Jennifer HudsonShould American Idol end while it’s still (slightly) ahead? Jennifer Hudson thinks so!

The season three alum — who has gone on to win a Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Award —  has offered her advice to American Idol’s producers, saying the show is past its prime and should call it quits.

“I think it should just allow itself to go out on top… and gracefully,” she in a recent interview. “Everything has its time.”

American Idol, which originally aired in 2002, has run for 12 seasons and created superstars like Fantasia Barrino, Jordin Sparks and Kelly Clarkson.

Hudson says the singing-competition show has changed the face of television and not everyone can say that. “It’s always been a phenomenon. I’m proud to have come from American Idol, so I just say, ‘Go out on top,’” she said.

On last night’s episode, new judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj engaged in yet another argument and Nicki stormed off the set.

However, Hudson wouldn’t know because she said she hasn’t tuned in to see the new judges.

“I haven’t really watched this season,” she added. “I am curious to see the judges on the show, from Mariah to Nicki, and I’m not too familiar with anyone else, but I think the public is so used to seeing the faces of Simon, Paula and Randy,” she said. “It’s kind of hard to adjust to new characters.”

Do you agree J-Hud? Do you think  American Idol should just stop with the judge changes and call it quits?

  • AM

    Yes, I agree.

  • Trinity Jones

    Yes, I agree with Jennifer.

    I really cannot recall the last time I’ve seen a season of “American Idol”.

  • PKZ

    Yes. Past its prime.

  • Catpopstar

    The time for American idol to end was when Simon left. I think its far too late for American Idol to go out on top now. .

  • Say it like it is

    Yeah, put it to bed!!!!!!!!

  • carolyn

    She would say that now that its helped her get to super stardom lol . There is still talent to be discovered out there so the show has a purpose. Get Simon, Paula and Steve back, keep Randy and Keith and the ratings would triple. If they keep Nikki and Mariah its a wrap.

  • Marilyn

    I agree with J. HUd. The show needs to go. It’s a new decade and Idol is pass its prime.

  • Nikki B. Decadent

    I totally agree. My mom insisted on watching it last night and I was annoyed. Its just not a good show anymore. It seems very dated, Nicki is a joke and The Voice is clearly a better production at this point. Bow out gracefully, AI.

  • Robbie

    Bring Paula back. I have to say that she made it interesting to watch. I still don’t know why the producers let her go.

  • Starla

    I am not sure if it’s no longer a good show, or simply that the novelty has worn off. It was totally something different when it was launched, now there are a myriad of similar shows out there. Perhaps it’s simply a case of them reinventing themselves versus closing up shop.

  • binks

    HELL yeah! Idol should have ended when they were still on top a long time ago. Now it has become one of those shows where you think…”is that still on?”

  • GlowBelle

    YES! Agree so much. The problem is that there were copy-cat shows that followed, and then for the last couple of years AI just began to churn out winners that went nowhere, making the show pretty pointless. I can’t even remember the last time I watched and was invested in the show.

    It should have been pulled years ago, probably when Simon and Paula left.

  • Ms. Write

    Nah it’s over..nobody even remembers the last three winners. In the words of Nicki “Hang it up…flat screen”

  • Ms. Write

    More like quit while they’re behind….smh.

  • Child, Please

    If “Idol” does decide to end, it won’t be this season. They’re going to try to go out with a bang. I honestly, think they should’ve went ended it while they were on top because now people are discovering folks on Youtube and going straight to the artist, which cuts out the middle man. The Mariah and Nicki feud isn’t helping much (we have enough shows with women being catty and arguing and this shouldn’t be one). Plus, they’re at a point where they actually have “American Idol Rewind,” which I have no idea why. I just wish we could get another American Idol winner who can gain stardom, not just a win.


    Great article! I have to agree here with Jennifer Hudson I think American Idol had a great run and it might be time to put an end to the show. I’ve enjoyed it for a few seasons thanks to my coworker at DISH who got me hooked. I enjoy all the drama with Nicki Manaj and Mariah Carey but I don’t think it’s enough to keep viewers. I watch all the primetime I can handle and I find it hard at times to try and watch everything. I know it’s been one of my biggest headaches when I want to watch more shows than I could since I work the evenings. The only option I’ve had is to record them for playback later and that’s where the problems started. I thought it was hopeless until I made the upgrade to the DISH Hopper DVR from my job DISH. I can use the PrimeTime Anytime feature to get all four major networks recorded nightly without any timer conflicts or having to give priority to my favorite shows. I can view them in any room too, which’s great and its made life simple for everyone.

  • AyGurlAyGurl

    she sed characters… am i the only one that thinks that’s weird? lol

  • Betty

    Jennifer, American Idol exposed you to $$$$! Before you put American Idol down,do you have any new suggestions for those who want to reveal their talent now that you have lost 400lbs?

  • Betty

    When a black person get a dollar past lunch money, they talk too much!

  • Gord Sumner

    This beyotch would be washing dishes in a diner if it wasn’t for IDOL. Weight Watchers? Her back side is wider than the rear end of my car. Do they cut her out of the jeans after removing the stilettos to make her appear tall and skinny? Fifteen minutes are up HUD.

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