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Jennifer Hudson’s ABC Christmas special

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Given the context of what has happened with Jennifer Hudson the past 18 months, I was hoping for a bit more from the Christmas special that aired last night on ABC.

While Hudson herself tried to convey a cheeriness and conviviality, the whole hour felt overly processed and edited. I just didn’t feel any real emotion out of her between songs beyond a slight air of sadness.

The deaths of her mom, her brother and her nephew were barely touched upon. She was the executive producer and clearly, she got to show us only what she wanted to show us. But it almost begs the question — why do a Christmas special back in your hometown now? It seems almost too soon.

Her son and hubby show up briefly in the beginning. Some of her cousins pop in. She visits her high school and the mall she spent a lot of time in as a kid, where she sang by herself. She also did a strange lip-synced solo while on the Chicago River. She did a lovely gospel concert at her church, too.

She did sound great in many of her performances. Here’s “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”

Here she at her most playful with Michael Buble doing “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” (The Bert Show has noted how creepy the lyrics are…)

And if Carrie Underwood could do “O Holy Night,” so can Hudson:

57 comments Add your comment

JTesla

December 15th, 2009
12:55 pm

Thank you Rodney.

Heather MacDonald

December 15th, 2009
1:15 pm

K&CFan, just wanted to be sure you saw this since we’ve moved on to another thread… you’re so pretty! :-) Glad you had a great time at the concert!

kelly&carriefan

December 15th, 2009
1:27 pm

Rodney, thanks for the clips. Unless, ABC reairs it, it’ll be all I get to catch of it. I forgot to set my DVR. You could say I was a bit distracted yesterday…

Heather, well, thanks! :)

Rickster

December 15th, 2009
1:34 pm

For some reason (maybe my browser) – I never get to see any of the videos. :-(

Oh well.

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kelly&carriefan

December 15th, 2009
1:44 pm

Rickester, fyi, I am not allowed to see embedded youtube videos while I am at work. There’s a program that “filters” the out when youtube is banned. I have to wait until I get home and use Foxfire. :)

Mercedes S.

December 15th, 2009
1:45 pm

Rodney, this was a Christmas special, and since Christmas is about the start of a new life and love and hope for humankind, maybe this was not the right venue to bring up Jennifer’s tragedy of losing three members of her family, including her mother. Perhaps it was too soon for her to do a cheerful show , but considering, it was brave of her to try. I do think the deaths were adequately addressed by having the small children at the end of the show mention it.

Rickster

December 15th, 2009
1:47 pm

If anyone is interested (JT, perhaps) AccessAtlanta is listing Lady Gaga at the Fox Theater on 12/28/09.

JTesla

December 15th, 2009
2:02 pm

I like Lady GaGa’s music and all, but I’m not traveling to Georgia to hear her. Actually, I won’t go see her even when she hits my town… she kind of scares me.

kelly&carriefan

December 15th, 2009
2:07 pm

So, am I the only one that found it interesting/funny that on the front page they have “Kelly Clarkson rocks The Loft” and under it “Carrie Underwood disses Atlanta.” It made me chuckle. I think we can guess people are going to cheer for?

kelly&carriefan

December 15th, 2009
2:12 pm

LOL, JT! Um, I kinda agree with you there…I’m not going. If I did, I’d probably be sitting there with my eyes closed!

Harm

December 15th, 2009
3:11 pm

I liked the group Nota from the sing-off show and to me some of the woman in Maxx Factor came across as arrogant. I will tune in again to night just to see what the big controversary is all about.

Congratulations K&C fan!!! I’ll be back later,right now I’m going to see if I can see the picture of you! :-)

Rickster

December 15th, 2009
3:36 pm

Hey Your Royal Snarkness… what # sign of the apocalypse is this?

Abba is included in list of the 2010 Rock n Roll Hall of Fame inductees.

JTesla

December 15th, 2009
3:56 pm

Rickster, don’t be hatin on ABBA!

Deirdre

December 15th, 2009
4:03 pm

I liked Nota a lot. I just heard that 7 groups will be singing tonight. I wonder which group they brought back. IMO, the worst group was the last one, Solo. Only because they were VERY inexperienced and the lead singers were just not that great. Whadaya bet that’s the group that will be returning. I thought that the Bubs were loads of fun but need to work on maintaining pitch while they play. Didn’t like Maxx Factor at all but then, I’ve never been a big fan of Barbershop

Rodney Ho

December 15th, 2009
4:28 pm

I’m watching “The Sing Off” online right now. I was really rooting for Solo but yes, they weren’t tight at all. I found Maxx Factor annoying, too. I preferred the choir groups two years ago…

Rickster

December 15th, 2009
4:39 pm

Your Royal Snarkness…. In the words of Ronald Reagan…. “There you go again” – calling me a hater.

I like Abba. But to be inducted into the Rock n Roll hall of fame? Sorry… can’t agree with that.

JTesla

December 15th, 2009
4:51 pm

Rickster, if the shoe fits. I’m sure they’ll be inducted into the “Pop fluff that no one likes to admit that they listen to Hall of Fame” sometime soon.

Rickster

December 15th, 2009
4:58 pm

Been a long day, folks. Have a huge headache (obviously caused by all the hatin’ I’ve been doing.) Going to go home and take something that I hope will help.

In the words of the late Skip Caray…. “So long, everybody.”

Rodney Ho

December 15th, 2009
5:07 pm

Dierdre–I watched the second hour first and am now watching hour one. Just saw Nota. My early favs for sure…

JTesla

December 15th, 2009
5:08 pm

Don’t be hatin the hatin Rickster.

Have a good evening.

linny@home

December 15th, 2009
7:46 pm

i’ll be recording sing-off b/c the 8-0 hour is the competition night of the finale of SYTYCD. Same tomorrow night for the results finale of SYTYCD. I DO like barbershop but wasn’t all that impressed with MF. I was disappointed that SoLo didn’t do better, was pulling for them because of the back story. Nota was great, so far my fave of the lot. Beelzebub was a little too frenetic for my taste in acapella singing. I’d have liked to see a bit more of the same sort of stuff that Boyz2Men did, frankly. Good acapella cannot be beat imho. It will be interesting to see what happens.

Now for my sad news. Got my eval today and i absolutely dare NOT blog from work anymore. So, i’ll be checking in during the evenings from now on, perhaps also early am before i leave the house. Those that have my email, please DO clue me in if anything important or particularly interesting is happening during the workday!!!

K&Cfan, btw, you look mahvelous dahling!!! i didn’t get a chance to say so earlier… if you would like to correspond directly, Rodney can give you my email addy.

i’ll miss you guys during the day!

JTesla

December 15th, 2009
9:36 pm

Sorry to hear that Linny… that will be sad during the season, but there are priorities and Idol Blog rates right around having your tires rotated (sorry Rodney, but occasionally I have to look at the big picture). We’ll try to keep you in the loop. And I agree with prior statements regarding K&Cfan ;)

flbravesgirl

December 15th, 2009
11:21 pm

Congrats, K&Cfan! Having been to a couple of Kelly’s shows (& loving every minute) I can imagine how great it would be to be right in front of that awesome voice.

Nota is far & away the best on Singoff.

golx

December 16th, 2009
1:03 am

Hulu.com has Jennifer’s special online.

Nana

December 16th, 2009
5:44 am

Good Morning Everybody. :)

Today’s Quote: “If Christmas isn’t found in your heart, you won’t find it under a tree.”

linny – whatever are your bosses thinking? Don’t they realize that AL blogging is imperative to your daily life? At least I hope you got a great review and pay increase.

On SYTYCD, I think the top two will be Russell and Kathryn with the win going to Russell. We shall see tonight.

Nana

December 16th, 2009
6:00 am

How about some Christmas with a western swing beat. A very upbeat song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLswJ0KgHFU

Deirdre

December 16th, 2009
7:28 am

Morning!

I thought every group stepped it up last night on Sing Off. And I agree with the group the judges chose to send home. Noteworthy was good but their harmonies were below par compared to the other groups. Maxx Factor did a good job last night on both songs even though I’m not a barbershop fan. The group with the most improvement, imo, is the Lee group. Both songs were great. SoCal was better last night but they might be the next to go along with MF. The Bubs were as entertaining as ever. Their first song showed us that they CAN harmonize and their 2nd song was just plain fun without being over the top. I LOVED the pose at the end. And Nota’s first effort was great. I wasn’t all that happy with Stayin Alive. I thought it was pitchy and awkward looking. Not what you’d expect from the top group.

linny, we’ll all be looking forward to your musings in the off-hours….and they won’t be “off-hours” for long since the show starts in less than a month!

Lara

December 16th, 2009
8:15 am

Good morning blogsters!! I haven’t seen the 2nd show of sing off yet.
Haven’t seen SYTYCD yet either…I have some catching up to do – but so many holiday dinners to attend is really getting in the way of my tv watching.
I did not see J Hud’s special, but I didn’t plan to. The Bert show also played a performance with the women in her family. It was good but a little too much at the end – can’t remember the song. And as far as the lyrics for Baby its Cold Outside, I didn’t hear the discussion and can’t think why they would think it was creapy?

Tiger Woods

December 16th, 2009
8:32 am

Someone please return my #9 to me…..

Rickster

December 16th, 2009
9:02 am

Dang, Linny. Sorry to hear that. :-(

Now I’ll have to upgrade the soapbox with a system that will record your evening rants so us day-time denizens can watch them the next morning.

Highlander

December 16th, 2009
9:07 am

Biggest joke for joke Wednesday: ABBA voted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!

ABBA?? …Really?! ABBA??????? ….C’mon, man! I know they sold a boatload of albums during their time but they are NOT a rock & roll group! IMO, it diminishes the award to the true rockers who have previously been inducted.

Highlander

December 16th, 2009
9:09 am

K&CF, congratulations on a great 3-day weekend!
Linny, sorry about your work situation.

Mercedes S.

December 16th, 2009
9:14 am

Highlander, at least you know how to spell ABBA. Abba is a Swedish fish-canning company.
Adam Lambert LIVE on some dance show tonight…

Rickster

December 16th, 2009
9:46 am

Careful, Highlander… you’re gonna be accused of being a hater. :-)

Rickster

December 16th, 2009
9:47 am

Mercedes, what show? (So I know which one to not watch.)

kelly&carriefan

December 16th, 2009
9:52 am

Hey y’all!

Poor Linny! I’m really gonna miss her during the day, but in this day and age, I can completely understand.

Thanks, y’all, for all the sweet comments. :)

Tiger Woods

December 16th, 2009
9:52 am

Does anyone have Jennifer Hudson’s phone number?

Rickster

December 16th, 2009
9:58 am

You know… all this promotion of He-Whose-Name-I-Will-Never-Type-Again makes me want to do my impression of Elvis – when he pulled out a handgun & shot his television.

Nana

December 16th, 2009
9:59 am

It was the day after Christmas at a church in San Francisco. The pastor of the church was looking over the cradle when he noticed that the baby Jesus was missing from among the figures. Immediately he turned and went outside and saw a little boy with a red wagon, and in the wagon was the figure of the little infant, Jesus.

So he walked up to the boy and said, “Well, where did you get Him, my fine friend?”

The little boy replied, “I got him from the church.”

“And why did you take him?”

The boy said, “Well, about a week before Christmas I prayed to the little Lord Jesus and I told him if he would bring me a red wagon for Christmas I would give him a ride around the block in it.”

Rickster

December 16th, 2009
10:09 am

I’ve got her number, Tiger. What’s it worth to you to get it?

Rickster

December 16th, 2009
10:13 am

Some of the school systems may already be out for the rest of the year. Pretty much all will be out after Friday. Good thing I won’t be here during the same time period. I just don’t have it in me to deal with the trolls.

Rickster

December 16th, 2009
10:34 am

Wonderful Joke, Nana. Thanks for brightening my day.

kelly&carriefan

December 16th, 2009
10:51 am

Nana, that is a great joke. Gotta love how things like that just make perfect sense to kids!

Rickster

December 16th, 2009
11:38 am

K&CF, it makes sense to kids of all ages!

Tiger Woods

December 16th, 2009
11:45 am

Rix, you gotta ask Elin and her lawyer….depends on what she leaves me as to what I can afford.

Nana

December 16th, 2009
12:29 pm

The Three Wise Men

In a small southern town there was a “Nativity Scene” that showed great skill and talent had gone into creating it. One small feature bothered me.

The three wise men were wearing firemen’s helmets.

Totally unable to come up with a reason or explanation, I left. At a “Quik Stop” on the edge of town, I asked the lady behind the counter about the helmets. She exploded into a rage, yelling at me, “You stupid Yankees never do read the Bible!” I assured her that I did, but simply couldn’t recall anything about firemen in the Bible.

She jerked her Bible from behind the counter and ruffled through some pages, and finally jabbed her finger at a passage. Sticking it in my face she said “See, it says right here, the three wise man came from afar.”

I must be insane right about now with my jokes. :)

WiseOne

December 16th, 2009
1:08 pm

Oh Nana, your firemen joke is wonderful! Thank you.

kelly&carriefan

December 16th, 2009
1:51 pm

LOL! Nana! I loooove that joke! :)

WiseOne

December 16th, 2009
2:15 pm

In the same vein as Nana’s post, here’s another offering for Joke Wednesday. At this point, we all know God’s first name – Howard, as in “Our Father, who art in heaven, Howard be thy name” but now I also know Jesus’s first name. Listened to a Christmas carol today and was told “Wayne in a manger.”

Nana

December 16th, 2009
3:14 pm

Hello WiseOne. Thanks for the joke and I liked it.

Rodney Ho

December 16th, 2009
3:19 pm

New blog entry up. Hope you’re all having a great day!

Nana

December 16th, 2009
3:24 pm

I promise this is the last one today!!!!! :)

Reindeer

According to the Alaskan Department of Fish and game, while both male and female reindeer grow antlers in the summer each year, male reindeer drop their antlers at the beginning of winter, usually late November to mid December. Female reindeer retain their antlers ’till after they give birth in the spring.

Therefore, according to every historical rendition depicting Santa’s reindeer, every single one of them, from Rudolph to Blitzen had to be a girl.

We should’ve known! Only women would be able to drag a fat man in a red velvet suit all around the world in one night, and NOT GET LOST.

norma

December 16th, 2009
7:56 pm

Jennifer Hudson has always steped up, but this Christmas Special was hugh. She was amazing. Jennifer is a super star, and she did a super job. I just wish we could have got to see her baby boy more throughout the show. Little David is gorgeous. I would love to see Jen do more TV in that manner. She is truely a class act.

Timothy E. Walker

December 17th, 2009
10:33 pm

I have a question concerning this program.

Will this show be on TV again for those of us that did not see it on Monday, December 14th, 2009??

LEA

December 29th, 2009
9:36 am

huh did u expect her to talk about her family being murdered the entire damn show?? that’s stupid. The show was AMAZING , no way even u haters on here can take that away from it.. IT WAS A CHRISTMAS SPECIAL, something Carrie Underwood’s wasn’t. Jennifer is MY IDOL. she’s endured a lot but still she keeps on going, I love her..

norma

January 10th, 2010
12:23 am

Rondey, you and all the other haters that said Jennifer Hudson special was not good is telling a flat out LIE. What was you looking for it was not suppose to have been a concert. All the songs she sanged was with alot of emotions. People act like she was supposed to have just cried all over the place and lost control. God is her strength and her guidence, and she is a believer in him. People are so judgemental about someone elsa life. The young multi-talented super star have been through uniamaginable grief. Jennifer went home for christmas to vist with family and places that jump started her career. It seem like to me that the people who are hating are not true Jhud’s fans from the start. The youg lady is very gifted, and you can not take that from her. Jennifer’s voice is a gift from God and he is in control. Like her are not she is here to stay. One of the most humble and grounded artist in the industry. The Christmas Special was wonderful, and Jenny did a super job.