Ruben Studdard - Soothing Voice

Ruben Studdard - The Other Reviews

Ruben Studdard and others' reviews and rankings

Jul 21, 2013 05:47 PM ET
Reviewed by: SkoutlawDreamer
he is good :)

My Idol Ranking
Jun 03, 2013 04:36 PM ET
Reviewed by: Andriodm105
Don't hear him on the radio much. Great voice!

Ruben Studdard - Deserved to Win Over Clay
Jun 10, 2012 06:26 PM ET
Reviewed by: 09scottyb
Although Kimberley should have won season 2, I'm glad Ruben beat our Clay Aiken.

Jun 02, 2012 05:52 PM ET
Reviewed by: wrestlgurl
Ahhhh, that voice can just melt me. Still one of my all-time favorites. Love his new single. Yea, Ruben is still making records, and good ones!

May 05, 2012 04:50 PM ET
Reviewed by: Oholibamah
His smooth voice isn't the most powerful or full of range, but he performed with ease and masterful control of the notes. Where he lacked for me was emotional connection to songs (while contestants like Jasmine get dinged for smiling during emotional songs, he seems to get a pass) and stage presence.

Sep 29, 2010 06:56 PM ET
Reviewed by: Jewel
I did not like him, he had a pleasant voice but whenever he performed, he was immobile just stood there

Oct 04, 2009 02:32 PM ET
Reviewed by: jeboftheyear
How did this guy win?

Beautiful voice
Jun 13, 2009 01:58 PM ET
Reviewed by: brickj
The problem is that he does not know how to perform well.

May 23, 2009 10:33 AM ET
Reviewed by: genedevil

Apr 07, 2009 08:18 PM ET
Reviewed by: Smileyj
He was bad. Well, not TOO bad.

May 15, 2008 08:26 PM ET
Reviewed by: DavidFan
i love "celebrate me home"

Mar 12, 2008 04:45 PM ET
Reviewed by: Julesb2183
I think he was over rated

Nov 23, 2007 09:06 AM ET
Reviewed by: koopa
like his voice

Nice Voice.
Jun 27, 2006 09:34 PM ET
Reviewed by: idolstocker
His weight has been an insperation. He don't make a big deal of his weight, he just goes with Gods Path in life. I liked his voice alot. But he had never. EVER. EVER. EVER. Looked into the camera. I tape every episode. I still watch back and don't see him look at camera. Iv'e been into the studio. There are blinking cameras to let them know which camera to look at. He don't. Other do. And right before camera changes they look at audiance. Great Raspy voice. Favriot:Imagine Least:Sweet Home Alabama.

Worthy Winner
Mar 16, 2006 11:56 AM ET
Reviewed by: cherphe
Was perhaps a worthy winner.

Mar 16, 2006 10:35 AM ET
Reviewed by: CG2
He has a nice voice - and zero stage presence. Like a deer in the headlights.

Ruben Is A Good R & B Singer
Dec 02, 2005 12:03 AM ET
Reviewed by: Honeyowens
Ruben is a good R & B singer. He can sing with the best of them. His stage presence is lacking, not enough energy and conviction. He does have that cute dimple thing going on. He also sings Gospel well.

Jul 11, 2005 03:46 PM ET
Reviewed by: tubbs
to be frank i feel he was a bit over rated and pumped up to much by simon. He has a very good voice but isnt a great performer. I dont think he should of won i would have placed him more around 6th place.

Ruben: Teddy Bear
Jul 08, 2005 11:36 AM ET
Reviewed by: FlyrGrl
Ruben is a very talented young man. He has a lovely warm voice that is particularly well suited to R&B. He did have occasional pitch-troubles and more scratchiness as the show went on, likely due to either illness or vocal overuse. Musical knowledge was evident in his performances. Ruben's personality was a bit too laid-back, but I did see flashes of a sense of humor and wit. His weight did not bother me, but I did feel that it hurt him vocally, in terms of breath-control. Ruben's stage-presence on AI was a bit static, perhaps due to being on a larger stage, but his size is almost enough stage-presence in itself. Ruben's main strengths are his musicality and his warm vocal tone. His weaknesses? Perhaps too much of a tendency to fall back onto unoriginal habits (using the same notes in a run, same arm movements and stage-moves), and also not always picking the best songs to highlight his range and versatility, playing it too safe. I also felt that the lack of constructive criticism, during AI, was a deterrent to Ruben's musical growth and exploration.

Jun 18, 2005 03:45 PM ET
Reviewed by: sharmardo
Average performer. Absolutely NOT what the powers that be had him portrayed as.

Ruben was just average for me
Jun 15, 2005 01:19 PM ET
Reviewed by: Zircon
i wasn't that impressed with Ruben, i thought Clay was better than Ruben and Clay should of won

Sweet Home Alabama
Jun 06, 2005 10:15 PM ET
Reviewed by: DianaDS
That was the only song Ruben did on the show that I enjoyed. Otherwise it was like watching the same performance over and over. I was stunned that the judges never called him on things like breath control and his only movement being repeating the same hand movements. But, he did have a lot of fans and it's a shame he wasn't able to take advantage of the exposure AI offered him. Plain and simple, he should have worked harder.

just ok
Jun 06, 2005 08:36 AM ET
Reviewed by: ncfan4clay
Some songs I thought he did ok on, others I thought he had a problem going flat too much of the time.

Jun 03, 2005 10:10 AM ET
Reviewed by: lovinclay
He really hasn't shown a whole lot of potential. I don't want to appear rude, but I think his size could be affecting his performance. Other than that, he has a good voice and is a good person.

A Lovely, Soothing Voice
Jun 02, 2005 08:27 PM ET
Reviewed by: pbeard
Ruben charmed us all, but always sang the same kind of song. His breathing in the middle of a word, which happened very often, was annoying and distracted from the delivery. Unfortunately, when he exuded energy it caused more delivery problems. I loved his voice, and regret the shortcomings caused by the lack of energy.

Good Luck Ruben
Jun 02, 2005 01:28 PM ET
Reviewed by: YWT2004
While I enjoy the richness of Ruben's voice I did feel he lacked stage presence and proper breath control in his voice. I wish him well in the furture. He is a good man.

Jun 02, 2005 10:47 AM ET
Reviewed by: aiken4maroulis
No. Just, no. If Ruben "won" American Idol, then where the hell is he? So I say verily to thee, Ruben, NO NO NO NO.

May 30, 2005 07:37 PM ET
Reviewed by: JulieBr83
a good voice, not great. He's cool.

So What?
May 21, 2005 03:42 PM ET
Reviewed by: suzyr7777
As Simon would say, so what?

Great Voice, but More Wooden than Carrie
May 21, 2005 03:37 PM ET
Reviewed by: sleddog
Ruben has a great, smooth voice, but didn't stretch, didn't improve and had no stage presence skills. Too bad the judges didn't give critic him as they did others. Maybe he would have learned something about performing. Then his first CD didn't show off his voice and was not what I expected. Even a couple of my friends who were into the Velvet Teddy Bear thing, aren't interested in his career now. I hope his next CD will get some of his fans back.

Ruben Studdard is ok
May 21, 2005 07:42 AM ET
Reviewed by: TamyraYeah
Ruben Studdard is ok. I didn't thing he was that great but he won. But I didn't think Clay was that great either.

Voice of an Angel
May 20, 2005 02:20 PM ET
Reviewed by: cindyg
Ruben has a wonderful rich voice with limited range and control, and basically no stage presence. His voice is identifiable, but his style is strictly mimiced from others.

with a little help
May 19, 2005 11:31 PM ET
Reviewed by: shamus1
Ruben...pleasant voice and nice smile, nothing unique in his genre...should have an alright career

Likeable But Average
May 19, 2005 04:58 PM ET
Reviewed by: boomer1251
Everything about Ruben's voice quality is average. Everything about his stage presence is below average. Why did he win? He has a likeability factor that is off the map--even higher than 10. His interactions with Ryan Secrest alone probably won the competition for Ruben. He was adopted by American as their loveable Teddy Bear because of this likeability factor and that took him to a win even as Clay's vocals and look improved by leaps and bounds each week. Go figure?

May 18, 2005 03:10 PM ET
Reviewed by: Zelda7865
Great Vocalist. Not my style though. He needs to work on his appearance.

May 18, 2005 09:32 AM ET
Reviewed by: clover44
I will never understand how he won!

Dont see the appeal
May 17, 2005 12:11 PM ET
Reviewed by: ohconstantine
Average in every way

May 16, 2005 08:52 PM ET
Reviewed by: silverspeed
he's so lovable

May 16, 2005 06:26 PM ET
Reviewed by: elliebellie
He seems like a really nice guy and has a nice voice. But nice shouldn't be enough with so much at stake. I don't think he should have been in the final - top 5 maybe. But the wrong guy won that night. No doubt about it. Record sales tell the truth. Sorry Ruben fans.

May 16, 2005 01:24 PM ET
Reviewed by: deyabird
Good but shouldn't have beat Clay. Put him Third behind Kim Locke

Slow and steady
May 16, 2005 11:30 AM ET
Reviewed by: childywildy
Slow and steady won the race. Still not quite sure how Ruben won but his pleasant voice and personality kept him in the right place. Nothing exciting or new...just nice.

May 16, 2005 03:17 AM ET
Reviewed by: inguards
Can we say rigged

Good Singer
May 15, 2005 11:16 PM ET
Reviewed by: MarieLavaux
Poor stage presence.

He's sweet, but....
May 15, 2005 08:35 PM ET
Reviewed by: starshollowfan
I always thought he was nice, but just boring. Also thought there were other contestants in Season 2 (Clay, K. Lo, Josh, Trenyce) that were actually stronger vocally/performance wise. Felt the judges should have given him more advice, instead of patting him on the back for lackluster performances. It would have helped him in the long run--maybe he would have had more growth then.

May 15, 2005 07:43 PM ET
Reviewed by: MrsGenghis
Ruben didn't change much from week to week. His performance at the end was almost the same as it was at the beginning. He was good, but he didn't really improve, and he really just seemed to be copying Luther.

May 15, 2005 06:41 PM ET
Reviewed by: AKN4CLY
No Comment beyond I LOVE CLAY!!!

Ruben should not have won
May 15, 2005 06:31 PM ET
Reviewed by: tina37204
Not only was he not the greatest singer... he was also wrongfully given the title. No one from Clay's homestate was able to get through to vote yet Ruben's was. It sounds waay to fishy...Clay lost by less than 1% of the vote.. I am convinced the show is rigged, and Clay is the true winner. He's had better publicity, INCREDIBLE record sales, INCREDIBLE concert venue sales, INCREDIBLE merchandising sales, Clay was soo much better. The show is about who is the best performer, not the " biggest velvet teddy bear" Clay is my velvet teddy bear!

May 15, 2005 03:10 PM ET
Reviewed by: CarrieAACN
I loved Ruben's voice on AI2, but was very dissapointed in his first album. He ranks high up with Clay as having performed some of my all time favorite American Idol performances (Sweet Home Alabama, Can't get enough of your love....etc.).

I like Ruben I just don't think he should have been the winner!!
May 15, 2005 02:30 PM ET
Reviewed by: ccwolfe
Ruben has a very soulful voice and I think on the show he did great but in only that style of singing!!!

Go figure
May 15, 2005 01:42 PM ET
Reviewed by: Spikeabella
Throughout the AI season, I never understood how this singer stayed in the competition for so long. He was often pitchy, and his final performances were no better than his first ones. He didn't grow, either as a singer or as a performer, and although his voice is pleasant enough, there was just nothing special about either the tonality or the range. His performances were lackluster and predictable, and he suffered for not having the benefit of useful criticism from the judges.

Should Not Have Won
May 15, 2005 08:59 AM ET
Reviewed by: neomystyk29
Clay should have won simply because Clay can perform and has the range and power that ruben lacks.

Just don't understand.
May 15, 2005 08:22 AM ET
Reviewed by: daks
He did average in my opinion on a number of performances of AI, but he was never criticized by the judges--it was always "we love you," or something to that effect. Maybe with more constructive criticism he would have put forth more effort and energy in the final weeks. I really felt he just kind of "got by" several times. He never moved much. He does sing well, but, I don't understand how he beat Clay, Kim, and Josh. Now, I have to remember that this is just a show, and the truth comes out in the cd sales and the concerts they do.

Ruben but not really exciting
May 15, 2005 04:54 AM ET
Reviewed by: AIFan
Ruben has a good voice, but is not exciting in most cases to me. He has pretty good range and control, but there are times he goes flat or can't hit the range. He did average in my opinion on a number of performances of AI, but he was never criticized by the judges--it was always "we love you," or something to that effect. Maybe with more constructive criticism he would have put forth more effort and energy in the final weeks. I really felt he just kind of "got by" several times. He doesn't always show the right feelings---smiling when he shouldn't have or vice versa on several songs. He is pleasant, smooth, and rich---but should have never won over Clay and Kim L.

Ruben - a really nice guy
May 14, 2005 03:35 PM ET
Reviewed by: curlypow
ruben is a nice guy with a good voice. He has limited range though and needs to take better care of humself to make it in the hard world of music.When he's rested and healthy his voice is silky and smooth.

May 11, 2005 10:28 PM ET
Reviewed by: mikers
there are no words.

Apr 29, 2005 06:30 PM ET
Reviewed by: BoFan89
How did he win idol?

Apr 29, 2005 10:09 AM ET
Reviewed by: first81

Don't know how he beat Clay
Apr 26, 2005 10:36 AM ET
Reviewed by: JimmyTruth
He basically copies Luther Vandross. And he's a good copy of Luther. Good control and delivery. I just think that Clay brought more dimensions to the table. But seriously folks, do we need another Luther Vandross in this world? Clay Aiken on the other hand is extremely original in his presentation of a song.

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