'Idol' Champs vs. Runners-Up: Who's the Bigger Winner?

As Season 2 winner Ruben Studdard prepares to compete on The Biggest Loser, see which American Idol winners have been eclipsed by those who came in second (13 Photos)

Ali Gray on May 17, 2013 at 10:36AM

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'Idol' Champs vs. Runners-Up: Who's the Bigger Winner?

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Season 2: Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken

Winner: Ruben Studdard
The "Velvet Teddy Bear" wowed Idol viewers with his smooth vocals and his sweet smile. His 2003 win helped his debut album, Soulful, hit 1.8 million in U.S. sales, but in the years since, the singer's popularity has declined, with his last album (2012's Letters from Birmingham) has sold just over 17,000 copies. On the new season of "The Biggest Loser" that will premiere on Oct. 8, 2013, he will be the heaviest contestant on the show, weighing in at 462 pounds. After the show, he plans to record his sixth studio album.

Runner-Up: Clay Aiken
Aiken's 2003 hit song "This Is the Night" remains the most successful Idol single ever, with more than 1 million copies sold. In the past nine years, the North Carolina native has released five hit albums, staged sold-out concerts coast to coast, co-authored a best-selling memoir and conquered Broadway with a role in Monty Python's Spamalot. He released his latest album, Tried and True, in June 2010 and independently released his latest single, "Bring Back My Love," in December 2011.

Will the real season 2 Idol please stand up?
Thanks to "Claymates" the world over, this one easily goes to Aiken.

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