After a string of rumors following Jennifer Hudson
, American Idol
season three finalist, she finally fights back with dignity. Her failure to mention American Idol in her acceptance speech when she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress, whether deliberately or not, has sparked a lot of negative publicity for Hudson, specifically pertaining to her “ingratitude” for the show that allegedly escalated her to stardom, American Idol
. And when she finally mentioned American Idol
when she received her Oscar Award, she depicted the show as a “stepping stone” which further aggravated her negative publicity.
Apart from her “lack of appreciation” in American Idol
, Hudson is also starting to be display "diva" tendencies. An informant told the New York Post, Hudson nearly backed out on the 21st Anniversary Soul Train Music Awards where she was named recipient of the Sammy Davis Jr. Award for Entertainer of the Year.
Hudson, a-25 year old native of Chicago, first got exposed on television with her inclusion on the third season of American Idol
. Even though she was eliminated on the talent competition, she managed to reestablish her career in the limelight with her performance on the musical film Dreamgirls
where she played Effie Melody White. Her dramatic portrayal earned her numerous awards such as an Academy Award, an Oscar, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA and a SAG Award among others.
In an interview with Essence Magazine, Hudson expressed her sentiments on her American Idol
experience. "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," she said. "You become a character. I became the girl in the turkey wrapping. I just knew I had to sing my way out of it. I don't believe in looking back, and I didn't look back," said Hudson.
And with her firm belief of not looking back, she aired her side regarding the lingering American Idol issue. "If I'd been any better at my job when I was at Burger King in my middle teens, I wouldn't be here, either, so maybe I should thank them, too,” said Hudson.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist