If you aren’t watching The Jennifer Hudson Show, you are missing out on some feel-good daytime TV. EGOT Jennifer Hudson is finding her way as a television talk show host and enjoying some priceless moments in the process. One such happened today when JHud welcomed Ledisi to the show’s stage for the first televised performance of her new single “I Need To Know.”
Before Ledisi wowed the audience with her vocal prowess – because that’s what she does on the regular – she sat down on Jennifer’s plush couch for a fun interview. Their chat was more like a conversation between old friends as they reminisced about when they first met in 2004 while performing together in a benefit concert of the musical Hair. That production was Jenny’s introduction to Broadway, and Led welcomed the American Idol alum with open arms.
An award-winning singer and actress herself, Ledisi went on to discuss how she was bitten by the acting bug when she saw Diana Ross play Dorothy in The Wiz as a child. She soon burst into song, effortlessly singing a few bars of “Be A Lion” and blowing Jennifer and her audience away. Led also shared that after focusing on her Nina Simone tribute album and concerts for the past few years that she was ready for a change, and “I Need To Know” is her return to R&B.
When it came time to perform “I Need To Know,” Ledisi stood centerstage on The Jennifer Hudson Show’s soundstage and sang to the heavens. Although she performed to an audio track and not with her usual live band, Ledisi's mic was on and she sounded phenomenal as always. We hope that Warner Bros. Studios is up to date on their insurance because we know good and well that she blew the roof off the building.
Jennifer Hudson was so impressed by Ledisi’s vocal masterclass that she stood off to the side of the stage and threw a shoe at her to show her approval. The stiletto landed a few feet from Led, but that hilarious, impromptu moment didn’t even phase her. Our girl didn't miss a note or a beat as she kept singing and concluded the stunning performance with a huge smile on her face to raucous applause from the audience.
See why Jennifer Hudson’s shoe went flying when you press play below. After watching this performance, it would be wise to buy your tickets to The Soul II Soul Tour featuring Ledisi, Kem and special guest Musiq Soulchild to witness this greatness in person. The tour commences this Friday, February 3rd in Columbia, South Carolina and runs through May.