pepper, I don't know where you based your fact on but I see inconsistantly through out your whole post.
First of all, how do you know that Ruben only sold 550,000 copies ? Yes, he only received GOLD so far but how do you know that he is not selling 900,000 to date ?
Second, I am not concern at all that he is not doing any radio interview right now... I mean he is as busy as it is. He has to do first of all do concerts, finish his albums, cover for Rolling stone and etc.. I would expect him to promote his CD once it comes out. Now, it is still early. Personally, I am more interesting in his music than his personal life.. As long as he puts out great CDs, I will continue suppose Ruben. I mean I care about his personal life but not even close to the level of MOST Clay's fans with Clay Aiken... I think there is a term for that... obession.
Third, trust me, Ruben and Davis are aware of Ruben's weight problem. You don't need diet to stay healthy. Just make sure you eat right and exercise right. And he is doing plenty of both.
As far his song's selection, I remembered back in the days of AI2, most Clay's fans complainted that Ruben was one dimensional. He could only sing slow R&B. I am happy now that he now added variety to his songs.
As for Clay, I wouldn't comment on that. I will leave that to Clay's fans.