Jennifer Hudson’s Super Bowl Comeback

American Idol’s most successful and inspirational underdog may not be ready to perform by January 20 for President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration, but a strong and brave Jennifer Hudson has committed to performing at the Super Bowl.

It will take more than adversity to keep the Chicago soul singer out of the game.

Despite coming up short to win her cycle of American Idol, the sublime Ms. Hudson, now 27, went on to secure a role in 2006’s critically acclaimed feature film Dreamgirls.  The Idol also-ran won the Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for her portrayal of Effie White.

For the past few months, Hudson has needed support of a different kind.

In October of 2008, her mother, 58-year-old Darnell Donerson, and brother, 29-year-old Jason Hudson, were found murdered in the Chicago house they shared.  The body of Jennifer’s nephew, seven-year-old James King, was discovered in a vehicle nearby.

In the wake of the tragedy, Hudson scrapped plans to film a video for “If This Isn’t Love,” the second single off of her self-titled debut album.  She was later rumored to have agreed to perform at the President-elect’s swearing-in party, but that speculation has been denied.

Hudson is slated to showcase her talents on February 6 at the 2009 MusiCares Person of the Year benefit in Los Angeles.

And now E! News is reporting that Jennifer will be in Tampa, Florida, on February 1 to help make the year’s biggest football game somewhat more tolerable for a nation of wives and girlfriends.

Maybe she’s looking at the Super Bowl as a warm-up for the rest of her life.