When was Jennifer Hudson on American Idol?

SINGER found fame and success after showcasing her talent during the music competition.

Jennifer Hudson continued her singing career after appearing on American Idol.


Jennifer Hudson is on American IdolCredit: Photo by Ray Mickshaw/WireImage/Getty Images

When was Jennifer Hudson on American Idol?

Hudson was a contestant on the third season of the singing competition.

The season premiered on January 19, 2004 and ran until May 26 of the same year.

The Chicago native came in seventh after being eliminated on April 21.

Before her dismissal, the last song she performed was Barry Manilow’s Weekend in New England.

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Fantasia Barrino ended up winning the third season of the hit TV series.

What did Jennifer Hudson say about her elimination from American Idol?

Hudson spoke glamor for her elimination from the singing competition.

The report said: “Nearly two decades later, Jennifer Hudson – one of Glamor’s 2022 Women of the Year – has spoken out about the experience, telling Glamor that while she didn’t think she would win, she was surprised to be going home so soon , given the momentum he was building and consistently getting so many votes.

“Still, she knew her career wasn’t over.”

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Hudson said: “I was like, OK, 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 [Idol] experience.

“What can I take from this to promote?”

ace TODAY Former American Idol judge Simon Cowell also reportedly commented on Hudson’s dismissal when he appeared on The Jennifer Hudson Show on September 12, 2022.

He said: “I was thinking, ‘Who picked stupid Barry Manilow week?’ It was not me.

“I remember thinking, ‘That’s 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 could go back in time, would you change the song or would you have kept things the way they were?’

Fantasia Barrino, La Toya London and Jennifer Hudson with Ryan Seacrest at Hudson's American Idol Season 3 Night April 21, 2004


Fantasia Barrino, La Toya London and Jennifer Hudson with Ryan Seacrest at Hudson’s American Idol Season 3 Night April 21, 2004Credit: Photo by Ray Mickshaw/WireImage/Getty Images

Hudson replied, “No, but other songs before that I would have changed because that song led me to get ‘Dreamgirls,’ baby because Barry Manilow had structured that song like it was ‘And I Am Telling You’ and a lot of people thought that was what I was singing.’

He continued: “By the time I got kicked out, I felt like I had a chance to show who I was as an artist, so I was okay with being kicked out.

“And then when I was, I was like, ‘You know what, you leave with your talent, you leave with your gift. This competition may be over, but your passion isn’t, your love and drive aren’t.”

What has Jennifer Hudson been up to since American Idol?

The artist went on to have a highly successful career after her stint on American Idol.

Apart from becoming a producer, she has brought her talents to the field of acting and has received many awards.

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In 2007, she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film Dreamgirls.

In 2022, she received an EGOT after winning a Tony Award in connection with her production of the Broadway musical A Strange Loop.