April 15th, 2009
09:33 PM ET

Top 7: Jennifer Hudson returns to 'American Idol'

I love Jennifer Hudson, I really do.

Jennifer Hudson

I am so proud of her success, especially given that she was eliminated so early in her competition.

It must feel great to come back having had so much success. She's certainly shown that talent will win out in the end.

She looks absolutely gorgeous performing her new single, "If This Isn't Love," and she makes Ryan look teeny-tiny, as always.

Much love for snagging an Oscar, a Grammy and returning to "Idol" to show how well you have done for yourself. Work it out J-Hud!!!

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  1. paul

    i love jenn!!

    August 17, 2009 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. The best critic

    Overrated! Her voice and acting both. I am proud of her though.

    April 22, 2009 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. Lisa

    she doesn't owe you idiots on here anything or the idiots at american idol.. who voted for freakin taylor hicks lol.. Like where is he now..

    April 21, 2009 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. AnoopFan

    She has achieved what most of us wannabe's can only dream of. Still after reading over the comments, her attitude should have been slightly more humble. But the girl can blow and rejection hurts. Maybe we should remember that as we are so negatively critsizing her for what she should have done. As a woman with no vocal ability whatsoever, it was good to see her in the spotlight, where she belongs. When you've walked in her shoes, then you can say what she should have/should not have done.

    April 16, 2009 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ro

    I can say she is the only one to make it further than American Idol could ever get her. Oscar and Academy awards and to star in Dream Girls, and co star in Sex in the City. I have not seen no other AI contestant make it farther than her.

    You go JH!!!

    April 16, 2009 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  6. Kelli

    Not real impressed with her, sorry, I must not have any musical taste. I think she's very good but nothing extra special.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  7. griggs

    Jennifer seemed nervous and the performance was not her best. I imagine she must have been an emotional wreck on the inside. The last time she was on the set of American Idol, her family was alive – I will chalk it up to that. As far as her talent, she's proven herself on stage, on film and I know she will continue to have success.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  8. Vic

    Liberty April 16th, 2009 9:20 am ET

    Jennifer had to endure a loss like knowone should every have to.

    However, her voice was pitchy and sharp, and what a DIVA she has become.

    She should be grateful for Idol giving her the exposure, she would not have broken thru on her own. Both Carrie Underwood and Kelly Pickler understand that. Jennifer, still has a resentment, because people dared to vote her off.

    I hope she can get past her demons as I would like to see her growup.

    I believe the multiple awards she has won(34) is all she needs to know that she has arrived. We tend to equate success to being a diva which is not the case with her. She was a casualty of lame listeners and voters while on the show. She has more talent in her lil finger then all the people that went farther in her respective time on Idol combined.

    She has said time and time again that she is grateful to Idol. She understands there would've been no success without it. I remember her garnishing the most praise on the episode she was voted off(SImon included). She realizes it wasn't the producers that voted her off, and that it was the same Idiots that voted Taylor Hicks America's Idol.

    She has nothing to prove to you, me or anyone else she has arrived!!!

    April 16, 2009 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  9. desiree

    i luv her new hit it wuz so gud she sung
    it really gud last nite im a big fan of hers luv all her songs

    April 16, 2009 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  10. Greg

    I thought she did a GREAT job, but her performance did make me a little uncomfortable. Was it just me, or did it seem as though something DEEPER was happening? She didn't get any special lighting, special effects, or ANYTHING! Something wasn't right about that....

    April 16, 2009 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  11. Kat

    First of all, my heart goes out to Jennifer Hudson due to the loss of her family members. How tragic and sad. As for Jennifer Hudson as an artist, when I close my eyes, I like her. When I open them, I see this pre-mature Diva. She is not there yet. She speaks so un-educated. The stylist needs to step back for a moment and let a speach therapist step in. Geez girl...your a national television.

    April 16, 2009 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  12. Steve from Canada

    There was something off with the audio. Jennifer didn't sound good for the first half of the song and she kept fiddling with her ear monitor which distracted from her performance. She may be a Grammy winner but will she last?

    April 16, 2009 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  13. Liberty

    Jennifer had to endure a loss like knowone should every have to.

    However, her voice was pitchy and sharp, and what a DIVA she has become.

    She should be grateful for Idol giving her the exposure, she would not have broken thru on her own. Both Carrie Underwood and Kelly Pickler understand that. Jennifer, still has a resentment, because people dared to vote her off.

    I hope she can get past her demons as I would like to see her growup.

    April 16, 2009 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  14. Lady

    I'm still trying to understand what people mean by "Jennifer gets the last laugh"? American Idol gave her the opportunity to get where she is. Yes, she was kicked off early but that was by people who voted/didn't vote. The judges didn't kick her off. AND not winning Idol gave her the chance to do what she wanted.

    April 16, 2009 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  15. lipsle

    Jennifer just showed American Idol why she deserved to have an Oscar and Grammy people quit hateing on a sistha.. See you in Virginia JH..

    April 16, 2009 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  16. Karen

    Sorry, but I don't see the big deal about Hudson's singing. Granted, she's had a hard time and I feel for her, but I miss what everyone else is seeing, I guess. For that matter, Miley can't sing either. i didn't watch Idol the season Hudson was competing, but maybe the voters and the judges felt the same way I do?

    April 16, 2009 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  17. Pete

    I could not wait for the song to end. It was all over the place.

    April 16, 2009 at 6:27 am | Report abuse |
  18. sofia soco.

    I was completely dismayed and disappointed to see the judges sit through the standing ovation the crowd gave Jennifer; not one stood up. She came back to that stage w an Oscar, a GRAMMY, and the tragedy she endured just 6 months ago, and the judges couldn't stand up for Miss Hudson!! What's up with that? I think she noticed, and I think it hurt. Why diss her this way?

    April 16, 2009 at 5:19 am | Report abuse |
  19. BrookTarHeel

    Nice to have the last laugh, isn't it Jen. Congratulations on your triumphant return to the AI stage. You're the reason they implemented this season's judges' save. Too bad it wasn't in place when you were competing. But it's all good. To God be the Glory!

    April 16, 2009 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  20. Voig Nederlander

    J-Hud? Really? Can we declare the era of this kind of appellation officially over? Please?

    I need to watch this, because what I've seen of Jennifer Hudson has left me thinking she has an ego almost as large as she is. Hopefully she's changed, but I doubt two major awards have made her more humble.

    April 16, 2009 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  21. Kate

    Jennifer was fantastic. But seriously, CNN - couldn't you post a better picture?!

    April 16, 2009 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
  22. kevinr

    How quickly folks forget what a whining cry baby she was when she was on Idol.

    April 16, 2009 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  23. Mykltoo

    She is awesome and she has proven that persistence COUNTS!

    April 15, 2009 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Slainte

    Now that's a singer ... please stick to acting Miley!!!

    April 15, 2009 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Ginger

    Why do they bring back idol knock offs.
    Jennifer Hudson attitude is lousy and her singing is worse!

    April 15, 2009 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  26. rob

    Jennifer was hot....her voice is amazing...You Go Girl!!!!

    April 15, 2009 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Sam

    Jennifer was good for the most part. But she seemed nervous, which made it uncomfortable to watch her and seemed to be having trouble with her ear piece.

    April 15, 2009 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Sandra Rowe-Jackson

    I am real proud of Jennifer and her personal accomlishments. She is a vocal force to be reckon to. Classy lady , strong and humble. She will be around for a long time. Much success and God's blessing on her life..

    April 15, 2009 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Dave

    Sheri must not have been watching the right show. Miley was amazing but Jennifer Hudson showed why she was kicked off in the first place....she cant sing live

    April 15, 2009 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Sheri

    Jennifer was great! Miley, on the other hand, not so much.

    April 15, 2009 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Judette

    We are all very proud of you Jennifer.

    April 15, 2009 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  32. lynn West Bloomfield, Michigan

    She is a talented and beautiful woman.

    April 15, 2009 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  33. marc

    Jennifer has an amazing voice, Love her! Now as for that Myley Cyrus, Can't sing and don't know why she was invited on A. I. ???

    April 15, 2009 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  34. kk

    just goes to show you don't have to win American Idol to be a success!!!!!

    April 15, 2009 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Mel

    Jennifer is well on her way to a long career. Much continued success to her!

    April 15, 2009 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Maria

    Go Jennifer Hudson!

    April 15, 2009 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |

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