Saturday, May 18, 2024

Watch Jennifer Hudson’s Stunning “I Am Telling You” at NYC Charity Dinner That JLO and ARod Almost Saw


Last night Mike Milken’s annual Prostate Cancer Foundation dinner guests got their money’s worth — JHud, JLo, and A-Rod. Just not at the same time.

Jennifer Hudson absolutely blew the crowd of millionaires away with a 45 minute show that was off the hook. It featured all her hits– from “Dreamgirls” to “Spotlight” and my personal favorite, “Where You At.” She also stopped the show with her rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Wow. JHud is on her way to London for the British version of “The Voice,” then she’s back to LA for our version. She never stops and her voice is more stunning than ever.

Unfortunately, Hudson’s show was missed by Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez, who exited the dinner shortly after making a huge donation and driving the room of usually staid folks crazy. A Rod had already been there through cocktails. JLo swung in at the last minute, appeared on stage and then swept the former Yankee off to further appointments. I’ll bet they’re kicking themselves now! But their presence upped the ante for donors, which is most important.

Bravo to Milken. His foundation is helping thousands– hundreds of thousands of people– all over the world. Treatment for prostate cancer has jumped into the future over the last twenty years largely because of him and his doctors. And the benefits of donating to that dinner– still can’t get over Jennifer Hudson. She’s a powerhouse of soul with a huge career still to come!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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