Grammy-winning singer/actress Jennifer Hudson will be returning to familiar territory when she hits the 'American Idol' stage for a special performance. The 26-year-old 'Idol' alum will reportedly tape a performance in front of the studio audience tonight (Wednesday), following the show's live broadcast.

According to reports, Hudson will sing a song from her self-titled album for a segment, which will air on a future episode of the show. This will be the first time the singer has returned to 'Idol' since being eliminated from the show in 2004. Since then Hudson has seen much success in the entertainment industry. In 2007, the Chicago native won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Effie White in the film adaptation of the popular musical 'Dreamgirls.' In February she added a Grammy to her trophy case.

Hudson remained in seclusion for months following the October 2008 murders of her mother, brother and nephew. The singer re-emerged with a amazing (but pre-recorded) performance at Super Bowl XLIII, followed by an appearance at the Grammys and 'The Oprah Winfrey Show.'

Hudson is currently promoting her award-winning debut, which was released in September. She is set to begin her first headlining tour in April.

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