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FULL NAME: Ruben Studdard
HOMETOWN: Birmingham, Alabama
BIRTHDAY: September 12, 1978
AGE: 45
BIO: Season 2 of Idol introduced us to Ruben Studdard. Studdard was born in Frankfurt, West Germany to American parents. By the age of three, Studdard was singing at his church. The singer was 24 years old at the time of his Idol audition. After finding himself in the Bottom two during the Top 5 episode, Studdard fought his way back to be crowned the American Idol champion.

Studdard's first single, a cover of Westlife's "Flying Without Wings" entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number two. The single “Sorry 2004” reached number nine of the same chart. He earned a Grammy nomination for his cover of Luther Vandross’s “Superstar.”

The singer recently embarked on a Christmas tour with Season 2 Idol runner-up Clay Aiken.

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