Ruben agrees to a makeover; Clay and Ruben’s dressing room demands revealed.

Ruben agrees to a makeover; Clay and Ruben’s dressing room demands revealed.
American Idol 2 winner Ruben Studdard is about to release a new “contemporary inspirational album”, just turned 26, and he presently weighs 360 pounds. But by his 27th birthday next year, that may change, as he’s moved to LA to work with an “Extreme Fitness Team” composed of “Randy Jackson as life coach and trainer Gunnar Peterson,” according to the Big News Network. This weight loss routine is coming courtesy of Extra, which will undoubtedly broadcast the process and results. Some of the lifestyle changes that Randy Jackson might advise Ruben to make will probably have to do with what he eats before each performance. The Smoking Gun has posted Ruben’s dressing room requirements, and the first item on the list is a “Large Bucket of Kentucky fried chicken.” While he also requests a “Large Fruit Tray,” 24 bottles of water, and 24 bottles of fruit juice , he also wants a “12 pack Miller High Life Long neck bottles” and “1 bottle of Moet Nectar chilled.” American Idol 2 runner-up Clay Aiken’s dressing room requirements are dramatically different, as he mostly requests different types of furniture and furnishings, including “dimmable lamps” and a “clean and ‘fresh’” sofa. His food request says that “no tree nuts or anything touching tree nuts may touch the plates,” and notes that “This truly is very, very serious” and no nuts, mushrooms, coffee, mint, chocolate, or shellfish can be included. Clay does want a jar of honey (he’s just setting himself up for jokes here), white bread (heh), and Sprite (oh gosh, this is just too easy).

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