Former American Idol contestant Jennifer Hudson is watching the auditions this season. She told Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan, (quote) “It’s taken a bit to get used to the new judges. I’m used to seeing Simon [Cowell], Paula [Abdul]and Randy [Jackson]. So now it’s new faces. I’m happy that Mariah Carey‘s there because she’s a singer. She knows what to expect, how to judge, even the position that the kids are in when they’re auditioning.”
Her assessment of Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj? She couldn't even acknowledge they were singers and gave them a big meh.