Jennifer Hudson: 'American Idol' Should End, 'Go Out on Top' (EXCLUSIVE)

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Today, Jennifer Hudson is an Oscar-winning actress, a successful solo artist and a sought after product ambassador. But in 2004, she was just a young Chicago girl looking for her big break on the third season of FOX’s American Idol.

For the last few seasons, Idol’s viewership has steadily declined. And while it’s still the most viewed singing competition on TV, the actress believes the show is past its prime.

“Everything has its time,” she told Celebuzz's The Daily Buzz host Hyla at Hennessy VS’ event for her film, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete in Los Angeles. “I think it should just allow itself to go out on top… and gracefully.”

Hudson, 31, ultimately placed seventh on her season, but she still holds the show in high regard. “American Idol changed the face of television,” she told us.

“So, not everyone can say that. And, it’s always been a phenomenon. I’m proud to have come from American Idol, so I just say, go out on top.”

American Idol airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8PM on FOX. The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete premieres this week at the Sundance Film Festival.

Do you think Idol should pack it up after this season?

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  • sol

    Agree with you hyla, and they will never get rid of him, you can bet on that!!!!!!!! He might decide to leave, himself, other than that he is on like donkey kong!!!!!!!

  • sol

    Personally, if I don't like the judges, I don't watch the show since you have to look at them all the time the show is on!!!! The only one I like is Randy. I don't know who chooses the people that appear on there, but he or she is really ruining the show. Why don't they ask the public who they would like to see oh there as a judge!!!!!!!

  • sol

    Of course the bitch would say something, she's already had her break!!!!!! I hope she breaks both legs, ugly bitch!!!!

  • hyla

    I disagree with you about kicking off Seacrest. He's an awesome host and has been the reason the show really hasn't fallen off.

  • hyla

    Great point, once the show became about the judges and not the contestants thats when it started to lose its awesomeness. The first season was one of the best and the most 'famous' person was Paula Abdul.

  • hyla

    J-Hud makes a good point though, no? Isn't it better to go out on top than to die a slow death? Thats all she is saying, go out on to before you become a joke and each year they lose viewers. Maybe not this year cause they will still be #1 but in the next couple years for sure.

  • hyla

    If it wasn't Idol J-Hud would find another way to be successful. Being on Idol doesn't even guarantee but if you have talent you will find a way. She is that good.

  • hyla

    They have tried to relaunch Idol. It's called The Voice, X-Factor, etc. I think the market is just saturated.

  • Joyce Miller Glasnapp
    Joyce Miller Glasnapp

    The Judges make me sick, Simon needs to come back and kick the host of the show off the air , , I like dawg, , but the choice of the others are sick, poor taste in picking judges

  • Sandra J.
    Sandra J.

    Love the show, but definitely the panel of judges is on a steady decline. Hasn't been the same without Simon. A lot didn't like him, but I believe he was the only one that had true insight into the contestants who could be idol. Sad, what the judges have evolved into.

  • Diane

    You cant be asking them to pack up and leave when your fame was derived from that show American Idol made you famous so dont ask them to close the doors on other ppl who want to rise to fame like you did dont bite the finger that fed you

  • ME

    And just because Jennifer was fortunate to be on when Idol was doing so well, how would she feel if she had missed her chance had Idol gone off the air while it was still on top And what about all of the other hopefuls? This show could be their sepping stone. I do agree with Aya, the show needs to be revamped, but only a little. Some of us "older,older" viewers don't or won't relate to some of the judges, like nicki.and Keith, even Mariah, if you are'nt a country western fan, you wouldn't even know of Keiths' music or background. As for Mariah, although she does have a beautiful voice, her notoriety plus the fact, other than her music, she doesn't. appear to be very bright. I'm not saying she isn't, it just doesn't come across as such And just because I am of the older generation, I do enjoy most types of music from the 20's to now. ( I was born in the early 50's)and my grandchildren keep me up to date on their favorites. I even like to listen to alot of their music. I just think there could have been better choices for a couple of the judges. Even just one judge, we older viewers (who still think and listen young,) could relate to and respect. I don't like to pre-judge, so I will give Idol and the new judges a fair chance.

  • Aya

    I've been saying that for years so I'm in complete agreement. I think at this point it's more of a spectacle than a legitimate music show and it seems to focus entirely too much on the judges and their drama than the idols themselves. Perhaps they can just relaunch the series (concept, not necessarily name) and go back to basics.