WINNER: Ruben Studdard
Season 2 ran from January – May, which established Idol's broadcast slot. Brian Dunkleman did not return, and Ryan Seacrest became the only host. Cameras went to the Idol mansion and showed life inside. Season 2 had a crop of talented contestants, but it was “Velvet Teddy Bear” Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken and his “Claymates” that everyone was buzzing about. On May 21, 2003, Ruben Studdard became the second AMERICAN IDOL®.