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Jennifer Hudson: 'New 'American Idol' is kind of awkward'

Former 'American Idol' contestant Jennifer Hudson has admitted that watching the show with the new panel is "awkward".

She appeared on 'Live With Kelly & Michael' this morning (February 8) and explained that the new judges, namely Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and Mariah Carey, have a different dynamic and appeal to those she's used to seeing on the show, which has made for strange viewing:

“It’s taken a bit to get used to the new judges. I come from 'American Idol', so I’m used to seeing Simon, Paula and Randy…"

"It’s kind of awkward for me to see it with new judges…"

Hudson continued to talk about the programme and added that she's happy to see Mariah Carey at least "because she's a singer": "I’m happy that [Mariah Carey]‘s there because she’s a singer, so she knows what to expect, how to judge, even the position that the kids are in when they’re auditioning."





Watch Hudson and the Sandy Hook students perform at last weekend's Super Bowl here: