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Singer Ruben Studdard swaps pounds for romance

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 01:26

Feb. 12 - Former American Idol champ Ruben Studdard matures into a balladeer for his new album ''Unconditional Love.'' Elly Park reports.

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Ruben Studdard, also known as the Velvet Teddy Bear, is back with a new album titled "Unconditional Love." The new album features nine covers of classic love songs and two original tunes. The former American Idol winner, who ended a three year marriage in 2012 says he used his lessons in love as guidance. SOUNDBITE: Ruben Studdard, Singer, saying (English) "Thankfully I've grown a lot and I've been able to experience love, gained and lost. And I think that I now have the experience to sing these songs from places that I truly understand." What he's also lost is weight, over 100 pounds, or 45 kilograms of it, as a contestant on the U.S. reality TV program "The Biggest Loser." While he got eliminated before the end of the show, the crooner says his weight loss journey will continue. SOUNDBITE: Ruben Studdard, Singer, saying (English) "I'm not, you know, exempt from the pressure of people saying that you should look a certain way. But this time I didn't do this for any look, I did this for - I lost weight so I could be healthy." "Unconditional Love" was released on February 4.

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Singer Ruben Studdard swaps pounds for romance

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 01:26