With a voice as big as his much-discussed girth, this soulful singer became the second American Idol winner in 2003. Raised singing gospel music, he attended college on a football scholarship before switching his focus to showbiz. Markedly different from his AI competitors — particularly freckle-faced runner-up Clay Aiken — the affectionately nicknamed "Velvet Teddy Bear" won over viewers with his smooth style and easygoing attitude. His post-show career was not the juggernaut everyone anticipated: The tracks and release date of his first album, Soulful, changed many times, while his second, I Need an Angel, smartly featured Studdard doing what he does best: gospel tunes. He also branched out into acting with a string of sitcom guest shots. In 2010, he reunited with his AI cast mate Aiken for a summer tour. Studdard founded The Ruben Studdard Foundation for the Advancement of Children in the Music Arts to promote and support music programs in the Greater Birmingham, AL area.