“This was such an important performance, because it’s the first time everyone has seen Jennifer,” Ricky Minor, the show’s producer, explained.
That’s why Minor insisted that Hudson sing to the prerecorded track; “That’s the right way to do it,” he said.
“There’s too many variables to go live. I would never recommend any artist go live, because the slightest glitch would devastate the performance.”
Hudson’s appearance on Sunday marked her first public performance since her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew were fatally shot in October last year.
After the performance, Minor said Hudson asked him, “How did I do?”
“I told her, ‘Touchdown!’” he said.
“She’s in such a great place, with such great spirits, and time can heal her wounds. She’s on fire right now and totally grounded.”
Minor added that Hudson’s two cell phones “lit up like slot machines” after her performance – and she even received a text message from ‘Dreamgirls’ costar, Jamie Foxx.
“His text said ‘Amazing. It brought tears to my eyes’. She’s just getting so much love,” Minor said.