THE SINGER found fame and success after showcasing her talent during the music competition.
Jennifer Hudson has continued her singing career after appearing on American Idol.
Photo by Ray Mickshaw/WireImage/Getty ImagesJennifer Hudson performing on American Idol[/caption]
When was Jennifer Hudson on American Idol?
Hudson was a contestant in season three of the singing competition.
The season premiered on January 19, 2004, and lasted until May 26 of that year.
The Chicago native came in seventh place after being eliminated on April 21.
Prior to her elimination, the last song she performed was Barry Manilow’s Weekend in New England.
Fantasia Barrino ended up winning season three of the hit TV series.
What has Jennifer Hudson said about her American Idol elimination?
Hudson spoke to Glamour about her elimination from the singing competition.
The outlet stated: “Nearly two decades later, Jennifer Hudson—one of Glamour’s 2022 Women of the Year—opened up about the experience, telling Glamour that while she didn’t think she was going to win, she was surprised to be going home so soon given the momentum she’d been building and consistently receiving so many votes.
“Still, she knew her career was far from over.”
Hudson said: “I was like, Okay, this is the end of the road here, but it doesn’t mean it’s the end because I still have my gift and what I learned from my [Idol] experience.
“What can I take from this to propel forward?”
As Today reported, former American Idol judge Simon Cowell also commented on Hudson’s elimination when he appeared on The Jennifer Hudson Show on September 12, 2022.
He said: “I was thinking, ‘Who chose stupid Barry Manilow week? Wasn’t me.
“I remember thinking, ‘This is not a great song.’ It wasn’t your fault and then, of course, what happened, happened.
“And then I was thinking to myself a few days ago, ‘If you were going to go back in time, would you have changed the song or would you have kept things as they were?’”
Photo by Ray Mickshaw/WireImage/Getty ImagesFantasia Barrino, La Toya London, and Jennifer Hudson with Ryan Seacrest on the night of Hudson’s American Idol season three elimination on April 21, 2004[/caption]
Hudson then said: “No, but it’s other songs before that that I would have changed because that song led me to get ‘Dreamgirls,’ honey because Barry Manilow structured that song as if it was ‘And I Am Telling You’ and a lot of people thought that’s what I was singing.”
She continued: “By the time I was eliminated, I felt I had gotten an opportunity to display who I was as an artist, so I was OK with being eliminated.
“And then once I was, I was like ‘You know what, you’re walking away with your talent, you’re walking away with your gift. This competition may be over, but your passion isn’t, your love and drive isn’t.’”
What has Jennifer Hudson done after her time on American Idol?
The artist has gone on to have a highly successful career following her time on American Idol.
In addition to becoming a producer, she has brought her talents to the acting industry and has received multiple awards.
In 2007, she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress based on her role in the film Dreamgirls.
In 2022, she received an EGOT after winning a Tony Award in relation to her production work for the Broadway musical, A Strange Loop.