Tuesday, November 22, 2005

The one with Jennifer Hudson beating Fantasia Barrino

Image courtesy of Ultimate Idol Home.

In news I can only deem appropriate and well-deserved, Yahoo! Entertainment reports season three American Idol finalist Jennifer Hudson has edged out Season Three champ Fantasia Barrino in the race to the big screen, bagging a crucial supporting role in the upcoming DreamWorks release Dreamgirls opposite Destiny's Child chanteuse Beyonce Knowles, Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx, Grammy Award winner Raymond Usher (yes, that Usher), and popular comedian Eddie Murphy.

According to the Yahoo! report, as well as news from USA Today, Hudson, Knowles and Tony Award-winning stage actress Anika Noni Rose have been cast to portray the three members of the Dreamettes, a a girl group whose story is somewhat based on the true goings-on behind Motown supergroup The Supremes. The film, set in the late 1960s and early 1970s, will feature the music from the Broadway smash, including One Night Only and And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going. It will be directed by Academy Award winner Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Best Original Screenplay, nominated for Chicago).

The role of Effie, originally played on Broadway by Jennifer Holliday, whose show-stopping version of And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going made her a bona fide star, landed in Hudson's hands. Even after Foxx had publicly endorsed Barrino for the part, Hudson bagged the role - and, hopefully, with it, stardom.

She deserves it. Hudson was my American Idol.

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