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July 1, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
"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?
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February 5, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
From “American Idol” to Congress? Clay Aiken hopes so. The former “Idol” runner-up has formally announced his run for Congress as a Democrat in his native North Carolina. (And yes, we are just as confused as you are.)  Aiken officially launched his campaign for the seat held by Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers on Wednesday, and he's already issued a campaign video. In the nearly five-minute video -- it's on YouTube and is featured on his new campaign site -- the 35-year-old pop crooner stands in a modest living room, saying it's the home of a family friend who took him and his mother in years ago. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times "For most Americans, there are no golden tickets.
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December 18, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
Ruben Studdard is back at "The Biggest Loser" Ranch. Possibly for good. Just one more lucky break for the "American Idol" winner and the most famous contestant the show has ever seen? Maybe Studdard should have bought a Mega Millions ticket. To be sure, such a move is not unprecedented. Remember Ali Vincent, for example? She was eliminated early on in Season 5 but returned to win it all and become one of the most popular ambassadors for the show. Asked to respond to the skepticism, the show released the following statement: "If you've watched 'The Biggest Loser' in previous seasons, you know that this twist of bringing back eliminated contestants to try and win a spot back in the competition is a common one seen in many seasons of the show.
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February 5, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
This is one contest in which Clay Aiken really doesn't want to finish second: The singer is running for Congress, aiming to represent a district in North Carolina. Aiken, 35, who finished a close second to Ruben Studdard in the second season of "American Idol," announced his candidacy Wednesday via YouTube, Twitter and his own official website . He'll have to make it through a Democratic primary to take on the incumbent, Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers, who also has a primary challenger in what's reportedly a GOP-leaning district.
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September 4, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
Ruben Studdard says "American Idol" gave him a career. Now, he wants "The Biggest Loser" to give him a life. Studdard -- nicknamed "The Velvet Teddy Bear" partly for his girth and his cuddly, cheerful, happy-go-lucky demeanor -- said he is returning to reality TV to face the demons that caused him to balloon to 462 pounds. Studdard, 35, said there is nothing funny about his condition, which includes high blood pressure and a diagnosis that he is borderline diabetic. "I've been a big guy my whole life.
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January 23, 2004 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
What do Americans care about these days? Just add it up; the numbers are telling when it comes to politics versus popular culture. Consider this: John Kerry was recently christened front-runner by his win in the Iowa caucus, with 38% of the 120,000 caucus delegates. Now politicos are waiting breathlessly for next week's New Hampshire primaries. New Hampshire Secretary of State William M.
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August 7, 2003 | From Associated Press
Owners of hip-hop clothing maker 205 Flava Inc. say they secretly paid Ruben Studdard to wear the company's bright jerseys on "American Idol," despite a ban by the program on such deals. A lawyer for owners Willie and Frederick Jenkins showed reporters in Birmingham, Ala., copies of $10,000 in checks made out to Studdard's brother, Kevin, and his manager, Ron Edwards.
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January 8, 2008 | Lynne Heffley
"Ain't Misbehavin' ", the Tony Award-winning Fats Waller musical revue, will hit the road in a 30th-anniversary national tour headlined by "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard and one-time "American Idol" contestant Frenchie Davis, whose stage credits include "Rent" and "Dreamgirls." Presented by Big League Productions, the tour will be staged by Richard Maltby Jr., who wrote and directed the original 1978 Broadway production that featured breakout star Nell Carter. Maltby "has always wanted to re-create the original Broadway choreography and direction," said Big League spokesman John Starr, "and he had this idea of casting Ruben Studdard, and it kind of went from there."
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June 17, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Former "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard has been awarded $2 million in his lawsuit against his ex-manager for misappropriating the singer's bank accounts and credit cards. Studdard, 26, of Birmingham, Ala., won the "Idol" show in 2003 and filed suit last year against ex-manager Ronald W. Edwards and Edwards' promotions company, claiming that Edwards misused more than $246,000 of the singer's money.
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August 2, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Louis Vuitton and Sony BMG have reached a settlement over musicians' use of Louis Vuitton logos and other trademarked property, the luxury goods company says. Louis Vuitton has filed multiple lawsuits in Paris against Sony over the last five years, saying artists such as Da Brat, Britney Spears and Ruben Studdard have improperly used Louis Vuitton intellectual property in their CDs, DVDs and other products. Under the terms of the settlement, Sony will pay Louis Vuitton about $150,000 in a dispute involving Da Brat and Spears.
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December 18, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
Ruben Studdard is back at "The Biggest Loser" Ranch. Possibly for good. Just one more lucky break for the "American Idol" winner and the most famous contestant the show has ever seen? Maybe Studdard should have bought a Mega Millions ticket. To be sure, such a move is not unprecedented. Remember Ali Vincent, for example? She was eliminated early on in Season 5 but returned to win it all and become one of the most popular ambassadors for the show. Asked to respond to the skepticism, the show released the following statement: "If you've watched 'The Biggest Loser' in previous seasons, you know that this twist of bringing back eliminated contestants to try and win a spot back in the competition is a common one seen in many seasons of the show.
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November 13, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
"The Biggest Loser" producers continue to stay mum in the face of "cheating scandal" headlines. But one person who is talking -- kind of -- says the return of "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard is the real deal. Viewers were shocked when this week's weigh-in began with news that trainer Jillian Michaels broke rules by giving her teammates caffeine supplements. As a result, the earlier week's weigh-in was overturned, paving the way for the return of Studdard, the highest profile player ever to take part in NBC's weight-loss reality show.
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September 4, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
Ruben Studdard says "American Idol" gave him a career. Now, he wants "The Biggest Loser" to give him a life. Studdard -- nicknamed "The Velvet Teddy Bear" partly for his girth and his cuddly, cheerful, happy-go-lucky demeanor -- said he is returning to reality TV to face the demons that caused him to balloon to 462 pounds. Studdard, 35, said there is nothing funny about his condition, which includes high blood pressure and a diagnosis that he is borderline diabetic. "I've been a big guy my whole life.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
"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?
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July 1, 2013 | By Scott Collins and Catherine Saillant
Jimmy Kimmel may not be able to fight City Hall, but now he's played there. The ABC late-night host served as the official emcee at the swearing-in of Mayor Eric Garcetti, which took place amid sweltering heat in downtown Los Angeles late Sunday afternoon. Ever mindful of political realities, Kimmel blamed the heat on the previous administration. He praised Garcetti's down-to-earth roots. "He is truly a man of the people," Kimmel told the crowd. "His parents were people. His grandparents were people.
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August 2, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Louis Vuitton and Sony BMG have reached a settlement over musicians' use of Louis Vuitton logos and other trademarked property, the luxury goods company says. Louis Vuitton has filed multiple lawsuits in Paris against Sony over the last five years, saying artists such as Da Brat, Britney Spears and Ruben Studdard have improperly used Louis Vuitton intellectual property in their CDs, DVDs and other products. Under the terms of the settlement, Sony will pay Louis Vuitton about $150,000 in a dispute involving Da Brat and Spears.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2013 | By Scott Collins and Catherine Saillant
Jimmy Kimmel may not be able to fight City Hall, but now he's played there. The ABC late-night host served as the official emcee at the swearing-in of Mayor Eric Garcetti, which took place amid sweltering heat in downtown Los Angeles late Sunday afternoon. Ever mindful of political realities, Kimmel blamed the heat on the previous administration. He praised Garcetti's down-to-earth roots. "He is truly a man of the people," Kimmel told the crowd. "His parents were people. His grandparents were people.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
This is one contest in which Clay Aiken really doesn't want to finish second: The singer is running for Congress, aiming to represent a district in North Carolina. Aiken, 35, who finished a close second to Ruben Studdard in the second season of "American Idol," announced his candidacy Wednesday via YouTube, Twitter and his own official website . He'll have to make it through a Democratic primary to take on the incumbent, Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers, who also has a primary challenger in what's reportedly a GOP-leaning district.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2008 | Lynne Heffley
"Ain't Misbehavin' ", the Tony Award-winning Fats Waller musical revue, will hit the road in a 30th-anniversary national tour headlined by "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard and one-time "American Idol" contestant Frenchie Davis, whose stage credits include "Rent" and "Dreamgirls." Presented by Big League Productions, the tour will be staged by Richard Maltby Jr., who wrote and directed the original 1978 Broadway production that featured breakout star Nell Carter. Maltby "has always wanted to re-create the original Broadway choreography and direction," said Big League spokesman John Starr, "and he had this idea of casting Ruben Studdard, and it kind of went from there."
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June 17, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Former "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard has been awarded $2 million in his lawsuit against his ex-manager for misappropriating the singer's bank accounts and credit cards. Studdard, 26, of Birmingham, Ala., won the "Idol" show in 2003 and filed suit last year against ex-manager Ronald W. Edwards and Edwards' promotions company, claiming that Edwards misused more than $246,000 of the singer's money.
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