Jennifer Hudson performed on AMERICAN IDOL Thursday, March, 24th. CR: Michael Becker / FOX.

Jennifer Hudson performed on AMERICAN IDOL Thursday, March, 24th. CR: Michael Becker / FOX.

Oscar winner, Jennifer Hudson appeared on American Idol Thursday night performing the new single Where You At, off her new album I Remember Me.

She was excited to head back to where she got her start and believes that the title of her album says it all about who she is as a performer.

“This kind of ties in with why I named my album I Remember Me,” Hudson says. “There aren’t many things for me to grasp onto to remember myself by. This is one of those few places. Yes, this was my life and I was here so it made this moment that much more special.”

Since competing on Idol, Hudson has amassed a tremendous following along with that Academy Award win for her starring role as Effie White in Dreamgirls in 2006 – and now the top musicians and producers are enjoying working with her. Hudson is still pinching herself because of her good fortune.

“I got to work with R. Kelly who wrote Where You At and oh my God, I have Alicia Keys producing and writing on my album.

“…These are people, even when I was here, I used to admire and still do admire and look up to  – and now I’m in the studio and being produced and recording with them. It’s still an honor to be working with them.”

Hudson’s done well for herself despite getting the boot from the third season Idol competition. And though it was tough then, the singer/actress is hoping the current group of contestants can learn from her journey.

“As long as you walk away with your talent, you’re walking away with the prize,” she stresses. “I may have been eliminated from this, but I still have my gift. God had something in store for me. I didn’t know how I was going to get to it, but I knew I had to sing my way to it.

“…You’re so caught up in a whirlwind being here where everybody is handling everything for you until that roller coaster just stops and you don’t know what to do. So, just try to learn as you go along.”

It’s certainly done right by her. Hudson’s new album is currently in stores.

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Why she named her album I Remember Me.

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What it is like working with R. Kelly and Alicia Keys.

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What she hopes the Idol contestants learn from her own road since being a contestant.

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