Jennifer Hudson

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Jennifer Hudson is an American singer and actress. She got her big break on the television reality series American Idol, as rose to fame in 2004 as a finalist on the third season of the series, placing seventh. she eventually landed the part of Effie in the 2006 film Dreamgirls, for which she received an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award, and a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award for Best Supporting Actress. She also appeared in Sex and the City (2008), The Secret Life of Bees (2008), and Black Nativity (2013). In 2015, she made her Broadway theatre debut in the role of Shug Avery in The Color Purple.


Hudson auditioned for the third season of American Idol in Atlanta commenting that she had been singing on Disney Cruise Lines (aboard the Disney Wonder) for the past few months (as one of the Muses from Hercules); and contestant judge Randy Jackson said, "We're expecting more than a cruise ship performance from you."[1] Hudson received the highest number of votes in the "Top 9" after her performance of Elton John's "Circle of Life" on April 6, 2004, but two weeks later was eliminated during the "Top 7" show after performing Barry Manilow's, "Weekend in New England." The bottom three consisting of three African-American women led to controversy.[2][3] In May 2009, MTV listed Hudson as the sixth greatest American Idol and noted her exit was the most shocking of all time.[4] In May 2010, the Los Angeles Times claimed Hudson to be the third greatest Idol contestant in the history of the show, placing behind season one winner Kelly Clarkson and season four winner Carrie Underwood.[5]

Following her elimination from American Idol and performance in Dreamgirls, Hudson was later signed to Arista Records by Clive Davis and released her self-titled debut studio album in 2008, which was certified gold in the United States, sold over a million copies worldwide, and received a Grammy Award for Best R&B Album. Her subsequent studio albums, I Remember Me (2011) and JHUD (2014), saw continued commercial success with the former also being certified gold in the United States. Hudson received her second Wikipedia:Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album in 2017 as a cast member on The Color Purple.


  1. Hudson, Jennifer (2012). I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down. Penguin. ISBN 9781101565780. 
  2. "'Idol' Jennifer Hudson Says She Was Robbed", MTV, April 23, 2004. Retrieved on September 24, 2017.
  3. Silverman, Stephen M.. "Jennifer Hudson Moves to 'Better Place'",, November 8, 2008. Retrieved on September 24, 2017.
  4. May 21, 2009, The 10 Greatest 'American Idol' Contestants Of All Time: Latest champ Kris Allen didn't make our list, but you might be surprised by who did. James Montgomery, MTV. [1]
  5. Shirley Halperin. "The ultimate 'American Idol' power ranking: 120 contestants on, Kelly Clarkson still reigns supreme", May 31, 2010. Retrieved on March 10, 2011.

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