Unfortunately Ruben Studdard can’t say he a loser. As in “Biggest Loser.”
Yep, the fan-favorite is done. Tuesday night he was sent packing from the NBC show.
It’s a sad turn of events because for the first 4 weeks Studdard put in a lot of hard work and proved to be charming to his fellow players.
But the bottom line is that when he stepped on the scale this week, he learned he didn’t lose enough. Following a couple of less-than-impressive losses from his red teammates, Ruben failed to drop the 11 pounds it would have taken to save his team. With a loss of just 5 pounds, he didn’t even drop enough to save himself when it came to the dreaded red line.
“I worked really, really hard this week,” he said while still standing on the scale. “I swam extra. I walked extra.”
His trainer, Dolvett Quince, agreed, telling him, “Everything I asked you to do, you did it.”
But it wasn’t enough.
“This experience is one of the toughest things I’ve been through,” Ruben admitted. “I’ve been through two-a-day football practices; I’ve been through the ‘American Idol’ experience; I’ve been through a lot of mentally and physically challenging experiences in my life. And this, you know, ranks right up there at the top.”
At the end of the day, Ruben may not have have reached his weight goal, but he got what he came for, he says.
“My goal coming to ‘The Biggest Loser’ ranch was to leave here a changed person,” he explained. “I think I reached that goal.”