October 21, 2009

Cool Yule!

Jennifer Hudson is getting in the holiday spirit with ABC.

The former “American Idol”-turned-Oscar-and-Grammy winner will host the holiday music special, “Jennifer Hudson: I’ll Be Home For Christmas” in December on the network, Access Hollywood has learned.

The one-hour special, which will take place in Hudson’s hometown of Chicago, will follow the star as she “relives her childhood Christmases with musical performances shot on location at the small neighborhood church where she brought the congregation to its feet week after week; the music academy where she studied; and other Chicago sites,” ABC said in a press release.

Hudson will also visit with family and “childhood friends and others whose influences have been instrumental in her rise from humble beginnings to Hollywood stardom.”

“I am thrilled that Jennifer chose ABC to be the home for her very first holiday special,” said Vicki Dummer, senior vice president, Alternative Series, Specials and Late-Night, ABC Entertainment Group. “I can’t wait to hear her take on Christmas classics as we discover what she loves about her hometown of Chicago.”

No specific airdate or time has been announced yet for the special.

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