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Jennifer Hudson 2004 meets Jennifer Hudson 2011, courtesy of Weight Watchers

Jennifer Hudson opens a Weight Watchers Center in her name in Chicago. CREDIT: AP

Jennifer Hudson opens a Weight Watchers Center in her name in Chicago. CREDIT: AP

Weight Watchers gleaned Jennifer Hudson’s wild-card performance in 2004 when she was a bit weightier and wore a “hideous” (as Simon called it) pink dress. And she duets with Jennifer Hudson 2011. It’s oddly mesmerizing:

Then you watch the original performance below and have to appreciate the video magic. Clearly, the CGI folks had to do a LOT of work to make the ad above even look halfway convincing:

Hudson will be at the Buckhead Barnes & Noble January 18 at 7 p.m. signing her new book “I Got This.”

- Ratings update: “X Factor” finale drew 12.4 million and a 3.8 18-49 rating. That’s not bad but less than half of what “Idol’ draws.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

28 comments Add your comment

JTesla

December 23rd, 2011
9:27 am

Quite the change. She’s also vastly improved her performance skills.

Deirdre

December 23rd, 2011
9:59 am

I think maybe people will now see that JHud was not yet ready for the big time when she was on Idol. Even without the weight change, she’s a whole different girl now than she was then.

Deirdre

December 23rd, 2011
10:00 am

If I don’t get back here today, MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL

JTesla

December 23rd, 2011
10:49 am

Yep, not ready, but still had the attitude.

Happy Holidays everyone.

DanJ

December 23rd, 2011
10:56 am

It does make you wonder what effect her weight played in not only how fans of the show viewed her but how it could have played a role in her confidence. I thought at the time she was the best on the show. Fantasia, Lotoya London and Diana DeGarmo were good but Jennifer was special at times.

That said both Josh and Melanie are overweight to different degrees and they made the final. I do think overweight people are viewed as lazy by most people so it may be a factor in how people vote. I say that as someone who once was obese.

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Rosita

December 23rd, 2011
7:09 pm

Happy Festivus to all the rest of us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mercedes S.

December 23rd, 2011
7:31 pm

J-Hud was the best Idol that year… Her voice had and has the X Factor Simon couldn’t find in his new show.

Mercedes S.

December 23rd, 2011
7:31 pm

I LOVE that Seinfeld episode, Rosita!
Merry Christmas, all!

Deirdre

December 24th, 2011
11:40 am

JTesla

December 24th, 2011
11:45 am

Disagree with the MSN article… now back to… nothing.

Seth T.

December 24th, 2011
7:16 pm

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/idolchatter/index

Lots of Idol Christmas music here, Casey James and many others ……………..

Harriett

December 24th, 2011
10:35 pm

Merry Christmas all and a special Happy Hanukkah to my friends of the Jewish faith.

Pago Flyer

December 25th, 2011
3:53 pm

Is it just us, or does
it seem that white vendors are Not allowed at Hartsfield! Come on people…

bleu

December 25th, 2011
10:19 pm

Has anyone forgotten that Jennifer lost her momma, and nephew. No one is the same after that. Jennifer is a totally different/new lady.

Mercedes S.

December 26th, 2011
6:14 pm

SOMEBODY has to post on Dec 26, so it may as well be me. Yes, Iwent to the mall – two, in fact – and got some good deals.

itsallgoodnroanoke

December 27th, 2011
7:24 am

Let’s remember, She ’s changed! We all have changed. None of us are the same people the year before! God Bless Her and If she likes it, than, I love it.

Deirdre

December 27th, 2011
8:09 am

Morning!

Son, d-i-l and grandbaby are still here. Having a great time! Looking forward to Idol!!!!!!

Highlander

December 27th, 2011
8:34 am

For a minute I thought, “No X-Factor tomorrow night!” …Then I realized I don’t really care. :lol:

I, too, am looking forward to Idol.

Woodpappy

December 27th, 2011
9:06 am

Yawn…I’m here..waiting for IDOL as well. Hope everybody had a wonderful Christmas. Looking forward to a great New year.

Deirdre

December 27th, 2011
9:11 am

In case you haven’t seen it yet…The Nielson rating service has released its list of the top rated shows for 2011. 1.Idol (wed night)
2 Idol (Thurs)
3. Sunday night football
4. Dancing with the Stars

JTesla

December 27th, 2011
9:26 am

Nice to see X-Factor up there with the top shows. Of course, I’m sure they will cancel Idol, because it is junk that people don’t want to watch.

That’s right, a double dose of pre-New-Year snark. Good morning all.

Mercedes S.

December 27th, 2011
9:26 am

And SImon Cowell got paid $42 mill for his wretched XF show…

Deirdre

December 27th, 2011
10:19 am

I case there’s a crap-load of people out there with no lives.

Deirdre

December 27th, 2011
10:19 am

“guess”, not “case”. I have no idea where “case” came from.

Woodpappy

December 27th, 2011
10:21 am

Wish I could make that kind of money for nothing.

JTesla

December 27th, 2011
10:24 am

I could retire right now on $5 million. Less than 1/8th of what Simon made for trying to infest our homes with television spakle.

Actually, right now I’m willing to bet that $1 million would do the trick, it’s a slow time of year.

Rodney Ho

December 27th, 2011
1:38 pm

“Idol” year in review is now up!