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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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16.

ari    

Ruben never asked for a handout. He was joking around with the
photog, people! I am a die hard clay fan fur sure, but always liked
ruben as a person. he's a real sweet heart and would never say a
negative thing about anyone. The velvet teddy bear lives on!! :D

1892 days ago
17.

Gimmeane    

PAY your own way your not thatgood, never was never will be......CLAY AKIEN should of won gay or not HE CAN SING

1891 days ago
18.

the end of the day    

Whew...that's some funny $hit!

1891 days ago
19.

tiger'smomaphonytoo    

Simon Cowell has more money than God, flaunts his new mansion in the faces of the starving of the United States, and as a Briton, it sucks! Cowell drives a Bentley and has a "stable of cars". He sickens me!!!! Send Simon packing back to England, may he enjoy the clouds, heavy rains, gloomy weather and the oppressive pall that falls over the skies there. That's why Queen Elizabeth looks the ways she does there!!!

1891 days ago
20.

STFU TMZ YOU ARE IDIOTS    

Give me a break. I'm glad Reuben won. As if clay is all that. Look at the freak now. Reuben is a normal nice good singer. Clay is a freak!

1891 days ago
21.

They about to get paid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    

Just because he smoke all his money up,why should he fly on there dime,they paid him for his services,he shouldnt have won anyway

1891 days ago
22.

Karen    

Unlike Ruben, Adam actually has a viable talent.

1891 days ago
23.

vegas339    

First of all, Reuben should never have won over Clay Aiken who was a far superior singer. The proof was the fact that Clay sold more albums than all the other winners combined. Second, if Reuben was any good, he would have made a name for himself in showbiz by this time. As for this year, it will be Adam Lambert by a LANDSLIDE !!! GO ADAM !!!

1891 days ago
24.

tourguy    

This guy winning was a fluke. If he had any real talent, he wouldn't need to be begging money off Idol. They gave him his start. As an adult, it's his responsibility to keep his career going. Grow up Rueben.

1891 days ago
25.

Joanne    

It just goes to show: just because someone wins a season of "American Idol" doesn't seem to mean much. The runner up, Clay Aiken, seems to be making a lot more money and is more sucessful than Reuben.. And look at Jennifer Hudson? She wasn't even a runner up---- and look how far her career has gone--- and she is going strong. And an Academy Award, too!!!

1891 days ago
26.

bruce    

they might have paid if if they only had to buy 1 seat but his fat ass needs 2 and thats a bit much to pay for someone nobody wants to see anyway

1891 days ago
27.

jo    

After reading many negative responses, I truly think your own life sucks or maybe U just have depression issues.

1891 days ago
28.

Donald Ray    

Where did this STUPID pap go to school, asking, "who do you got in the finals"? And he sounds very gay saying, "keep it real, dude".

1891 days ago
29.

Jake White    

Oh that Jesus music really made you the big bucks .......... you sucked then, suck now......... you had no competition and actually still shouldn't have won.... oh yeh ..Clay Takin' in da butt was and is awful as well.......

1891 days ago
30.

Bobby    

who wants to see his fat ass at the finals tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

1891 days ago
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