Jennifer Kate Hudson (born September 12th, 1981) was a contestant on Season 3 of American Idol.

Audition[edit | edit source]

Jennifer auditioned in Atlanta. She sang "Share Your Love with Me" by Aretha Franklin. All three judges voted "yes", sending her to the next round.

Hollywood Round[edit | edit source]

Jennifer's time in Hollywood was not fully televised, but she was shown on the final day of Hollywood Week and although she was not shown singing, Simon was shown comparing her dress to aluminum foil. Despite this, she did enough to advance to the Top 32.

Top 32[edit | edit source]

Jennifer was shown in Group 1. She sang "Imagine" by John Lennon. Although she did not initially receive enough votes to make the Top 2 for her group, she was selected to compete in the Wild-Card round.

Wild-Card[edit | edit source]

Jennifer sang "I Believe in You and Me" by Four Tops. She was selected by Randy Jackson to compete as a Top 12 finalist.

Top 12[edit | edit source]

Jennifer sang "Baby I Love You" by Aretha Franklin. She was placed in the Bottom 2 for that week.

Top 11[edit | edit source]

Jennifer sang "No One Else on Earth" by Wynonna Judd. She received enough votes to be considered "safe" for that week.

Top 10[edit | edit source]

Jennifer sang "(Love is Like a) Heat Wave" by Martha and the Vandellas. She was placed in the Bottom 2 for that week.

Top 9[edit | edit source]

Jennifer sang "Circle of Life" by Elton John. She received enough votes to be considered "safe" for that week.

Top 8[edit | edit source]

Jennifer sang "I Have Nothing" by Whitney Houston from the film The Bodyguard. She received enough votes to be considered "safe" for that week.

Top 7[edit | edit source]

Jennifer sang "Weekend in New England" by Barry Manilow. She received the lowest number of votes for that week, eliminating her from the competition.

After the Show[edit | edit source]

Jennifer achieved a great deal of success. Her feature film debut Dreamgirls earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, making her the only American Idol alum to have an Oscar. Her 2008 debut album, Jennifer Hudson debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 and was certified gold by the RIAA, selling over one million copies worldwide. It also earned her four Grammy nominations, winning one for Best R&B Album. Her second album I Remember Me also debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 and was certified gold by the RIAA again. Her third album JHUD peaked in the top ten and featured the Grammy-nominated track "It's Your World". She also the primary singer of The Color Purple musical album, which earned a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album.

In 2018, Clive Davis announced that Aretha Franklin handpicked Jennifer to portray her in a Aretha Franklin biopic.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Jennifer's elimination was considered one of the most shocking eliminations the show's ever had. All three members of the Bottom 3 the week she was eliminated (Fantasia, Jennifer and LaToya) all had highly praised performances and were generally referred to as the three best singers in the competition. This elimination sparked much controversy. Elton John had called the voting verdict 'incredibly racist'.
Season 3
Finalists
Fantasia Barrino  · Diana DeGarmo  · Jasmine Trias  · LaToya London  · George Huff  · John Stevens  · Jennifer Hudson  · Jon Peter Lewis  · Camile Velasco  · Amy Adams  · Matthew Rogers  · Leah LaBelle
Semifinalists
Elizabeth LeTendre  · Matthew Metzger  · Suzy Vulaca  · Katie Webber  · Heather Piccinini  · John Preator  · Tiara Purifoy  · Lisa Wilson  · Charly Lowry  · Jonah Moananu  · Eric Yoder  · Lisa Leuschner  · Marisa Joy  · Kara Master  · Briana Ramirez-Rial  · Jesus Roman  · Noel Roman  · Marque Lynche  · Ashley Thomas  · Erskine Walcott
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