When it comes to the new judges on American Idol, Jennifer Hudson isn’t singing praises.
“It’s taken a bit to get used to the new judges. I come from American Idol, so I’m used to seeing Simon, Paula and Randy,” she explained about the latest season during a visit on Live with Kelly & Michael on Friday morning. ”So now it’s new faces, and to me, [Cowell, Abdul and Jackson] represented the show. It’s kind of awkward for me to see it with new judges.”
If she were still on the show, how exactly would Hudson respond to their critiques?
“Well, I’m happy that [Mariah Carey]‘s there because she’s a singer, so she knows what to expect, how to judge, even the position that the kids are in when they’re auditioning,” she said.
Despite her opinion on the changes, the season 3 contestant still holds the show in high regard.
“American Idol changed the face of television,” she told Celebuzz’s The Daily Buzz host Hyla. “So, not everyone can say that. And, it’s always been a phenomenon. I’m proud to have come from American Idol, so I just say, go out on top.”
When it came to her recent performance at the Super Bowl, Hudson got emotional about collaborating with the students from Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.
“We were supposed to rehearse the song and I couldn’t get through the song,” she revealed. “I’m supposed to be here singing with the kids and I can’t even get through the song. They’re looking up at me and to think they were put in that position.”
In addition to the Super Bowl, the 31-year-old also showed off her vocal prowess at another national stage: President Barack Obama‘s inauguration in January, an experience that forever changed her life.
Hudson performed at Obama’s 2009 ceremony, and this time around was personally emailed by the POTUS and his wife about performing during their first dance during the inaugural ball.
“I was like, ‘I get to do the inauguration and I get to do the first dance!’” she joked. “I’m gonna frame that and put it in my house somewhere.”
It’s been quite the year for Hudson, who is currently starring in NBC’s Smash as Veronica “Ronnie” Moore, a Tony Award-winning Broadway star. Speaking of stars, the Oscar winner will also be the latest recipient on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
“It’s so exciting, when I heard about that, I was like, “Wait, I get a star? I haven’t done enough yet!” she gushed. “It’s such an amazing honor. I’m still in awe.”
But at the end of her busy days, Hudson relishes in spending quality time with her 3-year-old son David, who’s become known for giving his mom a few fashion tips.
“He brings me shoes. If I have on something he [doesn't] like, “Mommy, what is that? I don’t like that. Take that off,” she said.
Given his headstrong personality, Hudson — who’s been engaged to fiance David Otunga since 2008 — revealed her little boy even gave himself a new moniker: “Boss Baby.”
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