Jennifer Hudson Returns to American Idol

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Few American Idol contestants have gone on to more successful careers than Jennifer Hudson. We're talking about an Oscar winner here.

But the star returned to the stage that started it all last night, performing the single "Where You At" on the show's latest (wild and shocking) results show.

We hope Pia Toscano was taking notes. Watch as Hudson connects with the audience despite just standing still, and then removes the mic from its stand and walks to the edge of the stage during the bridge.

Pia is an amazing talent who is still learning how to truly be a performer, while Hudson has clearly figured it out:

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American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]