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Byline: Tanya Barrientos
PHILADELPHIA _ Big man Ruben Studdard of Birmingham, Ala., was crowned the new American Idol on Wednesday night, proving size doesn't matter.
"I feel great, man," a stunned Studdard, 24, said immediately after the announcement of the audience's close phone vote on the live Fox network show.
The "American Idol" sing-off pitted Studdard's smooth and silky rhythm-and-blues style against Clay Aiken's gut-busting Broadway sound.
Wednesday night's almost-interminable two-hour finale stretched the suspense until the last 10 minutes of the show, filling the time with production numbers featuring '60s and '70s tunes sung …