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10 Things You Didn't Know About Jennifer Hudson

10 things about Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson and baby David Otunga Jr.

Jennifer Hudson has been making headlines most recently for her ever-shrinking waistline (find out how much weight Jennifer lost below), but how much do you know about this former American Idol?

I’ve been following Jennifer Hudson since she first appeared on season three of Idol, and thought she was obviously robbed during the competition.

But, guess what? Jennifer persevered and won herself a bunch o’ awards, went on to a very successful recording and acting career, had an adorable baby… and yes, dropped a bunch of pounds.

Check out this rundown of 10 things you probably didn’t know about Jennifer Hudson:


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    Jennifer Hudson came in seventh place on American Idol. Robbed, she was! One of the reasons cited for Jennifer Hudson's Idol boot was said to be due to a power outage in Chicago, her hometown.
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    Prior to American Idol, Hudson sang on a Disney cruise ship, the Disney Wonder. Hudson was part of the christening of the newest Disney cruise ship, Disney Dreams, in 2011.
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    Jennifer's film debut was in 2006's "Dreamgirls" as Effie White. She went on to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Not too shabby for her first role! (She also won a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award, an NAACP Image Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.)
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    Sadly, Hudson's mother, brother and nephew were killed in a 2008 shooting. She bravely returned to work a few months later.
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    Hudson sang The Star-Spangled Banner at Super Bowl XLIII.
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    Jennifer sang "Will You Be There" at Michael Jackson's memorial service.
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    Hudson had her own 2009 Christmas special, "Jennifer Hudson: I'll Be Home for Christmas," that took her back to her hometown of Chicago to visit friends and family.
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    Jennifer Hudson is married to David Otunga, who was "Punk" on "I Love New York 2." He's a Harvard Law grad and a WWE wrestler!
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    Jennifer Hudson gave birth to a baby boy on August 10, 2009, naming him David Daniel Otunga Jr.
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    In 2010, Hudson became the Weight Watchers spokesperson, and announced on a 2011 Oprah Winfrey Show episode that she had lost 80 pounds. Joy Behar reported the other day that Jennifer Hudson is a size 0 and asked her what she thought of that. Jennifer responded: "I feel like they're talking to someone else."

Images: PacificCoastNews.com, PRPhotos

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