Jennifer Hudson's Chicago TV Special Airs Tonight

Little over a year since family tragedy, singer to star in TV special

By Nicola Orichuia
|  Monday, Dec 14, 2009  |  Updated 11:00 AM CDT
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Singer Jennifer Hudson will star in a Christmas Special on ABC, alongside Michael Buble.

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Jennifer Hudson is coming home for Christmas, even though home isn’t what it used to be.

Little over a year since the murder of her mother, brother and nephew in their Englewood home, the talented singer and actress is about to star in an hour-long television special on ABC titled “Jennifer Hudson: I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”

Airing today, the special will feature the South Side star in various activities and unique performances: from lip-syncing a gospel version of “Silent Night” as she sits in a boat going under the Chicago River bridges, to walking through her high school, Dunbar Vocational Career Academy.

ABC also disclosed that Hudson will star in a duet with Michael Buble on “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and “O Holy Night.”

Even though ABC stated that Hudson is coming to Chicago “to share childhood memories of the music, people and places that set the stage for her phenomenal success,” the network did not mention whether the pop-star will talk about the tragedy that hit her family last year.

A lot has happened since then. Hudson became engaged to sweetheart David Otunga, gave birth to a boy, David, and sang at the Super Bowl.

She also stopped by Chicago in September for the special opening of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” on Michigan Ave.
 

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