In 2006, seventh-place “American Idol” castoff Jennifer Hudson got the last laugh by winning the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her turn in “Dreamgirls.” Eight years later, viewers of the “America’s Got Talent” Season 9 Finale saw Hudson return to the medium that made her famous — reality television — to give an emotional reprise of the same song that earned her the Oscar.
Hudson performed “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” with 12-year-old contestant Quintavious Johnson on the two-hour finale of NBC’s long-running talent contest. But would young Johnson meet the same unfortunate reality TV fate as Hudson? (Watch the video of their duet below.)
Despite his impressive singing chops, Johnson only managed to come in fifth place for “AGT” Season 9. But hey, that’s still two slots higher than Hudson finished on “American Idol” in 2004. Johnson came in just ahead of sixth-place finisher Miguel Dakota, who sang with Lenny Kravitz in the finale.
America’s third place act was AcroArmy. They performed yet another acrobatic masterpiece as Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker rocked out in the background.
The second place honor was given to “old Hollywood” singer Emily West, who blew the judges away every week with her powerful vocals. In the finale, she sang “True Colors” with music superstar Cyndi Lauper.
But when the final credits rolled, there could only be one winner of Season 9 and that title went to magician Mat Franco, as Gold Derby correctly predicted. With his victory, Franco became the first magician to ever win “America’s Got Talent.” (See our photo gallery of past winners below.) During the finale, Franco unleashed a brand new magic act involving judge Howard Stern and “The View” co-host Rosie O’Donnell.
Do you agree with America’s decision to honor Franco as the winner of Season 9? Sound off in the comments section below the video of Hudson reprising her Oscar-winning song with Johnson.