Christopher Ruben Studdard (born September 12, 1978) was a contestant in Season 2 of American Idol.

For more about his life, see Ruben Studdard/Personal.

Audition[edit | edit source]

Ruben auditioned in Nashville. He sang "Ribbon in the Sky" by Stevie Wonder. All three judges voted "yes", sending him to the next round.

Hollywood Round[edit | edit source]

Ruben was shown in the first part of Hollywood Round. He was later shown in a group with Rickey Smith. He did manage to land a spot in the judges' final forty-eight, and eventually landed a spot in the Top 32.

Top 32[edit | edit source]

Ruben performed in Group 2 and sang "Superstar" by Delaney and Bonnie. He received enough votes to land him in the Top 12.

Top 12[edit | edit source]

Ruben sang "Baby I Need Your Loving" by The Four Tops. He received enough votes to be considered "safe" for that week.

Top 11[edit | edit source]

Ruben sang "A Whole New World" by Peabo Bryson and Celine Dion. He received enough votes to be considered "safe" for that week.

Top 10[edit | edit source]

Ruben sang "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd. He received enough votes to be considered "safe" for that week.

Top 8 (Week 1)[edit | edit source]

Ruben sang "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe" by Barry White. He received enough votes to be considered "safe" for that week.

Top 8 (Week 2)[edit | edit source]

Ruben sang "Kiss and Say Goodbye" by The Manhattans. He received enough votes to be considered "safe" for that week.

Top 7[edit | edit source]

Ruben sang "Just the Way You Are" by Billy Joel. He received enough votes to be considered "safe" for that week.

Top 6[edit | edit source]

Ruben sang "Music of My Heart" by *NSYNC and Gloria Estefan. He received enough votes to be considered "safe" for that week.

Top 5[edit | edit source]

Ruben sang "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" by The Temptations and "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" by Neil Sedaka. He was placed in the Bottom 2 for that week.

Top 4[edit | edit source]

Ruben sang "Nights on Broadway" and "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" both by The Bee Gees. He received enough votes to be considered "safe" for that week.

Top 3[edit | edit source]

Ruben sang "Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours" by Stevie Wonder, "Smile" by Charlie Chaplin (per request of Simon Cowell) and "If Ever You're in My Arms Again" by Peabo Bryson. He received enough votes to advance to the Finale.

Season 2 Finale[edit | edit source]

For the Finale, Ruben sang "A House Is Not a Home" by Dionne Warwick, "Imagine" by John Lennon, and "Flying Without Wings". He received more votes than Clay Aiken and became the second American Idol

Season 18[edit | edit source]

Ruben appeared in the Season 18 Finale.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • During his Top 32 performance, the contestant marquee misspelled his hometown as "Burmingham, AL".
  • Ruben became the first male and African-American winner of the show.

Performances[edit | edit source]

Week Theme Song Original Artist Result
Top 32 Contestant's choice "Superstar" Delaney & Bonnie Advanced
Top 12 Motown "Baby I Need Your Loving" Four Tops Safe
Top 11 Movie Soundtracks "A Whole New World" - Aladdin Brad Kane & Lea Salonga Safe
Top 10 Country rock "Sweet Home Alabama" Lynyrd Skynyrd Safe
Top 8 Disco "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe" Barry White Safe
Top 8 Billboard Number Ones "Kiss and Say Goodbye" The Manhattans Safe
Top 7 Billy Joel "Just the Way You Are" Billy Joel Safe
Top 6 Diane Warren "Music of My Heart" 'N Sync and Gloria Estefan Safe
Top 5 1960s "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" The Temptations Bottom 2
Neil Sedaka "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" Neil Sedaka
Top 4 Bee Gees "Nights on Broadway" Bee Gees Safe
"How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" Bee Gees
Top 3 Random "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" Stevie Wonder Safe
Judges' Choice "Smile" - Simon Cowell Charlie Chaplin
Idol's Choice "If Ever You're in My Arms Again" Peabo Bryson
Top 2 Finale "A House Is Not a Home" Dionne Warwick Winner
"Imagine" John Lennon
"Flying Without Wings" Westlife

Gallery[edit | edit source]


Season 2
Finalists
Ruben Studdard  · Clay Aiken  · Kimberley Locke  · Josh Gracin · Trenyce  · Carmen Rasmusen  · Kimberly Caldwell  · Rickey Smith  · Corey Clark  · Julia DeMato  · Charles Grigsby  · Vanessa Olivarez
Semifinalists
Aliceyn Cooney  · Chip Days  · Janine Falsone  · Olivia Mojica  · Nasheka Siddall  · Juanita Barber  · Sylvia Chibiliti  · Ashley Hartman  · Patrick Lake  · Samantha Cohen  · Equoia Coleman  · Lou Gazzara  · Kimberly Kelsey  · Jordan Segundo  · George Trice  · Rebecca Bond  · Candice Coleman  · Jennifer Fuentes  · Hadas  · Jacob John Smalley  · J.D. Adams  · Meosha Denton  · Patrick Fortson  · Bettis Richardson
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