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Jennifer Hudson Reveals Which 'American Idol' Song Is Her Go-To at Karaoke

Jennifer Hudson Reveals Which 'American Idol' Song Is Her Go-To at Karaoke

Jennifer Hudson isn’t messing around when it comes to karaoke!

In a new interview with W magazine, the 40-year-old actress shared that her go-to karaoke song is one she first performed during her American Idol days.

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“My American Idol audition song, my introduction to the world, was ‘Share Your Love With Me,’ by Ms. Franklin,” she shared. “I feel as though Ms. Franklin’s songs have kind of always been there, but now I feel like I have permission to sing them because of her blessing. I feel like I get to help carry on her amazing legacy. Now, Aretha Franklin’s ‘Never Loved a Man’ is my go-to karaoke song.”

She added, “People are like, ‘Jennifer, this isn’t fair!’ But in my family, we take music seriously. So, even with karaoke, it’s not a game.”

Later in the interview, Jennifer explained how her friendship with the late music icon began.

“I first met Ms. Aretha Franklin in Merrillville, Indiana, when she allowed me to open up for her concert. You know what? Aretha said, ‘Don’t sing none of my songs,’” she revealed. “When I got to open up for her concert, she allowed me to sing my own songs, but I got to watch her perform her songs.”

It was years later when Aretha revealed she wanted Jennifer to portray her in the film that would eventually become Respect.

“We had breakfast at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in New York City. That was our first sit-down meeting about me portraying her. And then, eight years after that, that’s when she called me and said, ‘I’ve made my decision, and it is you who I want to play me,’ the Dreamgirls actress shared. “I was very excited in the moment that I learned that she wanted me to play her. But then, the next second, like, Oh my god. Like, it’s Aretha Franklin. Where do you even start? So, it’s exciting, but the scariest thing at the same time.”

It was recently revealed that Jennifer is taking on an exciting new project.

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