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R&B singer Ruben Studdard falls short on Biggest Loser'

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He started 'The Biggest Loser' as this season's heaviest contestant, and at 462 pounds 'American Idol' winner Ruben Studdard had his sights set on winning this reality show too. But that dream fell short after Studdard's team had the lowest percentage of combined weight loss of the three teams on the ranch. Studdard lost five pounds last week to contribute to his team's total, but it wasn't enough. The larger than life R&B singer fell below the scale's dreaded yellow line and was automatically eliminated from the show. He is the first member of the red team and the second contestant this season to exit the game. I recently had the chance to speak with Studdard by phone about his time on the ranch, his workouts and whether or not he's been able to conquer his diabetes.

The Maine Edge: Was it difficult on the ranch to stay upbeat and positive the whole time?

Studdard: Either you have a positive attitude or you don't, and I'm a pretty upbeat and positive guy. I think the most difficult thing on the ranch is just being away from family. 

TME: Dr. H. informed you on the show you were diabetic. Do you have that under control now?

Studdard: Most definitely. That is something that once you hear the diagnosis, you have to stay on top of. 

TME: Was there someone in particular you connected with right away and have stayed in contact with?

Studdard: Several people. Holly and I had a real connection. Craig Arrington and I and everyone on the red team. We were all pretty cool with one another.

'The Biggest Loser' airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC.

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