Jennifer Hudson Sidelined by Throat Condition

Shortly after the Grammy winner wowed a packed house at L.A.'s Nokia Theatre on Saturday night, doctors order her to take a few days off from touring

By Marc Malkin May 04, 2009 5:10 PMTags
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Jennifer Hudson is taking a break this week from her national tour with Robin Thicke. Doctors are said to be treating her for a throat condition related to her singing.

Last night's stop in Oakland, Calif., was postponed until May 19. This week's concerts in Dallas and Houston have also been rescheduled for later dates, according to Thicke's rep.

Hudson last performed on Saturday at L.A.'s Nokia Theatre. I was there, and she proved to be a real superstar because she didn't show any signs that something may have been wrong.

So just how well did Ms. Hudson do?

Throughout her hour-long set, she was hitting all of those very high and very powerful notes that she's become so famous for. Her best numbers were "You Pulled Me Through" and "If This Isn't Love." No surprise, but her one encore was "And I Am Telling You (I'm Not Going)" from Dreamgirls.

Thicke started the night off with a set that left his fans swooning, screaming and very hot and bothered. The man can move. More than once, he dropped to his knees to gyrate while serenading several lucky women in the front row.

Among the notables in the audience were Dreamgirls director Bill Condon and producer Larry Mark and Gina Prince-Bythewood, who directed her in last year's The Secret Life of Bees. Chaka Khan popped onstage to join Hudson for her cover of "Sweet Thing."

Now, what about that rumored pregnancy? Ms. Hudson made no mention of expecting—or not expecting, for that matter—her first child with fiancé David Otunga. However, her all-black ensemble was unable to hide what appeared to be a baby bump. Sounds like the spotlight may be back on.


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