Through the years, since American Idol began in June 2002, winners like Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, and Carrie Underwood, have made their careers from the TV show. But even contestants of the culted broadcast, who didn’t win, gained success after the season aired and viewers discovered their talents, like Jennifer Hudson.

Since her debut on a American Idol in 2004, Hudson has made a name for herself. And even though she didn’t win that season of American Idol, the finalist has gone on to not only pursue a career in singing, but acting as well.

Hudson’s first star role in a film, was as Effie White in Dreamgirls (2006), “which she received an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA [British Academy Film] Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress.” And she’s also appeared in productions like Sex and the City (2008), as well as The Color Purple on Broadway in 2015. So, when people found out she would be playing Aretha Franklin in the biopic, Respect (out August of 2020), it was no surprise.

Aretha Franklin herself anointed Hudson to play the part, which must have been a huge honor for the thriving artist. And even Clive Davis, American Record Producer, said:

“This artist to us is a transcendent performer. She stops any and every show she’s in. Her voice is truly incredible. When they ask, ‘Where’s the next Aretha, where the next Aretha will come from?’ I say it’s [Hudson]. She’s in the studio right now recording what I hope will be a classic album... she’s in the tradition of Adele, she’s a singer’s singer.”

-(Rolling Stone)

And while we have no doubt Hudson will portray the Queen of Soul wonderfully, she admits having “always looked up to Aretha,” and that the role will be a “huge task” (E!Online). But she remains as humble as possible.

Hudson has already been spotted filming in NYC and fans are really excited, especially to see her beside Marlon Wayans, who portrays Franklin’s first husband, Ted White, in the biopic.

And here’s a little taste of what viewers and soul lovers alike can expect from, Respect. JHud performs a Franklin classic on The Voice UK.

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