Simon Cowell talks about American Idol’s elimination of Jennifer Hudson


Simon Cowell say goodbye to Barry Manilow.

Appearing at the premiere of Jennifer Hudsonthe eponymous talk show on September 12 as the very first guest, the former american idol judge wasted no time in rushing to eliminate the singing competition host in 2004. Hudson was eliminated from the competition’s third season after performing Barry Manilow’s 1976 hit “Weekend in New England”. She eventually placed seventh.

“Who picked Barry Manilow’s Stupid Week?” Cowell joked. “It was not me.”

“I remember thinking, ‘That wasn’t a good song,’ he continued. “It wasn’t your fault and then, of course, what happened happened.”

However, while the song cost Hudson the American Idol a higher spot in the competition, she has no regrets. When the musical director “flipped the script,” as Hudson joked, and asked the Respect star if she had changed her song choice. Hudson said she wouldn’t, noting the choice ultimately landed her the Oscar-winning role of Effie White in the 2006 film. dream girls.

“No, but it’s other songs before that that I would have changed because that song led me to dream girlsHoney,” Hudson replied. “Barry Manilow structured that song like it was ‘And I Am Telling You,’ and a lot of people thought that was what I was singing.”


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