Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert look back on ‘American Idol’ days: ‘Look at us now!

EDGARTOWN, MA - JULY 29: Jennifer Hudson speaks at the "RESPECT" reception on July 29, 2021 in Edgartown, Massachusetts. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images for Martha's Vineyard Film Festival)

On Oct. 19, Adam Lambert appeared on “The Jennifer Hudson Show” and performed “Nessun dorma.” Lambert and Hudson demonstrated their vocal prowess and reflected on their “American Idol” days.

The 41-year-old singer showed her audience two photos from her collection, from when she was eliminated from “American Idol” and the tour that followed.

In keeping with her nostalgia trip, she welcomed fellow “American Idol” contestant Lambert to the show.

She said as she began her introductions:

“Like Randy Jackson said, there are worst two moments in ‘American Idol’ history that he really felt shocked at-when I was eliminated, and when this singer didn’t win.”

According to reports, Hudson competed on the third season of “American Idol” and finished seventh, while Lambert finished second on the eighth season of the singing competition show.

Former “American Idol” pianist Michael Orland accompanied the pair during their performance of “Nessun dorma.” The fan-favorite song is from Giacomo Puccini’s classic opera “Turandot.”

Lambert revealed:

“I took opera in high school for like a year. It’s like for a dancer to take ballet – it’s really good training. It was very educational, and that was there, and I left it there.”

However, his opera training paid off and is still evident in his singing.

Despite failing to win “American Idol,” Lambert and Hudson have grown and broadened their horizons.

The talk show host said:

“Neither one of us won ‘American Idol,’ and look at us now. Do you see where we are? We’re doing alright.”

Okay is an understatement. The pair are arguably the most successful contestants from the show’s roster.

Hudson recently achieved EGOT status after winning a Tony Award for the musical “A Strange Loop.”

Lambert, meanwhile, released several critically acclaimed albums. He is now said to be working on his first musical, which will be released in late 2023 or early 2024.

Lambert, ironically, revealed that he auditioned for “American Idol” using Freddie Mercury’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which got him through.

He said:

“You know if I haven’t sung that, I don’t know if I would be having been on tour with them for the past 10 years.”

He added:

“Fate, right? You have to plant the seeds. Sometimes fate needs a little help.”

Hudson also shared her fateful experience:

“that’s another thing we have in common!”

“Because my ‘American Idol’ audition song was ‘Share Your Love With Me’ by Arethra Franklin, and I ended up playing with Arethra Franklin-and you a part of the crew.”