"American Idol" alum Ruben Studdard was eliminated Tuesday night on "The Biggest Loser" after he failed to lose the necessary 11 pounds to keep himself in the weight-loss competition.
Studdard's sendoff was particularly emotional because the soul singer put in extra effort to shed the pounds this week, but ultimately lost only five.
"I worked really, really hard this week," he said while still standing on the scale Tuesday. "I swam extra. I walked extra."
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His trainer, Dolvett Quince, agreed, telling him, "Everything I asked you to do, you did it."
The 35-year-old entered the reality show competition four weeks ago at a scale-tipping 462 pounds. He walked away 39 pounds lighter and said he was thankful for the experience.
"This experience is one of the toughest things I've been through. 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," he said. "My goal coming to 'The Biggest Loser' ranch was to leave here a changed person. I think I reached that goal."
Studdard shot to instant stardom after he edged out Clay Aiken to win the second season of "American Idol" in 2003. He has long struggled with obesity and even tried pairing an intense workout regimen with a strict 1,200-calorie-a-day diet in 2006.
"I was losing weight, but I was exhausted. It was making me sick," Studdard told People magazine back then
. "I'm a big man. There was no way to do those workouts on that amount of food, so everything was contradicting itself."
He became a vegetarian that same year and shed 70 of his 455 pounds. Studdard married Surata Zuri McCants in 2008 and remained healthy throughout his marriage, but when the couple divorced in 2012, he put the weight back on.
Though his time on "The Biggest Loser" is over, Studdard vowed to continue to try and lose the weight.
"America, my voice may be soulful, but the next time you see me, my body will be sexy," he said.
"The Biggest Loser" airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. EST on NBC.
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