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Jennifer Hudson in 'Dreamgirls'
Jennifer Hudson (above) earned a starring role in "Dreamgirls" after a search involving 782 hopefuls -- including Fantasia Barrino, the contestant she lost to on "American Idol." (Dreamworks) Dreamworks

The show stopper

'Idol' castoff Jennifer Hudson makes waves in 'Dreamgirls'

By Sarah Rodman
Globe Staff / December 14, 2006

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