Jennifer Hudson Is “Past Its Prime”

American Idol should quit while it’s still ahead — at least, that’s what former contestant Jennifer Hudson thinks.

American Idol should quit while it’s still ahead — at least, that’s what former contestant Jennifer Hudson thinks. The Oscar winner told Celebuzz while promoting her new movie The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete that, “Everything has its time.” The implication, of course, is that Idol‘s time has passed.

But don’t worry Idol fanatics, Hudson isn’t discounting what the singing competition did for her career. “American Idol changed the face of television,” she continued. “So, not everyone can say that. And, it’s always been a phenomenon. I’m proud to have come from American Idol, so I just say, go out on top.”

The actress isn’t the only former contestant who thinks Idol has changed for the worse. Season 2 runner-up Clay Aiken recently told Billboard he thinks the show has lost its core focus. “Kelly [Clarkson] and Justin [Guarini] and Tamyra [Gray] and Nikki McKibbin, they were all the stars of the show,” the singer said. “And when I was on, Ruben [Studdard] and myself and Kimberly Locke were the stars of the show. Now Idol is about the judges. I don’t even know if they remember there are contestants anymore.”

Now in its 12th season, American Idol isn’t the ratings juggernaut it once was, but it still posts incredibly impressive ratings for a show that’s more than a decade old. And while Aiken thinks Idol focuses too much on the judges these days, Phillip Phillips’ massive success with the coronation song “Home” would suggest that Idol fans still have lots of love for the contestants.

What do you think? Should Idol quit while it’s still ahead? Or does it still have a few good years left in it? Sound off in the comments below!

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