American Idol's Jennifer Hudson Claims Success a Product of Abuse
After snagging an Golden Globe, a SAG Nomination, and finaly an Oscar nomination for her role in Dream Girls, American Idol's Jennifer Hudson is arguably one of the most successful losers to come from American Idol. But according to the new issue of Essence, leaked at National Ledger, Hudson claims American Idol producers were abusive to contestants. For more, read on...
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There is a lot said, and if you trace back to the source article you'll get the finite details, but essentially what American Idol semi-finalist Hudson had to say about the show is that they fill your mind full of hopes, they tell you how to act, tell you what kind of character to be, and make you wear funny clothes. "On American Idol, you go through this mental thing; you've got to get yourself back together. You've been abused, misled and brainwashed to believe whatever they want you to think, You become a character - I became the girl in the turkey wrapping." Apparently, she was referring to a get up American Idol producers forced her to wear which must have looked a bit like Seran wrap, maybe? The gall of these people, really. To imagine the American Idol producers would treat their poor contestants like characters on an entertainment extravaganza. It's simply unthinkable. And worse yet, dress them! I'm disgusted. So perhaps I'm way off on this, but the whole situation recalls the Kelly Clarkson debacle of last year when she publically threw a hissy fit over the possibility of her post American Idol contract songs being used by competitors. Initially, it seemed Clarkson was more than slightly ungrateful until she quickly righted herself and agreed to allow American Idol access to her song cataloge. Simon Cowell himself quickly publicly critized Clarkson for her lack of respect and basic loyalty to the show that launched her career. Now Hudson is not the first to claim that the producers of American Idol are a bit difficult to work with behind the scenes, but could it be that she is being more than just a bit histrionic over all of this? She did, after all, spend a good six months on the road in the post idol tour for season three. Landing seventh place on American Idol, matched with the tour, amounts to a lot of exposure and experience for a would-be starlet. Personally, I've got to say that if abuse at the hands of American Idol producers typically launches careers like Chris Daughtry, Kelly Clarkson, Bo Bice, Carrie Underwood, and now Jennifer Hudson have enjoyed, bring it on.

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