LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken, the top two performers from the second season of FOX's "American Idol," appear to be working too hard. Just days after Aiken had to delay the start of his Joyful Noise holiday tour due a variety of health problems, Studdard check into a Birmingham, Ala. hospital with exhaustion.
Some media reports are claiming that the show's second winner has pneumonia, though the AP is stating that Studdard was feeling ill on Monday (Nov. 22), but that pending further test results, the cause of the hospitalization was exhaustion.
Studdard's gospel-themed "I Need an Angel" hit record stores on Tuesday and Studdard was scheduled to perform at a concert before the Thanksgiving Day football game between Alabama State and Tuskegee, but that appearance has been cancelled.
The plus-sized crooner, whose weight reportedly ballooned to an estimated 450 pounds in the year after his "Idol" win, was doing a low-carb, low-cal diet earlier in the month. Studdard allowed "Extra" to follow him on the diet, though there were rumors that the singer ditched the eating routine. In recent interviews, Studdard discussed his eagerness to spend Thanksgiving eating home cooked meals.
"Soulful," Studdard's first solo album, debuted at No. 1 last December.
Aiken, runner-up to Studdard in 2003, had to eliminate tour dates in Pasadena, El Cajon, Calif. and Phoenix due to damaged vocal chords brought on by ear and sinus infections. Aiken's activities include promoting his autobiography, plugging for his new Christmas album and several Christmas specials, including one for NBC.