Jennifer Hudson’s ‘American Idol’ Performance Prompts Angry Tweets From Natalie Cole
Candice Glover and Jennifer Hudson perform on American Idol. (Kevin Winter, Getty Images)
Natalie Cole has every right to be upset with Thursday’s finale episode of “American Idol.”
During the broadcast, Jennifer Hudson performed Cole’s staple hit “Inseparable” with Season 12 winner Candice Glover.
Cole, who won the 1975 best new artist of the year Grammy award, complained via Twitter at 8:30 p.m. PT Thursday. “Make no mistake. ‘Inseparable’ was NOT originally recorded by @IAMJHUD but by ME,” she wrote.
Cole slammed the singing competition for the decision. “@AmericanIdol ought to be ashamed of themselves!Im seriously offended! # #Idol #idolfinale,” Cole wrote in a Tweet that she has since deleted.
Make no mistake. "Inseparable" was NOT originally recorded by @iamjhud but by ME.
— Natalie Cole (@NatMCole) May 17, 2013
“Inseparable,” the title track of Cole’s 1975 gold-certified debut, reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart.
Natalie Cole (John Parra, Getty Images)
Why wasn’t Cole extended the same opportunity?
Cole’s fury was mostly met with rejection online. “Natalie should be ashamed of this and she should apologize for this,” Corey Wilson wrote in a post on Cole’s Facebook page. “No one said that JHud was the first person to record this it was Candice’s idol pick. She should be honored even thankful young people even know who she is. Sit down and take several seats.”
Various Twitter users stressed, “Relax,” “They can sing that song girl,” and “Adam Lambert didn’t originally record Titanium’ either, Sia did…and he sang that with Angie. It’s okay.”
But some came her defense. Renee Martin agreed with Cole’s rant. “I so am old school and knew that…wish you had been on the show!”