Jennifer Hudson – I’ll Be Home for Christmas – VIDEO

I was expecting tonight’s Jennifer Hudson holiday special, Jennifer Hudson: I’ll Be Home For Christmas to have some drama. After all, Jennifer was going back to Chicago, the place of what has to be a lot of bittersweet memories. It was only a little over a year ago that her mother, brother and nephew were murdered, allegedly at the hands of her sister’s ex-boyfriend.

BWW Backstage: Video Preview of I&#...
BWW Backstage: Video Preview of I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS at Arvada Center

But, Jen’s journey home wasn’t the emotion-packed tear-fest I was expecting. There were a few vague references to her losses, and except for a scene at the very beginning with her fiance, David Ortunga and little baby, David Jr., and an a capella sing with some cousins mid special–family was glaringly absent.

The action centered around her high school and her church–the two outside forces that shaped her as a singer.   At her alma mater, Jennifer was reunited with the teacher who encouraged her young dreams. And, standing outside her church, Jennifer remembered praying about the “Dreamgirls” role. A week later she learned the part was hers.

In lieu of the   gut-wrenching drama were some pretty incredible performances. I posted my favorites after the jump.

Jennifer sings a joyous “This Christmas” at her high school, a rousing medley of gospelized Christmas favorites at her church (check out Rickey Minor!), a sassy “Baby It’s Cold Outside”   with Michael Buble and a starkly beautiful “O Holy Night”.

Video after the JUMP…

This Christmas

Gospel Medley

Baby It’s Cold Outside w/ Michael Buble

O Holy Night

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