These days, the title of Hardest Working Man in Show Business surely must go to Ruben Studdard, the newly-minted American Idol winner. As if crooning like Luther Vandross all season weren't enough, he's been meeting the press non-stop, making endless public appearances and planning his album. (His first single, "Flying Without Wings," drops June 3.) When Ruben rang up TV Guide Online, the 24-year-old who yawned his way through our last interview was even more exhausted. If you think pop Idols go idle offstage, think again: He's being run ragged, singing and talking way too much for a man of few words.
TVGO: Are they wearing you out?
Ruben: They are.
TVGO: At the Idol finale, you were perspiring pretty heavily on stage. Some folks were worried. Are you okay?
Ruben: I'm fine, dude.
TVGO: It looks like your buddy movie with Clay Aiken may actually happen, huh?
Ruben: Hopefully, they'll find a good script for us, and it'll be something everyone can laugh at.
TVGO: Are you excited about your single coming out?
Ruben: Man, I'm so excited. It's my first single ever.
TVGO: Will "Wings" be any different from how you sang it on the show?
Ruben: Yeah, a few little things will be different.
TVGO: How so?
Ruben: I can't tell you.
TVGO: Well, have you recorded the album yet?
Ruben: Not yet.
TVGO: Who would you like to work with on it?
Ruben: Tamyra Gray, Kelly Clarkson, Frenchie Davis...
TVGO: You're a fan of 'N Sync. Any plans to cover one of their songs?
Ruben: I doubt it, but I am a big fan.
TVGO: So what was the biggest highlight of American Idol 2?
Ruben: Being in the competition was my highlight.
TVGO: When they called your name out as the victor, what was the first thing that went through your mind?
Ruben: "Thank the Lord, it's over."
Ruben: I was tired.
TVGO: What'll you do for a break?
Ruben: I don't know right now. I don't even know when I have a break.