He lost an impressive 39 pounds in four weeks.
But that just wasn’t enough to save American Idol season two winner Ruben Studdard being kicked off The Biggest Loser on Tuesday night.
The much-loved contestant was eliminated after he only dropped five of the 11 pounds required to save his red team for the week.
As Ruben, 35, stood on the scales, the disappointment quickly washed over his face as the single digit amount was announced by host Alison Sweeney.
‘I worked really, really hard this week,’ Ruben said. ‘I swam extra. I walked extra.’
Even Ruben’s trainer Dolvett Quince was surprised, holding his head in his hands in shock.
‘Everything I asked you to do, you did it,’ he told the singer.
During his elimination speech, Ruben, who is often referred to as ‘The Velvet Teddy Bear’, admitted that the Biggest Loser experience was his most difficult to date.
‘This experience is one of the toughest things I’ve been through,’ he said.
‘I’ve been through two-a-day football practices; I’ve been through the ‘American Idol’ experience; I’ve been through a lot of mentally and physically challenging experiences in my life.
‘And this, you know, ranks right up there at the top.’
And while Ruben’s hopes to become ‘The Biggest Loser’ are now dashed, he vows that he will continue with his diet and exercise regime in a bid to become ‘sexy’.
‘America, my voice may be soulful, but the next time you see me, my body will be sexy,’ he said before signing out.
Ruben has seen his weight climb since he won the second season of American Idol in May 2003 after beating out Clay Aiken by just 134,000 votes.
‘I’ve never had an issue with my weight,” Ruben told People in a recent interview.
‘[But] my family has a history of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart-related issues – things I didn’t have to deal with yet because I’m young.