Ruben Studdard and Jillian Michaels spar over 'Biggest Loser' back hair - Watch


"American Idol" Season 2 winner Ruben Studdard is back on reality competition television with NBC's "The Biggest Loser" Season 15. On the premiere episode, trainer Jillian Michaels had a total fit over the inch-and-a-half long hair on Studdard's back and shoulders.

The so-called "Velvet Teddybear" sunk his way into a post-workout ice bath, which he called "Jesus in a steel container," and Jillian had some major complaints about Ruben's shirtless appearance. 

"We're gonna need to wax that back of yours, I'm telling you right now," Jillian tells Ruben. He replies, "Let me tell you something, baby. That's the real man in me."

Jillian calls it "totally unacceptable" and, putting a towel over his shoulders tells Ruben, "This has got to go." 

Of course Ruben is having none of that and calls Jillian "a hater," saying, "I think everything about Ruben Studdard is sexy." He goes on to tell her that men today are being "womanized" and he's "bringing the real men back" -- like Teddy Pendergrass and  Marvin Gaye.

Jillian previously said before Ruben showed up at "The Biggest Loser" ranch, she didn't know he was famous.