When 70,000 people lined up to audition for the third season of "American Idol," most dreamed of stardom. Few could have imagined the heights that one of them would reach. Since that day, Jennifer Hudson has earned an Oscar, a Grammy, and a Golden Globe -- and she's just getting started!
Jennifer Hudson first started singing at age 7 alongside her grandmother at their church. She clearly showed a gift and spent the following years performing in talent shows and small productions near her hometown of Chicago. At age 22, she landed a role on a Disney cruise ship, where she performed for several months. Later that same year, she made the pivotal decision to audition for "American Idol," earning a spot in the semifinals. While she initially wasn't selected during the semifinal auditions, Randy Jackson spotted her talent and used his wildcard select her -- making Hudson a Top 12 finalist.
While on the show, Hudson wowed the judges with her incredible voice, but after making it to the Top 7, she was unexpectedly voted off. Following the typical post-"Idol" tour and press, Hudson retreated from the spotlight. A few years later she returned, taking a major role in "Dreamgirls" alongside superstars Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy and Beyonce. Her performance was stellar and launched her to fame. She easily won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar and a Golden Globe, and was critically lauded for her performance of the song, "And I Am Telling You." Following "Dreamgirls," Hudson began work on her self-titled debut album. It hit the charts at #2, sold over one million copies worldwide, and earned her the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album. Now she's hard at work on her second album, which will be released in March 2011. She stopped by to perform the first single, "Where You At?"