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American Idol Finalist Jennifer Hudson Announces Upcoming Tour Dates With Robin Thicke

March 17th, 2009 · No Comments

American Idol season three finalist Jennifer Hudson has announced her tour dates with with R&B singer Robin Thicke.

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The scheduled dates are below:

 Tue, Mar. 31st, 2009 07:30 PM Palace Theatre Albany (Albany, NY) 
 Thu, Apr. 2nd, 2009 08:00 PM New Jersey Performing Arts Center (Newark, NJ) 
 Fri, Apr. 3rd, 2009 08:00 PM Tower Theatre (Upper Darby, PA) 
 Sat, Apr. 4th, 2009 08:00 PM Lyric Opera House (Baltimore, MD) 
 Sun, Apr. 5th, 2009 TBD D.A.R. Constitution Hall (Washington, DC) 
 Thu, Apr. 9th, 2009 07:00 PM MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods (Ledyard, CT) 
 Fri, Apr. 10th, 2009 08:00 PM WAMU Theatre at Madison Square Garden (New York, NY) 
 Sun, Apr. 12th, 2009 07:30 PM Chrysler Hall (Norfolk, VA) 
 Thu, Apr. 16th, 2009 08:00 PM Fabulous Fox Theatre – Atlanta (Atlanta, GA) 
 Fri, Apr. 17th, 2009 08:00 PM Ovens Auditorium (Charlotte, NC) 
 Sat, Apr. 18th, 2009 08:00 PM Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center (Greensboro, NC) 
 Sun, Apr. 19th, 2009 07:30 PM Landmark Theatre-VA (Richmond, VA) 
 Tue, Apr. 21st, 2009 08:00 PM State Theatre-Playhouse Square Center (Cleveland, OH)
 Thu, Apr. 23rd, 2009 08:00 PM Fabulous Fox Theatre – St. Louis (Saint Louis, MO) 
 Fri, Apr. 24th, 2009 08:00 PM Detroit Opera House (Detroit, MI) 
 Sat, Apr. 25th, 2009 08:00 PM Arie Crown Theater (Chicago, IL) 
 Sun, Apr. 26th, 2009 07:30 PM Arie Crown Theater (Chicago, IL) 
 Thu, Apr. 30th, 2009 07:30 PM San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino (Highland, CA) 
 Fri, May. 1st, 2009 08:00 PM Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort (Las Vegas, NV) 
 Sat, May. 2nd, 2009 08:00 PM Nokia Theatre LA Live (Los Angeles, CA) 
 Sun, May. 3rd, 2009 07:30 PM Paramount Theatre-CA (Oakland, CA) 
 Tue, May. 5th, 2009 07:30 PM Dodge Theatre (Phoenix, AZ) 
 Thu, May. 7th, 2009 08:00 PM NOKIA live at Grand Prairie (Grand Prairie, TX) 
 Fri, May. 8th, 2009 08:00 PM Reliant Arena (Houston, TX) 
 Sat, May. 9th, 2009 08:00 PM Beau Rivage Theatre (Biloxi, MS)

Hudson auditioned for the third season of American Idol, in Atlanta, Georgia. In her audition she commented that she had been singing on Disney Cruise Lines for the past few months (as one of the Muses from Hercules); and contestant judge Randy Jackson said, “We’re expecting more than a cruise ship performance from you.” Jennifer delivered and all the judges agreed it was the best voice they had heard so far in the competition. She was a member of the first group of semifinalists in the Semifinals. She was not voted through to the final round, although she was brought back on the wild card round and put through as a “Top 12” finalist by Jackson.

Hudson struggled to gain popularity in the early stages of Idol’s live shows, receiving the second-lowest number of votes in two of the first three shows. However, after a change in song choices, she soon became a favorite to win, receiving the highest number of votes in the “Top 9” after her performance of Elton John’s “Circle of Life,” on April 6, 2004. Among Hudson’s worthy performances on the show was her rendition of Whitney Houston’s, “I Have Nothing.” Contestant judge Simon Cowell commented that Hudson, “finally proved why she was among the ‘Top 12,'” and referred to the performance a week later as, “sensational.” During the “Top 7” show, Hudson sang a show-stopping rendition of Barry Manilow’s, “Weekend in New England,” which garnered praise from all three judges. Jackson called the song Hudson’s best performance to date; and Simon Cowell noted that Hudson’s presence made the third season a, “Battle of the Divas,” referencing other powerful vocalists Fantasia Barrino and Latoya London. Despite this praise, Hudson was eliminated during this week, which some blamed in part on a power outage in Hudson’s hometown of Chicago due to storms and tornadoes in the area. On April 21, 2004, Hudson became the sixth of the 12 finalists to be voted off the show, finishing the competition in seventh place.

Jennifer is one of the few actors to have won all four major screen acting awards, including an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award, as well as a Grammy Award and more than twenty other prizes. After Idol she established herself as a solo recording artist and film actress, starring in the 2006 motion picture Dreamgirls for which she has won numerous awards. Her self-titled debut album was released in 2008 on Arista Records and soon certified gold by the RIAA for more than 500,000 shipped copies, spawning the number-one single “Spotlight.”

About the upcoming tour Jennifer said “I’m excited to get out and meet the people and sing for the people. I always love to perform live. The only other tour I’ve been part of is the (American) Idol tour, so this’ll be more intimate and personal.” About co-headlining the tour with Robin Thicke she said “I’m in a weird place,” she says, “like, ‘Wow, everybody knows Jennifer, but where do you place her? Who do you put her with? Where do I go?’ That was the hardest part of the puzzle to put together. I think we came out with a great solution.”

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