Jennifer Hudson Going Home Christmas Special on ABC

via Access Hollywood:

Jennifer Hudson will host her very own Christmas special on ABC in December. No specific date for the special to air has been set yet:

The former ‘American Idol’ -turned-Oscar-and-Grammy winner will host the holiday music special, ‘Jennifer Hudson: I’ll Be Home For Christmas’  in December on the network, Access Hollywood has learned.

The one-hour special, which will take place in Hudson’s hometown of Chicago, will follow the star as she ‘relives her childhood Christmases with musical performances shot on location at the small neighborhood church where she brought the congregation to its feet week after week; the music academy where she studied; and other Chicago sites, ‘  ABC said in a press release.

Hudson will also visit with family and ‘childhood friends and others whose influences have been instrumental in her rise from humble beginnings to Hollywood stardom.’ 

Jennifer, so far, has refused to talk about the murders of her mother, brother and nephew last year (the one year anniversary of those horrific murders are coming up). But, she’ll be re-visiting childhood memories for a TV special?

The special should be filled with some very emotional moments, beyond Jennifer’s goose-bump inducing vocals…

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18 Comments

  1. This is a surprise. I must say that I am intrigued by how this will be presented.

  2. Well, that could end up being an awkward Christmas special. I mean, more power to her, but….

  3. Jennifer, so far, has refused to talk about the murders of her mother, brother and nephew last year (the one year anniversary of those horrific murders are coming up). But, she’ll be re-visiting childhood memories for a TV special?

    That was my first thought, too. It seems really soon after such a horrific tragedy to be doing this. Christmas is such an emotional time of year anyway, add the loss of her family members, combined with her son’s 1st Christmas, and I’d think she’d just be overwhelmed. Maybe doing the special will be cathartic, or at least distracting for her though.

  4. it actually may be really good.

    i wish idol would do more Christmas specials like they did a couple of times in the early years. maybe i’m just a sucker for Christmas TV specials.

  5. Thiis should be a wonderful show!

    I suspect reliving pleasant memories from the past, but not focusing on the later personal tragedies, may go a long way in helping Jennifer move towards healing (insofar as she can presently).

  6. I can listen to JHud sing all day so I’ll definitely watch, but yikes. I agree it could be either really awkward, or extremely heart-wrenching.

  7. huh? yikes! would you want to “relive” good times, and conjure up the ghosts of your murdered Mom and nephew?

    more power to her, but it’s too weird for moi…..

  8. Not sure how this can seen as something weird. I feel this just something Jennifer wants to share with her fans. Yes Jennifer suffered a great loss in her family but Christmas I feel for her will just be something for her to celebrate the lives of the ones she lost. Will it be emotional I’m sure it will be but I know being around the family she had left and around others that love her will no doubt make her feel special to still have those around that love her. Her mother brother and nephew still lives within her and Christmas I’m sure will help in the healing process. It’s always best to focus on the positive in a negative situation and her celebrating it through this speciial can only be seen as warm-hearted on her part and no where near weird. It’s great to see that she is uplifting and in good spirits despite what has happened. She’s such a strong woman and I apploud her.

  9. Maybe Danny Gokey can join her?

    As much as my heart goes out to Jennifer and I wish her the best in coping with this horrific tragedy, I find there is something a bit creepy (for lack of a better word) about this new phenomena of integrating personal grief and “healing” with an entertainment career.

    I won’t be watching. I would feel like a voyeur.

  10. Don’t watch then I’m sure it won’t make that big of a difference, oh and NO ONE on here can tell her how she should or should not move on with her life and career. IF this is what makes her feel better then so be it.. I will be tuned in, that’s for sure.. It’s gonna be awesome to see and hear Jenn share memories of the people and things that mean the most to her..

  11. Don’t watch then I’m sure it won’t make that big of a difference, oh and NO ONE on here can tell her how she should or should not move on with her life and career. IF this is what makes her feel better then so be it.. I will be tuned in, that’s for sure.. It’s gonna be awesome to see and hear Jenn share memories of the people and things that mean the most to her..

    I agree. Plus, I think Jennifer has shown what a strong person she is. She’s one of my favorite Idols of all time so I definitely won’t miss this!

  12. I won’t be watching because I honestly don’t like her music. However, I can’t see that she’s trying to integrate her tragedy into her career. It happened and she’s a musician. Should she go into hiding and for how long? I’m convinced she would rather it never happened.

  13. As I began reading this, I thought, ‘Oh, that will be wonderful.’ Then you mentioned the tragedy that had befallen her family and I filled up. Somehow I had forgotten.

    I’m sure it will be beautiful as well as somewhat heart wrenching for all who know her story. What a way to pay them homage.

    I will be watching.

  14. I think any chance to hear Jennifer singing Gospel and Christmas songs is going to be a huge treat and not to be missed. I still remember a version of “Carol of the Bells” she did on a Muppet Christmas special. As for the tragedy I think it’s going to be more the viewers thinking about it then the show actually addressing it.

  15. I will watch since I love her voice. It will be a full circle of herself….life to death…then death to life with that sweetie of a son of hers’. It will reflect great hope that the season does bring.

    Anyway, it would be great if Simon Fuller every December would do an Idol Christmas Show, featuring the previous season’s top 10 finalists and have Ryan host the show. They could easily do a 2 hour show of Christmas music like the old time Christmas Variety Shows we used to see. It would definately give Fox a big win in Dec and then they could promote the heck out of the show starting up in Jan. Actually, the producers could help all of us fans out by doing variety specials on the off months and letting the previous contestants promote their upcoming singing and tour projects. Just a thought.

  16. I think, Cuddles, that not all American Idol contestants celebrate Christmas. I do think the theory is great, but I don’t think we should subject a person to Christmas if it’s not what they believe in. I’m not saying for or against any particular contestant, I’m just saying that I don’t know that everybody who has been on the show would be comfortable with that idea. I also don’t know that this would be part of the contract they signed up for.

  17. Well, I can get certainly behind a special where Jennifer is singing Christas tunes and gospel and sharing warm memories. And, of course she is entitled to move on and the tragedy shouldn’t force her into hiding.

    My early post was poorly written perhaps. My main issue is not with Jennifer for wanting to do a Christmas special, but in the endless fascination that the media has in covering personal tragedy and turning that tragedy into a form of entertainment. Honestly, would Jenn be getting this special but for the tragedy? Not that I begrudge her for accepting, but I really don’t want an in depth look at her suffering. I applaud her for moving on (as well as the amazing music), but I don’t need or want to see the insides of her or her family’s pain. It feels like an invasion, even if Jennifer is comfortable sharing.

    Maybe I’ve pegged this all wrong and her special will not go there and will instead, celebrate where she is today. If so, I take back my post.

  18. I agree with you in a way 2dogs. To say she wouldn’t be getting this special though if not for what happened though I don’t see a major network like ABC exploiting someone like that. It will be Christmas time and ABC obviously wanted her to do a special cause she’s a great artist. Plenty have done specials like this before and ABC obviously picked Jennifer because of the person and artist she is not because of the tragedy.

    I highly doubt this special is gonna be used to heighten or exploit what Jennifer has gone through because number one Jennifer wouldn’t haven’t even agreed to do something like that and I don’t see that happening on ABC’s part. It’s for the spirit of Christmas and her giving us an inside look of her sharing it with her family that’s still here, her brand new baby boy, and just filling those who watch with Holiday spirit that is much needed. It coming from her just shows true strength. Sure maybe her lost one will be mentioned but I doubt to the point where this whole 1 hour special is focused on that but focused on the now and not the past.

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