Jennifer Hudson on New American Idol Judges: “I’m happy that Mariah is there because she’s a singer” (VIDEO)

This morning on Live with Kelly and Michael, Oscar winner and American Idol alum, Jennifer Hudson dished about her latest role on the NBC musical drama Smash, and also weighed in on what she thinks of the new Idol judges’ panel.

Finally having a chance to sit down and watch one episode, Jennifer said, “It’s taken a bit to get used to the new judges.” She added, “I come from American Idol so I’m used to Simon, Paula and Randy…it’s kind of awkward for me to see it with new judges.”

When co-host, Kelly Ripa, asked Jennifer how she thinks she would respond, as a contestant, to the way the new judges critique, the singer exclaimed, “You’re asking me hard questions!”

“I’m happy that Mariah is there because she’s a singer,” Jennifer said, “So she knows what to expect, how to judge, even the position the kids are in when they’re auditioning.”

…and Jennifer left it at that.

Watch Jennifer Hudson talk about American Idol below:

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