Words By Adisa Banjoko
Before landing her career changing slot on “American Idol”, R&B star Jennifer Hudson had a 5-year recording contract with Righteous Records. It is said that Righteous Records put Jennifer through a rigorous year of charm school, physical fitness and live performance training before releasing her from her contract so that she could take part in the third season of “American Idol”, where she finished in seventh place.
Hudson credits her Grandmother as her inspiration in her 2007 Best Supporting Actress Oscar acceptance speech.“She was my biggest inspiration, she had the passion but never had the chance and that is what pushed me forward.”
In January 2012, Hudson released her autobiography I Got This, but many critics were shocked to find the much publicized murder of her brother; mother and nephew were not mentioned in the book. Hudson is now most famous for her weight watchers ad where she credits the program for losing more than 85lbs.
Watch Jennifer Hudson’s audition from the third season of “American Idol”!