Sometimes, you can go home again.
Jennifer Hudson, who launched her career appearing on the third season of American Idol, returned to where it all began on Thursday's edition of the Fox hit, as the Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy Award winner sang Where You At?, the first stellar single off her new album, I Remember Me.
"It feels good to be home!" the Dreamgirls star said.
The newly svelte Chicago native, 29 , -- looking gorgeous in a black dress -- received a huge ovation from the audience as she concluded her ballad. Also of note was Hudson's season three fellow contestant and good friend, George Huff, serving as one of her backup singers in the number.
Hudson's second album, I Remember Me, is in stores now. Her film Winnie, a biopic about Nelson Mandela's wife which co-stars Terrence Howard, hits theaters later this year.
The remaining contestants in this year’s American Idol competition include boys Casey Abrams, Scotty McCreery, James Durbin, Jacob Lusk, Stefano Langone and Paul McDonald; and girls Pia Toscano, Lauren Alaina, Thia Megia, Naima Adedapo and Haley Reinhart.
American Idol returns next Wednesday on Fox at 8/7c.