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American Idols, Where Are They Now?

April 10th, 2014 9:00pm EDT
American Idols, Where Are They Now?
Once known as the show that could instantly make you a star, "American Idol" has suffered lackluster ratings and has had as many "Idols" fail as succeed. Still, the winners that America voted for have not always stayed within the realm of music, some have spread their wings to the acting world as well. Some of the more popular winners are still in the spotlight, some have faded into obscurity, Here is the latest on what many of your favorite "American Idol" winners have been up to since winning.

Kelly Clarkson

Season 1

Undoubtedly the most popular and best-known of all the "American Idol...
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Review: Ruben Studdard Is In Excellent Voice On 'Unconditional Love'

February 7th, 2014 10:54am EST
ruben studdard unconditional love
On February 4th, R&B artist Ruben Studdard released his sixth album, Unconditional Love. It is hard to believe that the “Velvet Teddy Bear” has released six albums. Unless you’re an avid Studdard follower, you are likely in the dark about many of Studdard’s albums given their underrated, quiet release. Studdard’s career went “south” commercially following gold-selling gospel album, I Need An Angel. On Unconditional Love, the perception given from Studdard – newly signed to Verve – is that he just wants to make music. An album where the majority of songs are covers, Unconditional Love isn...
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Singer Ruben Studdard signs up to TV weight-loss show

July 1st, 2013 8:30pm EDT
Ruben Studdard
Former American Idol winner Ruben Studdard is returning to his reality TV roots in a bid to shed the pounds on U.S. weight-loss competition The Biggest Loser.

The R&B singer, who has struggled to keep his weight under control for years, managed to slim down following his 2008 marriage to Surata Zuri McCants, but his waistline started expanding again after they split in 2011.

However, Studdard will now be hoping to get in shape with the help of professionals after signing up to star on the upcoming 15th season of The Biggest Loser, reports People.com.

The 34 year old will make his debut o...
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Ruben Studdard To Compete On 'Biggest Loser'

July 1st, 2013 3:33pm EDT
Ruben Studdard
American Idol Season 2 winner Ruben Studdard will try to win another reality competition - this time to lose weight.

Studdard is set to join The Biggest Loser in an attempt to lose some weight from his large frame. Studdard was nicknamed "Velvet Teddy Bear" during his time on the show and was around 400 pounds the last time he attempted to lose weight.

In 2006, Ruben lost about 100 pounds thanks to a diet from Duke University. He then attempted to slim down again when he married Surata Zuri McCants, but he put some of it back on when he divorced her in 2012.

Ruben told People at the time...
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Phillip Phillips' Debut Rocks Download Charts

May 31st, 2012 11:03am EDT
Phillip Phillips
American Idol Phillip Phillips' debut Home sold 278,000 digital copies, despite the finale of the competition being the least-viewed in the show's history. It's the best debut for an American Idol winner since Ruben Studdard 286,000 copies of Flying Without Wings in 2002.

Phillips first week outsold last year's winner Scotty McReery and his song I Love You This Big's first week by 100,000 copies.

Clay Aiken still holds the top spot for an American idol contender, as he sold 393,000 copies of This Is the Night despite coming in second to Studdard.

Carly Rae Jepsen's Call Me Maybe sold 301...
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Phillip Phillips Continues Worrying Trend Of 'White Guy With Guitar' Winners For 'American Idol'

May 24th, 2012 4:07pm EDT
Phillip Phillips
Nothing against Phillip Phillips, who surely has some talent, but his win is the latest in a line of what fans have coined "White Guys with Guitars," or "WGWG." With ratings and record sales getting lower, can American Idol do anything to curb the trend?

Since the music competition allowed contestants to play instruments while singing, the show has seen David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze, Scotty McCreery, and Phillip Phillips take the prize over a more varied and (arguably) talented field. McCreery is a bit different, slanting towards crooning country instead of the light pop the rest of t...
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Ruben Studdard Gets Lucky In Divorce Settlement

April 9th, 2012 8:56am EDT
Ruben Studdard
Former "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard has lost nothing in his bitter divorce battle with ex-wife Surata thanks to an iron-clad prenuptial agreement.

The singer filed for divorce in November, ending his three-year marriage, and he became officially single again in January.

And now the financial and property aspects relating to the split have been decided - and Studdard gets to keep the couple's home, his cash, jewelry and property, according to legal papers obtained by TMZ.com.

His ex-wife drives off in a BMW gift from her husband, the wedding dress she wore when they exchanged vow...
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Ruben Studdard Facing Another New Tax Bill

March 5th, 2012 8:18am EST
Ruben Studdard
Singer Ruben Studdard has been hit with a new U.S. tax bill for outstanding debts from 2009.

The former American Idol champion and his estranged wife Surata Zuri McCants allegedly owe $180,216.73 in federal taxes to the Internal Revenue Service, according to TMZ.com.

It's the second time Studdard has faced tax trouble - he had a property lien filed against him in 2008 after failing to settle a $200,000 bill dating back to 2003.

He filed for divorce from McCants in November.
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'American Idol' Star Ruben Studdard Files For Divorce

November 17th, 2011 9:19am EST
Ruben Studdard
Singer Ruben Studdard has filed for divorce from his wife of three years.

The former American Idol champion has cited "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the split in papers filed in his native Alabama, according to TMZ.com.

Studdard and his wife Surata Zuri McCants wed in 2008.
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'American Idol' Recap: Was This The Most Boring Finale Ever?

May 25th, 2011 9:35am EDT
Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery
The most boring finalists ever. That seemed to be the conventional wisdom going into the evening. That, despite a strong start, this season of ‘Idol’ was destined to fall into oblivion with two dull finalists that wouldn’t be able to deliver the finale this Renaissance season deserved.

Yes, that might be true. It may have been more interesting to see James square off against Pia or Jacob take on Haley, but that doesn’t necessarily mean this is the most boring collection of contestants ever, does it?

Here’s a ranking of finale pairings from least boring to most boring:

9 (Least Boring): S...
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'American Idol' Recap: Usher, Diddy, Ruben & Sam Worthington Bid Didi Farewell + Power Rankings

April 1st, 2010 8:47am EDT
DiDi on American Idol
Even the Gods, it seems, couldn’t have saved Didi after that performance last week. And certainly not the judges.

“American Idol” is always a study in product placement synergy, but tonight it went a little over the top. It seemed the first half of the show was simply a commercial for “Clash of the Titans”. It seemed that way because that’s all it was. So much so that the producers decided to forego the group number. Maybe over-commercialization isn’t such a bad thing.

Last night was also the last night for Didi. Admittedly, Didi was so forgettable that I really don’t have a whole lo...
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'Idol' All-Stars Take Over - Tonight At 8 On Fuse

January 11th, 2010 2:30pm EST
American Idol, bikini girl, Katrina Darrell, Kara Dioguardi
Get ready for the new season of American Idol with some behind-the-scenes info on some of your favorite idols from the past. Fuse is featuring a TV marathon of some of "American Idol's" biggest success stories tonight at 8PM/7C, including an exclusive interview with last season's runner-up, Adam Lambert.

"American Idol" will return tomorrow night on Fox with a two-night, four-hour premiere featuring auditions in Boston and Atlanta. Auditions for the ninth season of the popular singing competition will also be held in Chicago, Orlando, Dallas, Los Angeles and Denver.

The show is featur...
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'American Idol' Needs a Revamp... Now!

August 10th, 2009 11:11am EDT
American Idol
With the recent news that Paula Abdul will not be returning for American Idol's ninth season, the timing seems perfect for the show to reinvent itself, and recapture the magic that has been steadily dwindling since it premiered nearly a decade ago. Though ratings remain high, viewership is decreasing, a problem that the show tried to address by adding a new judge at the start of the eighth season. Unfortunately, what "American Idol" needs is not a mere shuffling of parts, or replacement of personality. The show needs to restructure its format, and realize that the problem is an over-saturat...
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'American Idol' Power Rankings: Week 2

March 27th, 2009 8:17am EDT
American Idol
This week it was revealed that the American Idol wannabes lip-synch their group numbers. I'd never really noticed that before, but tonight it was all I could think about as they sang a Motown medley and looked like fleeing civilians in a "Godzilla" movie. How did it take us this long to unmask this conspiracy?

Of course, there was also a lot of real singing this evening. First it was Ruben Studdard who looked like a bathroom attendant at a five star restaurant and sang a song that I'm pretty sure is called "Every R&B Song Ever Written". At least he gave Jimmy Fallon solace in knowi...
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Diddy Settles Lawsuit

March 7th, 2009 1:51pm EST
Diddy
Rap mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs has settled a copyright infringement lawsuit with fashion house Louis Vuitton, ending a dispute over product placement in various Danity Kane videos.

The Bad Boy Records boss and heads at the label's parent company Warner Music Group were sued by executives at the luxury label for unauthorized use of Louis Vuitton's intellectual property.

In the legal papers, filed in Paris, France last August, Combs' company was accused of using the Louis Vuitton logo in two of the girl group's music videos, as well as in album packaging photos for their self-titled 2...
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Ruben Studdard Is Back With New Single, 'Together'

February 19th, 2009 8:20pm EST
Ruben Studdard
American icon Ruben Studdard is back with the release of "Together," his first single since 2006. The soulful and deeply romantic "Together," premiering on AOL Music today, will be available via digital retail on March 17.

Hailing from Birmingham, Studdard rose to fame as winner of the second season of American Idol. Since then, he has released three studio albums, has won Billboards's Top R&B Single Sales Award for "Superstar," and received a Grammy® Award nomination in 2003 for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for that song, alongside his idol Luther Vandross.

Studdard is on tou...
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'American Idol' Report Card

February 2nd, 2009 2:18pm EST
American Idol
The "American Idol" auditions are over, and we're that much closer to finding out which Hollywood hopefuls will make it to the Top 36 and get the chance to perform for a shot at the Top 12. But before this year's graduating class of performers is picked, we'd like to take a look back at the past seven seasons of the show and see which Idols (and runners up) have had the most success on and off the AI stage.

Recap of Winners

Season 1 - Kelly Clarkson (winner), Justin Guarini (runner-up)

Season 2 - Ruben Studdard (winner), Clay Aiken (runner-up)

Season 3 - Fantasia Barrino (wi...
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Ruben Studdard Met Wife-To-Be At Walmart

September 19th, 2008 2:51pm EDT
Ruben Studdard
American Idol winner Ruben Studdard will never forget meeting his wife for the first time - because it was between the aisles of budget store Walmart.

Studdard was busy promoting his debut album in the retail giant's Atlanta, Georgia store in 2006, and was approached by an autograph hunter - who turned out to be his now wife Surata Zaui McCants.

And the singer admits it was an odd first meeting, because she was there to get his signature for her best pal.

He recalls, "I was actually not shopping at all... I was promoting my album and I had an autograph signing at Walmart. And...
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Ruben Studdard Owes $200,000 In Taxes

August 28th, 2008 2:52pm EDT
Ruben Studdard
American Idol winner Ruben Studdard has been ordered to pay back almost $200,000 to the U.S. government.

According to court records, tax liens have been filed on the singer's properties for unpaid federal and local taxes.

The majority of Studdard's failed payments date back to 2003, when the star won $1 million on the reality show competition.

- Ruben Studdard Pictures

- American Idol Gallery

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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Another 'Idol' Star Dropped From Label

June 26th, 2008 10:30am EDT
Blake Lewis
Blake Lewis has become the latest American Idol favorite to get dropped by his record label. The season six runner-up has joined "Idol" winners Taylor Hicks and Ruben Studdard and fellow runner-up Katharine McPhee on the chopping block after losing his deal with Arista Records.

The move comes following disappointing sales of Lewis' debut album "Audio Day Dream."

-Blake Lewis Pictures

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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Rubben Studdard To Wed Soon

June 24th, 2008 11:14am EDT
Ruben Studdard
American Idol heavyweight Ruben Studdard is set to wed after obtaining a marriage license in Alabama.

The singer and fiancee Surata Zuri McCants, 30, arrived at Shelby County Probate Office in Studdard's native Birmingham on Monday morning.

There are no details about when Studdard, 29, and McCants will wed but an Alabama marriage license is valid for 30 days.

-Ruben Studdard Pictures

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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Our Favorite Reality Shows

June 17th, 2008 8:30am EDT
America
Even though we might not always admit it, we love reality television. It's hard not to because reality TV brings viewers entertaining and shocking moments, leaving viewers wanting more.

Followig is a look at some of the most popular reality shows that people can't help but watch week after week:

American Idol

"American Idol" made its Fox debut on June 11, 2002, and has now become one of the most popular shows on American television. The show originated from the 2001 British reality program "Pop Idol." The show has given us talented singers like Kelly Clarkson, David Cook, Carri...
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Seven Ways To Fix 'American Idol'

May 19th, 2008 8:47am EDT
American Idol
Lopping off 30 minutes is a start, but isn't nearly enough. At FOX's up-fronts last week, the network's executives made the startling announcement that "American Idol's" results show will be limited to a half-hour next season. A great cheer rose up from "Idol" nation at the news, as this will surely limit the time for ex-contestants pretending to have music careers on the nation's biggest show.

Of course, this news was met with a drop of cynicism. Lisa de Moraes of The Washington Post wrote that FOX's announcement of the time reduction was simply the executives' "way of reminding us ...
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Karaoke & Cheesy Performances Prevailed On 'American Idol' This Week

February 21st, 2008 10:50am EST
American Idol
"Too cheesy," "not relevant," "extremely cabaret" and "terrible vocals" were common criticisms heard from the south end of the judging table this past week on "American Idol." Aside from Paula Abdul's over-the-top compliments and Randy Jackson's on-the-fence opinions, Simon Cowell's take on week one completely highlighted the show.

This year, it seems that Simon is determined to find the right singer to advance into the music industry. And why shouldn't he? A professional needs to be able to handle the rigmarole of the music industry. But often times, Simon loses his focus. Just h...
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Ruben Studdard Loses 100 Pounds For Musical

January 31st, 2008 8:27am EST
Ruben Studdard
Former American Idol winner Ruben Studdard has lost nearly 100 pounds as he prepares for his upcoming stage role. The heavyweight star admits he needed to get in shape to play Fats Domino in the upcoming U.S. tour of musical "Ain't Misbehavin.'"

He says, "I am working out now. I've started jogging last week, really just trying to build up my endurance because we're doing about eight shows a week.

"I have lost almost 100 pounds. A year and a half ago I weighed about 450 pounds, now I weigh 365. I still have a long way to go, I need to gear back up again."

(This news article...
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Fascinating Facts

January 30th, 2008 7:30pm EST
Brendan Fraser
Actor Brendan Fraser will pick up the Distinguished Decade Of Achievement In Film Award at the movie industry's ShoWest Convention in Las Vegas in March.

Simon & Garfunkel are to follow the likes of Joni Mitchell and Paul McCartney and release a new live collection through coffee chain Starbucks' music label. The new album, Live 1969, will be available in coffee shops in March.

Singer/actor Arlo Guthrie, the son of folk legend Woody Guthrie, is supporting Republican candidate Ron Paul's bid to become U.S. President later this year.

Actress Rosario Dawson is dating Los Angeles...
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Why Do Some 'American Idol' Stars Succeed While Others Disappear?

January 29th, 2008 9:56am EST
American Idol
Did you ever notice how some contestants who win American Idol seem to fall off the face of the planet after the season is over? Then there are other "Idol" winners who become huge successes. So why does this happen?

There's no doubt about it, Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson are not only beautiful but extremely talented. Carrie Underwood covered Heart's "Alone" during one of the "Idol" episodes, and it was such an amazing performance that Simon Cowell said to her, "I'm going to make a prediction: you are not only to win this competition, but you're going to sell millions of records...
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Past 'American Idol' Winners: Where Are They Now?

January 14th, 2008 12:09pm EST
Fantasia Barrino
Every Tuesday and Wednesday, avid American Idol fans are glued to their TV sets, watching in anticipation and with hope that the contestants they fell in love with are not sent home.

Every season of the singing competition brings heartache and joy, laughter and tears. And each year this popular show produces America's newest singing talent. Several have reached stardom faster than they can say "I'm the next American Idol," while others have strayed away from the spotlight.

Aside from Kelly Clarkson's and Carrie Underwood's rise to fame, what happened to those other winners w...
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Simon Cowell Addresses Failure Of Idol Winners

January 10th, 2008 5:31pm EST
Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell has spoken out about past American Idol contestants Taylor Hicks, Ruben Studdard and Katharine McPhee losing their record deals, blaming the unpredictability of the music industry for their disastrous album sales.

Singer McPhee became the latest star to be dropped by her record label, RCA Records - a subsidiary of Sony BMG - in the space of three weeks on Wednesday , after poor sales of her latest self-titled release.

But Cowell insists artists cannot get too comfortable just because they're signed to a big label.

He says, "It's a reflection on the unpredictabil...
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Katharine McPhee Is Latest 'Idol' Star To Leave Record Company

January 10th, 2008 8:53am EST
Katharine McPhee
Katharine McPhee has become the third American Idol contestant to be dropped by a record label in the space of three weeks. McPhee has parted ways with RCA following the release of just one album, an eponymous disc that hit number two on the albums chart last year.

But McPhee, who is moving into acting with roles in two upcoming Hollywood movies, is not alone - "American Idol" winners Taylor Hicks and Ruben Studdard have both recently been let go by label J Records.

-Katharine McPhee Pictures

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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