Jennifer Hudson fans who attended Saturday’s Michael Jackson Forever tribute concert probably expected to hear their favorite singer perform. But instead, the artist bailed on the event and her absence disappointed her countless U.K. supporters who hoped to hear her celebrate the late King of Pop’s life. If you remember, Hudson was one of the celebrities chosen to sing at Jackson’s funeral back in 2009, where she sang a beautiful rendition of his famous hit, Will You Be There, so I’m sure many people were hoping to see another moving performance.
The former American Idol contestant claimed the reason she missed the concert was due to “major production issues,” which seems conveniently vague to me but according to the Chicago Sun-Times, Hudson’s camp explained organizers did not give the singer/actress enough time to rehearse the number she was expected to perform. Oddly enough, the other entertainers scheduled to perform (such as Christina Aguilera, Ne-Yo, and Cee Lo Green) were given the same amount of prep time and didn’t seem to have a problem with it. A source close to the organizers, however, commented “there was something else going on” besides the production issues that prompted the absence, but wouldn’t/couldn’t divulge any further information.
The most interesting part about this story, however, is the way the diva broke the news to her fans. After learning that producers failed to put the word out themselves, Hudson took to Twitter on Saturday before the event and told her followers she wouldn’t be participating in the show. The Grammy and Oscar winner tweeted, “To my uk fans that were coming to the mj show in wales. I will no longer be attentding due to major production issues,” and added, “I would have thought they would have informed you all by now, so since they did not , I am. Thank u for your support.”
The last minute cancellation angered producers a great deal and they are demanding Hudson return her six figure paycheck. There’s been no word yet on if she plans on doing that or not, but it goes without saying that she definitely should give the money back. It’s a fair request, considering she didn’t do what she was supposed to, even though she had the same amount of time to prepare as everyone else. If she was too busy then she shouldn’t have accepted the job.