Jennifer Hudson Jennifer Hudson’s 7th place finish in 2004 led to a bit of controversy. She was the most popular contestant up to that point, but was eliminated with 2 other black females, leading activists and conspiracy theorists to question the show’s integrity. It was a big surprise at the time because Hudson appeared to be a fan favorite. She was expected to go onto a great career, and she did okay, but not as well as some other participants. Her career is now headed to Broadway.