Ruuuu-bennn is the Winner Ruben Studdard is the "American Idol" but there were two winners today. The Velvet Teddy Bear, as he was dubbed by guest judge Gladys Knight beat out 24-year-old Clay Aiken for the crown and a recording contract with RCA. But both already have albums in the works. Clay Aiken was just as impressive as Ruben. American Idol was one of the most religiosuly watched programs by both of us.