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'Idol' Winner Treated Like a Real Loser

5/19/2009 5:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

In 2003 Ruben Studdard was crowned "American Idol" -- but six years later the Velvet Teddybear says the show that made millions off him and many other wannabeens wouldn't even fork over a few bones for his flight to the finale!

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Sure gives Kris Allen and Adam Lambert a lot to look forward to.

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