“I was seventh place,” Hudson says in a video tease ahead of the show’s Sept. 25 premiere on NBC. “I consider that not a big break, but a great opportunity.” But going home, she confesses, wasn’t easy. “When you are eliminated you think it’s over,” adds Hudson. Not surprisingly, she considers her breakthrough moment to have come two years later when she was cast as Effie in the movie, “Dreamgirls.” She would go on to win an Academy Award for the role. “If that’s not the biggest break, I don’t know what is honey,” Hudson cracks.
So what was Shelton’s career-propelling moment? When friends in Oklahoma friends encouraged him to move to Nashville, he says. Levine, meanwhile, credits music business executives Tommy Allen and John DiNicola (“Dirty Dancing”). And Cyrus surprisingly notes that her father, Billy Ray, didn’t “push the button.” Adds Cyrus: “He just didn’t want me to have my heart broken.”
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