I've been spoiled by the really great, outstanding voices of serious contestants from the past on American Idol. And that is just what I still expect to get. I really hate to get less- and there's so much of that anymore. So, that is why I posted this performance from the past of Jennifer's.
So much this. JHud represented the golden age of IDOL power belters. Sadly, her caliber of vocalist has gone the way of the Dodo bird on this show as their have been few (if any) truly great singers that followed her on AI. I knew the night she was eliminated that IDOL was not about promoting great singing voices.
Here is Jennifer's sensational performance of "I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" at the Academy Awards.
As much as I love Jennifer HUDSON's rendition of AIATY, I respectfully defer to Jennifer Holliday's original version as the gold standard for this song. All others (JHUD included) have paled in comparison.
That said, I loved JHUD's guest starring role on SMASH. I hope she will continue to have a recurring presence on the show. I also loved Sheryl Lee Ralph as her "Momager."