Worst: Jennifer Hudson's Early Exit, Season 3
Seems American Idol was the biggest loser when Jennifer Hudson exited Season 3 in seventh place. When she resurfaced two years later with an Oscar-winning turn in 2006’s Dreamgirls, the reality singing competition was chagrin. Then, as if to add insult to injury two more years later, Hudson took home a Grammy for her self-titled debut album. In terms of name recognition, she is one of the most successful contestants to grace the Idol stage — too bad (for them) it wasn't for very long. Hey, their loss was our gain. And her stunning audition singing Aretha Franklin's "Share Your Love With Me" started it all off with a bang.