Hudson joins Glover on 'American Idol' finale
Host Ryan Seacrest, left, and finalists Candice Glover, center, and Kree Harrison speak on stage at the "American Idol" finale at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live on Thursday, May 16, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Despite winning a Grammy and an Oscar, Jennifer Hudson is inseparable from "American Idol."
The former finalist returned to the "Idol" stage for Thursday's finale to duet with current contender Candice Glover on Natalie Cole's "Inseparable."
The vocal powerhouse or country crooner Kree Harrison will be revealed Thursday night as the 12th season champion of "American Idol."
"Either way, we're gonna celebrate tonight," Harrison said at the beginning of Thursday's finale.
Glover admitted the pair were "out of it" following the finale whirlwind.
The winning finalist of the Fox singing competition will be awarded a record deal and could follow in the footsteps of such chart-topping winners as Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood — or less successful champs like Lee DeWyze and Kris Allen.
Host Ryan Seacrest speaks on stage at the "American Idol" finale at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live on Thursday, May 16, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Whatever happens, Harrison and Glover both advanced further on "Idol" than Hudson. She was the sixth eliminated contestant during the third season.
Hudson was among the guest stars helping to fill out the two-hour finale show, including Psy, Frankie Valli, Emeli Sande and Jessie J. Current "Idol" judges Keith Urban, Mariah Carey — along with Randy Jackson on bass — also performed.
During Wednesday's final performance round, Harrison, the soulful 22-year-old country singer originally from Woodville, Texas, sang Sarah McLaughlan's "Angel," Patty Griffin's "Up to the Mountain" and potential future single "All Cried Out."