'American Idol' champ Ruben Studdard to compete on 'The Biggest Loser'

Ruben Studdard performed at the 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards at The Fox Theatre in 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Story highlights

  • The Velvet Teddy Bear would like to shed more weight
  • Studdard will be the first famous face on "The Biggest Loser"
  • He said he is doing it for his health
Have you ever seen a Velvet Teddy Bear with rock-hard abs? American Idol alum Ruben Studdard, who beat Clay Aiken back in 2003 to earn the season 2 crown, is moving on to a new reality competition: The Biggest Loser.
Studdard — nicknamed the Velvet Teddy Bear for his cuddly physique and silky-smooth vocals — is ready to change that image in the name of health.
"I've never had an issue with my weight," Studdard, 35, told People. "[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."
While Studdard is hardly the first celebrity to lose weight on TV — VH1′s "Celebrity Fit Club" ran for seven seasons — he is the first famous face to compete on "The Biggest Loser," which returns to NBC this fall.