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Studdard Ain't Misbehavin' -- or Sellin' Records!

1/4/2008 12:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The "American Idol" graveyard -- aka Broadway -- has just inherited its latest crypt keeper -- Season 2 winner Ruben Studdard. Sorry!
Ruben Studdard and Frenchie Davis
Although abysmal record sales forced the plus-size 29-year-old schvitzing velvet teddybear to be dropped last month by his label, J Records, Ruben isn't performing at local balloon festivals or housing developments just yet. Studdard will hit the road this fall as part of the 30th anniversary of the national tour of Tony-award winning musical "Ain't Misbehavin'." The joint is jumpin'!

Joining Rube will be fellow "Idol" castoff Frenchie Davis, who previously spent over four years on the Great White Way in "Rent." At least for now, these two wannabeens will still be able to pay their rent!

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Jesse    

They finally dropped his ass?

Is he the first American Idol winner to die off?

w00t

Now just gotta wipe out Mantasia & Snooze Patrol!

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Jessica    

More Britney please, like how she was clean of any drugs and exactly what happened to her kid last night? Hope she gets better, I feel bad for her:(

2400 days ago
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?    

I should have supported him and bought his album!

2400 days ago
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Mikey    

Does this mean his part as Fat Bastard in the upcoming movie Austin Black Powers is on hold?

2400 days ago
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kel    

I think Ruben has a great voice but he needs to do music more for the younger crowd and I think he would do better. I saw Frenchie in Rent and she was awesome; her voice was perfect.

2400 days ago
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wisegirl    

There's always Broadway. Ruben has one of the most amazing voices I've ever heard.

2400 days ago
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Maddy    

I wouldn't call Broadway an Idol Graveyard by any means. Some of the most talented performers in this country are working on the Broadway stage. The LA poptarts and bad boys that TMZ loves to idolize wouldn't last a day there.

TMZ--stick to your thirty mile zone as Broadway is way out of your class.

2400 days ago
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Kat    

I think Ruben has one of the best voices to come out of that show. He is very talented, and he is one singer that shouldn't go to waste.

2400 days ago
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MAMA jugs TO you    

Everyone should seriously just leave Britney Spears alone. This is not rocket science, people. This girl is in really bad shape and she needs our love, prayers and support. She needs to be with people that love her for who she is and not what they can get out ot her. Her family, the media and all these comedians are making money off her break down, ( including Chris Crocker).

All of you keep calling her these terrible names and making awful jokes, but can't you see Britney is in serious need of medical care, she just doesn't realize it.

I cringe to think of the backlashing that I will get for posting this, but you know what they say about opinions!!!

Pray for this girl that she gets the well deserved treatment and help she so desperately needs!!!

2400 days ago
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GG    

Both need to get their fat azzes on Celebrity Fit Club...Dustin Diamond will whoop their butts!

2400 days ago
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Tom    

How cruel TMZ is. They are just trying to make it like everybody else. Leave them alone.

2400 days ago
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tickles    

Ruben is adorable and had a fantastic voice. It is too bad that the American public couldn't see past his size and embrace his talent. And as far as making it sound like Broadway is a bad place to be...You have to actually have talent to be is a show on Broadway. Can you imagine Britney singing on Broadway? There are thousands of fantastic singers on Broadway with trained voices who can blow the likes of Britney and Jessica Simpson away. Forget the blond hair and big boobs...just close your eyes and listen (LISTEN) strictly to their voices. Is there any reasonably sane person out there who can tell me (with a stright face) that Britney or Jessica sings better than Frenchie? Mandisa? Kimberly Locke? Fantasia? Make fun of American Idol all you want...but do you think that Simon Cowell would ever have let Britney or Jessica make it pass the first round of auditions? Talent comes in all shapes and sizes...not just the airhead blondes with double d's!

2400 days ago
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Nine2five    

I think Ruben is an amazing talent. He needs the proper management of his career. His Motown duet with Jordin Sparks on the AI finale last season was the highlight of the show..just as terrific as Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell.

2400 days ago
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dorothy    

Reuben's heart and soul is gospel music and that's the type of label he should be signed to. You have to have talent to land on Broadway so your put down won't hold him down. Everyone can't be on the same level as Kelly and Carrie but he's not on the bottom either because he's working and that's what count. Selling records isn't everything and don't guarantee happiness, just ask Britney.

2400 days ago
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ticked off    

Oh for God sakes, quit adding that link to the balloon festival as a way to make fun of Bucky Covington. EVERY country star does county fairs and such for the first few years out.... Garth Tim Faith... all of them. Just because it seems hokey to you twits in LA doesn't mean it is. Check your info:

Nashville, TN- Bucky Covington is a critic favorite! His self-titled debut CD, which opened at #1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart in April 2007, has been selected by critics at the Dallas Morning News and the Miami Herald as a favorite country release for 2007.

But I guess mission accomplished you got me to click on your site. So Kudos for that much.

2400 days ago
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