J-Hud was in the house at the Ed Sullivan Theatre Tuesday to sing as part of “The Late Show with David Letterman” Concert Series. The slimmed-down Oscar-winner, according to MJsBigBlog, took to the “Letterman” stage and performed for the crowd of screaming fans. Watching and listening to her, you often wonder what it was that got her kicked off of “American Idol” in the seventh position in Season 3 (the year Fantasia Barrino won it all), what it was that “American Idol” viewers missed when they cast their votes.
No matter. In the long run, it didn’t hurt her career at all. An Oscar for “Dreamgirls,” a gold (nearly platinum) first album, a Grammy for same, sang the “Star Spangled Banner” at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, again at Super Bowl XLVIII, performed “I’ll Be There” at the Michael Jackson Memorial service, has seen her second (and current) album already awarded gold certification, and is a spokesperson for Weight Watchers — there is no reason why the 29-year-old singer shouldn’t be “Feeling Good.”
She appeared at the back of the Theatre and immediately began belting out the opening lines — acapella — of “Feeling Good,” the song made famous again by Michael Buble (but recorded by hundreds of artists over the years). She slowly made her way through the audience to the stage, pausing to let fans gather around.
The concert lasted for nearly an hour, ending with the title track to her latest album, “I Remember Me.”
Hudson returned to the “American Idol” stage this season to debut her first single, “Where You At,” from the new album, which is only her second release since appearing on the show in 2004. More recently, she appeared on the “Idol” sister show, “So You Think You Can Dance,” performing “Feeling Good” there as well.
Still, the R&B singer hasn’t been idle. Besides, acting in the movie and working on the “Dreamgirls” soundtrack, Hudson put together an impressive resume of movies over the last few years. She starred in “The Secret Life of Bees” with Alicia Keys, Queen Latifah, and Dakota Fanning. She then starred alongside Fanning again in “Fragments,” a movie that also starred Forest Whitaker, Kate Beckinsale, and Guy Pearce. She also won the starring role of Winnie Mandela in the upcoming feature “Winnie.”
But seventh place?
“The Late Show with David Letterman” is broadcast on CBS Television. Fans of the show in the Myrtle Beach area can view the late night staple on WBTW TV-13.