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: