Singer, Jennifer Hudson to be ‘American Idol’ judge next season

Jennifer Hudson Singing

Jennifer Hudson is reportedly heading back to “American Idol” as a judge for season 13.

 Jennifer Hudson is reportedly heading back to “American Idol” as a judge.

The “Dreamgirls” star has inked a deal to shore up the judges’ table for season 13 of “Idol,” according to E! News.



Hudson, 31, was a finalist on the third season of the singing competition, landing in seventh place. Her post-“Idol” work has netted her score of accolades, including an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Her return to “American Idol” is part of the producers’ “super-star alum” theme for the next season, an effort to gain back some of the show’s audience. This month’s season finale lost 7 million viewers compared to last year’s.