American Idol winner Ruben Studdard is facing tax liens from the Internal Revenue Service and the state of Alabama for failing to pay more than $193,000 in back taxes.

The singer, nicknamed the "Velvet Teddy Bear," owes $171,920 to the IRS and $21,731 to the Alabama Department of Revenue. The tax liens could endanger the opening of a nightclub named after him that is set to debut next summer in Birmingham.

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