Hey, Ruben Studdard: Even American Idols have to pay Uncle Sam

Rubben Apparently "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard doesn't feel like he needs to pay his taxes. And the IRS is not happy.

He owes more than $193,000 in state and federal taxes. Much of it was due for 2003 -- the year he won "Idol" and signed a $1-million contract. He was also awarded $2 million a couple of years ago after he sued his former business manager for misappropriated funds.

Now's a bad time for Studdard. His label J Records dropped him in December after two of his three albums failed to ignite sales.

Where'd he go and spend all of it? How's he supporting new wife Surata?

Maybe he can earn some money on the road when he joins the cast of the touring production of "Ain't Misbehavin."

Because even the "Velvet Teddy Bear" has to answer to the tax man.

-- Denise Martin

Photo: Associated Press