In the midst of the season's most [article id="1660644"]surprising results episode[/article], "American Idol" alum Jennifer Hudson returned to the stage to perform the new single from her just-released album I Remember Me.
After Ryan Seacrest proudly introduced J.Hud to the crowd, emphasizing the fact that the season-three contestant is the show's only Oscar winner, Hudson took the stage to perform the ballad "Where You At?"
Sporting a black dress with cut-outs at the shoulders accented with bits of gold, Hudson's look was fresh, elegant and sophisticated, much like her performance of the song, which is filled with heartbreak and words of love lost. At the end of "Where You At?," Hudson was warmly received by the enthusiastic audience.
"It feels good to be home!" she exclaimed.
One of the major highlights in Hudson's performance, in addition to the song itself, was the sight of her fellow season-three contestant George Huff singing backup. Huff, who was as smiley as always, received a hearty round of applause as soon as Seacrest pointed him out to the crowd.
Regarding [article id="1660380"]Hudson's new album[/article], as well as her transformation — both mentally and physically — over the last couple of years, she recently told MTV News that she feels like a new person.
"Oh my God! It's like a new me. It's like a new introduction of myself — for myself and to others as well — in every way, from image to music to everything," she said. "And it's like, in a way, for me, I'm rediscovering myself at the same time. I like the old me too ... if I could just marry the two together, then I feel like I'm in good shape."
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