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Report: Jennifer Hudson Received Payoff After "American Idol" Commitment Fell Through

Image courtesy of Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage/Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage/Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images (via ABC News Radio)

It pays to not be a judge on American Idol . Just ask Jennifer Hudson .

The season-three finalist had been rumored to be in the mix for one of the open judges' slots on the Fox competition. In fact, The Hollywood Reporter says, she had a commitment with the network, but producers backed away from her when Jennifer Lopez became a viable option. 

As a result, J-Lo and Harry Connick Jr. will join the returning Keith Urban on the panel for Idol 's 13th season, while J-Hud will continue her career as an award-winning singer and actress.  But don't feel too badly for her -- according to the Hollywood Reporter , Fox cut J-Hud loose by reportedly giving her about two million dollars. Not too shabby.

J-Lo, meanwhile, will reportedly make 15 million bucks for her work on the upcoming season of Idol , which begins in January.

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