, it’s disgusting; the “training” on the show verges on abuse.

  • Vetle Hovland

    But there is a price for winning this right, money, I mean. Enough reason for the others to vote him out, if this is not a celebrity edition.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    MJ, you can add Clay Aiken (Celebrity Apprentice) to your list of AI alums who have returned to competitive reality shows.

  • Bugme Nomor

    I assume it’s about losing weight and getting his name out there.

  • abbysee

    I always cringe when people discount celebrities weight loss because they can hire a chef and trainer. Until you can hire someone to eat and digest your food and ache and sweat for you, I’d say it takes the same dedication no matter your bank account. The motivation might be different, but the difficulty of the task is universal!

  • abbysee

    I’m glad he’s doing it. He’s a handsome man, if successful, he’ll be handsome and fit! Go Ruuuuuuuben!

  • Kariann Hart

    Did you see Cher recently on The Voice? Honestly, I need to disagree with you. You pay for a trainer; they show up at your house; you exercise. Debating on what you’ll do for exercise each day is flexible and sometimes ignored. If you can afford a chef, you can afford the best food available without looking at your budget for food. I do agree the difficulty of the task is universal!

  • Kariann Hart

    Wishing Ruben the best of luck in obtaining his goal. It’s not easy, but public support has its advantages. I hope he DOES get healthier!

  • damo

    Ruben is going to have to work extremely hard to stay on the ranch. Being the winner of American Idol season 2 puts a big target on his back. Fortunately, I do not think that he is doing it for the $500,000 prize.

  • Sherry

    I hope it is the thing Reuben needs to get his head right and make a permanent lifestyle change — get healthy.

  • DaisyMagnolia

    It’s worth nothing that Ruben has tried at least twice to take off weight. The first time was with a liquid diet which he admitted didn’t work for him, so he quickly abandoned it. The second time, which was more successful, was the vegetarian lifestyle he followed for a couple of years.

    While being on TV again will be a boost to his career, I think he’s serious about losing weight and keeping it off.

  • SteelWauhterz

    Good luck Ruben for a healthy change and lifestyle.

  • Goodvibes27

    Lose weight, perhaps win money, and get television exposure. Sounds like a win-win-win. Go Ruben! But don’t lose those dimples :o)

  • Goodvibes27

    Lose weight, perhaps win money, and get television exposure. Sounds like a win-win-win. Go Ruben! But don’t lose those dimples :o)

  • dy

    I remember when Kimberley Locke was on Celebrity Fit Club a few years ago. The Biggest Loser has always kind of bored me to be honest, but I’m a Ruben fan so I am glad he’s doing this and good luck to him.