Jennifer Hudson Thinks It’s Time for ‘American Idol’ to End

by | January 22, 2013 at 1:44 PM | American Idol, Smash

Jennifer Hudson (Photo: NBC)

As “American Idol” struggles through another round of high profile changes behind the judges panel, and high drama between its dueling divas on and off screen, the ratings for the former juggernaut continue to slide downward, at least one former contestant admits that maybe the show’s moment has passed.

Don’t get her wrong, Jennifer Hudson is proud and grateful for the opportunities the singing competition has given her since she was discovered in Season 3 and went on to become one of the show’s most successful talents. But she also thinks the show should go out on a high note. And maybe, sooner rather than later.

It “should allow itself to go out on top … and gracefully,” Hudson, 31, told Celebbuzz at the Los Angeles premiere of her new film, “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete.”

“Everything has its time,” Hudson said. “American Idol has changed the face of television. So, not everyone can say that. And it’s always been a phenomenon. I’m proud to have come from American Idol, so I just say, ‘Go out on top.’ ”

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In addition to her new movie, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this week, Hudson can be seen making a splash on “Smash,” which debuts its second season on Feb. 5 at 9/8c on NBC.

Watch an Early Sneak Peek of the Season 2 Premiere of “Smash”: