June 06, 2003 11:27 AM

“American Idol” winner Ruben Studdard is going home — to Birmingham, Alabama — to shoot a video for his upcoming single, “Flying Without Wings,” reports the Associated Press.

In fact, this weekend will be Studdard’s first visit home since the big 25-year-old belter won the crown on the FOX show and snared a $1 million recording contract with J Records.

Roger Ubina, video producer with New York’s A Few Miles North production company, selected picked Linn Park for the video shoot, which is scheduled for Sunday, according to spokeswoman Debra Vance of the Birmingham City Council, which granted permission for the filming to take place.

Describing what fans can expect from the newly minted star, Ubina tells AP that Studdard is expected to perform his single near the park’s fountain, and Studdard’s fans are invited to be a part of the video.

The video’s theme is “Alabama welcoming Ruben home,” Ubina added.

Studdard’s single will be released next Tuesday, as will the first single from his “AI” rival, Clay Aiken, 24.

RCA will issue Aiken’s rendition of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and the original song “This Is the Night,” written by Aldo Nova, Gary Burr and Chris Braide.

Billboard also reports that Studdard and Aiken will promote their singles Tuesday on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in an episode also set to feature first-season runner-up Justin Guarini, whose self-titled RCA album will also be released that day.

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