Ruben Studdard, nicknamed the Velvet Teddy Bear, for his cuddly physique and silky-smooth vocals, is ready to change that image in the name of health.

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Studdard told People:

“I’ve never had an issue with my weight. [But] my family has a history of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart-related issues — things I didn’t have to deal with yet because I’m young. But I don’t want to be worried at 40, and if I don’t fix things now, I will be.”

He will be the first celebrity to compete on the show.

Remember Ruben in the customized Alabama jerseys?  He’s come a long way since then, but his voice is still smooth as velvet!

Ruben told Wendy Williams that his most recent weight gain came from grief eating.  He packed on pounds after his divorce.

We wish RUUUUBEN the best!

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