Home again, home again - for the second time. Former "American Idol" and now former "The Biggest Loser" contestant Ruben Studdard got booted off the weight-focused ranch on the December 3 episode of the show.
And the reason was simple: He lost only two pounds after a week of working out with his trainer Dolvett Quince.
"I'm, like, man, forget 2 pounds," sighed Ruben regretfully.
However, the man known as the Velvet Teddy Bear for his gentle attitude and velvety voice defended himself in terms of his effort.
"Those pounds were hard fought," said the singer proudly. "I earned every one of them."
What he may not have earned, depending on who you ask: That second chance.
Ruben was eliminated previously from the show, with a dramatic departure and sorrow from his fans. And then came the surprise return in the following week. Host Alison Sweeney announced that because Jillian Michaels had given caffeine supplements to her loyal team, the entire team was penalized - and the other players were rewarded with that week's weigh-in being invalidated. Result: The triumphant return of Ruben.
Now, however, with no trainer saves left and (apparently) no trainer reprimands remaining, Ruben has left the ranch permanently.
Based on the rules of the show, Ruben can continue to compete for the at-home award of $100,000. That requires continuing to work out and diet on his own, despite what is a commitment to continuing his career. But the Velvet Teddy Bear made a bold prediction.
"America, the next time you see me, I'll still be the Velvet Teddy Bear, but without the stuffing," Ruben vowed.
How much has he lost thus far? He previously revealed he's shed more than 100 pounds: Read all about it by clicking here.