Rumour on the street is that Jennifer Hudson may be heading to American Idol next season to replace either Nicki Minaj or Mariah Carey. Which one doesn’t matter since both of them are probably getting the boot, but whatever. If you remember, Jennifer came in 8th place or something a few seasons back and has gone on to star in and get an Oscar for Dreamgirls and lose a lot of weight. She also had a few good tracks – ‘Spotlight’ was my shit back in the day, to be honest – but generally, that’s about all she’s notable for in my mind.
Well, that was fast: Barely a day after Vulture broke the news that Fox was mulling an all-alumni panel of judges for American Idol, with Jennifer Hudson among the names being discussed, there may already be some movement on that front. There’s buzz around Hollywood that Hudson and Fox may have already started talks about her joining the show; one source tells us the deal is essentially “done.” As always, Fox won’t comment. And buzz even from people familiar with the situation does not always lead to deals, as we noted yesterday. But the idea of Idol alumni as judges may not be a dream after all.
If we’re going for an all-alumni panel, why not bring back Carrie Underwood (if she would even lower herself down onto this sinking ship at this point, that is)? The best they’ll probably get is like, Ace Young or Alison Iraheta. Yes, I’m a sicko and I know these people’s names. WHATEVER.
Anyway, producers better make sure JHud’s cup is filled with DIET Coke. Don’t make homegirl lose her Weight Watchers endorsement deal, now.
May 24, 2013 at 7:30 am by Jennifer
Good for Jennifer Hudson, you know? She was unhappy with her weight (more like others were unhappy with her weight and she was in Hollywood and wanted to get roles that weren’t for token “big girls”, but whatever) and decided to slim down and get healthy. The big money deal from Weight Watchers certainly didn’t hurt, either, and before we knew it, a new, 80lb lighter JHud emerged.
All that’s fine and well – ladies of all shapes and sizes are great and our differences are what make us unique. The problem is that she just won’t shut the fuck up about it: how hard it is NOT to lose weight now that she’s skinny, how much more she loves wearing heels, how much of an inspiration she is to fatties, how disappointed she is in those who don’t follow in her footsteps, yada yada… Seriously, stuff a sock in it, lady.
From The Huffington Post:
What’s the hardest part of keeping the weight off?
What gets hard is when I get underweight, or under my goal weight, and then I have to eat, eat, eat. But you don’t want to lose control because you stopped checking points to maintain your weight. So it actually gets harder when you have to let your guard down. And that’s part of keeping the weight off — okay, how can I get back to my target weight, and let go, and not fall off the plan? The key is not to fall off the plan, to trust the plan and continue to do it. It’s tricky.
What’s your biggest indulgence now?
I love chocolate chip cookies. And right now, I’m a huge fan of the Snickers ice cream bars, because it’s only five points. And then I can have chocolate, ice cream and nuts, but it’s almost not cheating until I go over.
What’s the most unexpected way your life has changed since losing 80 pounds?
Becoming a role model. When people say, “I want to get my J. Hud on” or they want to go to the gym, and I’m the role model for what they want to look like. It’s like, really? How did that happen, to go from not being that person to being that person? And also, to be magnified, versus before nobody was checking to see every single detail, and now it’s like every single detail, which adds a whole lot more pressure than before. So, it’s huge placement to step into.
What’s one thing you couldn’t wear before that you wear now?
You know what? Heels. I was just having a conversation about it. Normally, I would take my shoes off on the red carpet because my feet hurt so bad. And it was the weight. But now that’s all I’m wearing. It used to be flats, now it’s all heels. So, that’s a drastic change.
Jennifer Hudson comes off as mad unlikeable, I gotta be honest. Again, let me be clear – there isn’t anything wrong with being proud of yourself for overcoming an obstacle, getting to your definition of healthy (because there’s health at all sizes, duh), etc. The problem is when you just drone on and on about it like it’s the only thing that defines you. In fact, I can’t remember anything she’s done since starring in Dreamgirls besides this weight loss shit.
Also, it’s fine and well that it was relatively easy for you to lose weight, but that’s not everyone’s experience. If being skinny was easy, no one would choose to be fat. Maybe it was difficult for Jennifer and she’s underplaying it in hindsight, because you know homegirl probably cried one night when she realised she couldn’t just sit and eat a double cheeseburger since she had her daily limit of points. All I’m saying here is, we should be promoting health here, not thinness. If Jennifer was spouting off at the mouth about how she got healthy – rather than she got skinny – I would find her far less annoying. Whatever, I’m going to go get some chocolate.
March 27, 2013 at 2:30 pm by Jennifer
Jennifer Hudson took a break from updating her thinspiration tumblr and trying to shrink her head down to match her body size this week to let the world what she thinks of the new panel of American Idol judges. My guess (because it’s my own opinion) is that she loves Mariah Carey, who’s a legend, thinks Nicki Minaj is clinically insane/really annoying and couldn’t give two shits about Keith Urban because all she knows is that he’s Nicole Kidman‘s husband and used to be an alcoholic.
Well, what do you say – am I right? Do I win the special prize?
Via The Daily Mail:
When it comes to the new judges on American Idol, the show’s most famous daughter, Jennifer Hudson, isn’t going overboard with praise.
‘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 an interview 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.’
They’re ‘awkward’: Jennifer Hudson isn’t keen on the new American Idol judging panel, save for Mariah Carey, she told Kelly and Michael on Friday. But she did have some kind words for diva of divas, Mariah Carey.
‘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.
But when asked about Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj – both successful artists, both singers – she could only respond with a vague, ‘Ummmm, yes.’
Listen, Idol has been dead in the water for at least the past three seasons and throwing the biggest stars in the world on that panel is not going to save it. Let it die, Fox. Mariah’s head is soon going to inflate too big to fit in the door, Nicki is going to go full-blown schizophrenic and Keith will be driven to return to drink. I don’t know what the hell Randy Jackson is going to do. Probably end up homeless on the corner, begging for “food, dawg“.
February 13, 2013 at 2:30 pm by Jennifer
So, sources at Hollywood Life claim that former Weight Watchers spokeswoman, Jennifer Hudson, thinks Jessica Simpson is nothing but an overweight, lazy schlub who has no motivation at all to get back to her former, pre-baby, pre-chili cookoff self. And isn’t that kind of like the kettle and the pot thing? Because come on. From HL:
Jennifer Hudson is not impressed with Jessica Simpson‘s 40-pound weight loss — the former American Idol star has lost 80 pounds, and thinks Jessica’s diet “has been a colossal joke,” according to a source … [the] source claims “Jennifer is frustrated with Jess and how she’s handled her weight-loss fiasco. She thinks Jess’ stab at dieting has been a colossal joke. Jen said that Jessica still looks fat despite an enormous $4 million incentive to lose weight.” Jennifer has reportedly been a great support system for Jessica, calling her multiple times a day and FedEx-ing her diet diary to Jess. “Jennifer thinks Jess has been lazy and not serious about getting fit. Jessica obviously didn’t put in the work,” the source said. Apparently, Jennifer is done trying to be nice and helpful to Jess. “She’s written Jessica off as a total mess. Jennifer is definitely having the last laugh.”
So, first of all, did Jessica ask Jennifer to be all FedEx-ing her food journal to Jessica? Because unless she did, Jennifer’s nothing but an overbearing pain in the ass who has nothing better to do than micromanage other people’s shit. And I hate that, seriously I do. Also, if Jess is “lazy and not serious about getting fit,” how is it any of Jennifer’s business anyway? How is it really anybody‘s business (besides Weight Watchers, who Jess has her weight loss contract with) whether or not Jess is loving exercise and laying off the Mickey D’s? It’s not. And it’s really a bunch of BS when you hear of all these people trying to “support” their fellow sisters and brothers when their “support” might not be asked for—or wanted—in the first place. Also, this isn’t the first time that Jennifer has gone and stuck her nose in shit that doesn’t pertain to her. Don’t we remember how she tried to ram Weight Watchers down Adele‘s throat earlier in the year when she said, “I used to be heavy like you“? What a bunch of intrusive silliness.
I mean, contract aside, would it be completely unfeasible for Jessica to, I don’t know, be happy with herself just the way that she is? Damn.
October 4, 2012 at 12:30 pm by Sarah
Remember back in February, about two seconds after Whitney Houston died, there was talk of a biopic starting up? Apparently the film was in talks before Whitney’s passing, and we only just heard about it then because … yeah, I’m not so sure I believe that this isn’t a creepy move to capitalize on someone’s death. But regardless of taste, this movie looks like it’s happening, so we’re going to talk about it, all right?
When the story first came out, we heard that Rihanna and Jennifer Hudson were being considered for the lead role. I thought that choice was kind of a no brainer, you know, since one of those ladies has an amazing voice, quite a bit like Whitney’s, actually, and the other makes auto-tuned pop music and uses sex appeal to sell her records. I thought that the idea of Rihanna being cast as Whitney Houston was kind of silly, and that surely within weeks Jennifer Hudson would get the part and then everyone involved in the film could officially commence with their creepy movie. I was wrong:
If the opportunity ever presented itself, Rihanna is hoping to make it known she would “love” the chance to play Whitney Houston in a biopic based on the singer’s life.
Opening up to The Press Association, Rihanna, 24, discussed her attachment to the legendary vocalist, who died tragically on February 11 at the age of 48.
“My first song that I remember falling love with was a Whitney Houston song: ‘I Will Always Love You,’” Rihanna shared. “It was really inspiring and it made me develop a passion for music, so really, she’s partly responsible for me being here in this industry.”
The “We Found Love” singer added she understands the type of commitment needed to undertake such a meaningful part.
“That would be something that I would have to give my entire life to do, because I would really want to pull it off,” Rihanna told reporters. “That’s a huge, huge role and whoever does it has to do a good job.”
Ok, let’s theorize, all right? Maybe Rihanna really can sing. Maybe Rihanna has the ability to belt out a really impressive “I Will Always Love You” and bring us all to tears. Maybe Rihanna does the sort of music she does because she likes it and she wants to have fun. That’s all well and good, but here’s the thing: no.
I just don’t understand why this whole Rihanna as Whitney Houston thing is being pushed at all, especially in a world where Jennifer Hudson exists. Jennifer has proven herself to be a phenomenal singer, an amazing actress, and really, I think she looks a bit like Whitney, more than Rihanna, anyway. Am I crazy for not understanding why she’s not the obvious choice here?
April 4, 2012 at 9:30 am by Emily
Thrift, thrift, film producers! The funeral baked meats did coldly furnish forth the ideas for your next bio-pic! (Or so the Daily Mail alleges.)
Whitney’s record label boss and close friend Clive Davis is at the helm of the project and he reportedly wants to get a script finalized as soon as possible so filming can begin.
Rihanna, 24, is in the running for the lead role as is Dreamgirls star Jennifer Hudson, 30.
Actress Vivica Fox, 47, and American Idol singer Jordin Sparks, 22, are also being considered for the movie and Will Smith’s 11-year-old daughter Willow is thought to be portraying the actress as a child.
Although movie executives are hoping Riri will sign up for the film, the “Talk That Talk” singer already turned down the chance to remake Houston’s The Bodyguard last year.
Ahem. Well, I can kind of see the resemblance: Rihanna, a talented pop star (with nothing like Houston’s range or acuity) can’t seem to tear herself away from somebody who is rapidly shaping up to be the next generation’s Bobby Brown. Who is basically another generation’s Ike Turner. Oh, my God, how many times do we need to make this movie? Ugh.
I ask again: Too soon? Or, alternatively, not soon enough? Because it was supposedly Houston’s own dream to see this movie made:
A source told People: “Whitney knew about the project and was excited to see where it would lead.
“It’s hoped the biopic will be as successful as Tina Turner movie What’s Love Got To Do With It, which landed two Oscar nominations for Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne who played Tina and Ike Turner.”
Uh, sure. All I’m saying is, this seems to me a pretty nasty business.