A nationwide audience was stunned when Jennifer Hudson was voted off of ‘American Idol.’ Hudson dropped by The Early Show to talk about her exit, and whether she’s mad at the outcome. Watch the interview via CBSNews.com below the cut.
Fil-Am ‘Idol’ Garners Buzz In Manila
April 24, 2004 – ‘American Idol’ contestant Jasmine Trias is getting Pinoy support from fans in the Phillipines as she continues through the show’s finals. “Jasmine is thankful to all her supporters,” Rudy Trias Jr., Jasmine’s father, told Inquirer in a phone interview. “Jasmine has adjusted well to all the pressures coming her way. She’s doing fine. Her mother (Nora) and I are proud of her. We just keep advising her to just do her own thing.”
Jennifer Hudson Comments On ‘Idol’ Ouster
April 24, 2004 – Zap2it spoke with Jennifer Hudson after her shocking elimination from ‘American Idol’ on Wednesday, and the singer was still upset about how she got voted off. “I don’t think it was based on talent,” she declared. “If we’re gonna base it on talent, I know I was robbed. I don’t think … I don’t know exactly what it was based on, but I don’t think it was talent at all.” The full story at zap2it.com has since been removed.
Randy And Paula Tell ‘Idol’ Voters To Wise Up
April 23, 2004 – ‘Extra’ spoke with ‘American Idol’ judges Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson about the significance of Jennifer Hudson’s departure from the competition on Wednesday, and both agreed that America needs to wise up. “Get it right, just keep on voting for the great singers,” Randy said. “It’s about finding the greatest, talented singer out there.” Paula added, “It’s time for somebody great to win.”
Star Jones Shocked By Jennifer Hudson’s ‘Idol’ Elimination
April 22, 2004 – ‘The View’ co-host Star Jones, one of ‘American Idol’s’ most public supporters, told The New York Post she was shocked by the elimination of Jennifer Hudson from Wednesday’s show. “I could not believe what the vote actually was,” Jones said. “The young girl [Jennifer] who got dumped off was absolutely the best of the night. Clearly it’s based on popularity. Little girls vote for cute boys they wanna date… they’re voting on popularity, and I get that – but it doesn’t make it any easier to swallow.”
Diva Behavior Backstage On ‘American Idol’
April 22, 2004 – Paula Abdul filled ‘Entertainment Tonight’ in on all the diva details taking place backstage at ‘American Idol’. “In the beginning, everyone starts crying when someone is let go,” Paula explained. “But at this stage, it is each to their own. Backstage, everyone scatters to the corners, and people are making their eyes roll when we make good comments about others. It is getting tense. It wouldn’t be diva if they said, ‘You’re great, you’re great.'”
‘American Idol’ Voting Strikes Sour Note
April 22, 2004 – The Associated Press reports theories flew fast and furious Thursday after the ‘American Idol’ viewer vote went against favorite Jennifer Hudson, ranging from racism to fateful weather to teenage puppy love. Meanwhile, a storm that caused a power outage in the Midwest may have been a factor in Hudson’s ouster, TV entertainment ‘Extra’ said Thursday. More than 15,000 people in Hudson’s hometown of Chicago were unable to watch the show or dial in Tuesday night, when the vote turned out to be the closest in the show’s three-year history, ‘Extra’ said.