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Jordin Sparks Calls Jennifer Hudson “Stunning” as Aretha Franklin in “Respect”

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American Idol winner Jordin Sparks showed her support for fellow past contestant Jennifer Hudson this week. Sparks attended the premiere of Hudson’s new movie Respect, calling the performance “moving” and “stunning.”

Hudson plays music icon Aretha Franklin in the biopic, in theaters August 13. It looks like Sparks had a great time at the premiere. She posted about it on her Instagram account.

Jordin Sparks Supports Jennifer Hudson’s Movie

Sparks, who won Season 6 of American Idol when she was just 17, walked the red carpet at the Respect premiere in a short wrap dress by Ganni. She paired it with some strappy heels and long wavy hair. The singer was apparently unsure about returning to the carpet, but she totally killed it.

As Sparks wrote in the caption of her Instagram photos: “Me to myself: ‘do I remember how to do this?’ Also me to myself: ‘yasssss pose! WERK this carpet!'”

Sparks shared that she loved the movie, saying she “walked out so inspired.” She added that the entire cast gave “moving performances,” and called Hudson “STUNNING.” She also gave a shoutout to several people she hung out with at the premiere.

Sparks shared a photo with her husband Dana Isaiah, as well as snaps with Siedah Garrett, Tori Kelly, Alison Luff, and Amber Joy Olney. She didn’t get a picture with Hudson, but it’s nice to see fellow Idol stars supporting each other.


Hudson Was Chosen by Aretha Franklin Herself

Hudson is the perfect choice to play Aretha Franklin on the big screen, because the singer herself chose the Idol star before she sadly passed away in 2018.

“I want to say when she called me… she said I’ve made my decision, it is you who I want to play me,” Hudson said in an interview. “I said well yes ma’am, she said don’t tell a soul and then…the next day she went and told it in an article but she didn’t give my name away.”

Hudson competed on Season 3 of American Idol, making it to seventh place. She’s one of the show’s biggest success stories, as she went on to win an Academy Award for her performance in the 2006 movie Dreamgirls. This new movie might just bring her a second win.

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