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Sneak peek: Ruben Studdard on “The Biggest Loser”


Ruben Studdard, The Biggest Loser

The last time he won a reality TV competition 10 years ago, Ruben Studdard donned a “205” jersey.

This season, the Birmingham singer sports the “462,” his starting weight as the heaviest contestant on “The Biggest Loser.”

Studdard, the winner of “American Idol” in 2003, will be among the 15 contestants competing for a $250,000 grand prize, awarded to the one who loses the highest percentage of weight.

The NBC show enters its 15th season.

Age 34 when the competition began, he comes in not only with a weight problem, but also sleep apnea, high blood pressure and diabetes. Studdard is the first celebrity contestant among the 300 in the show’s history.

Even the show itself is slimming down, with most episodes to run 1 hour instead of the usual 2.

“The Biggest Loser” premieres at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 on Alabama’s 13. The finale will air Feb. 4.

Video: A look at season 15 of “The Biggest Loser,”
with a shocking announcement for Ruben Studdard

Video: The first workout. Ruben: “Realizing I was
the heaviest guy on the ranch was an eye-opening
experience for me.”

Video: Interview with Ruben Studdard

More coverage of “The Biggest Loser.”


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