During her premiere episode, which coincided with her 41st birthday, Jennifer's first-ever celebrity guest was former "Idol" judge Simon Cowell.
Though acknowledging that the two had a “banter” with each other, Simon attributed the success of “Idol” to “people like [Jennifer].”
“It was the combination of talent, determination, and real personality,” he said, adding, “I always knew how determined you were. You were funny and you took it with grace. You got it. I always thought that about you. You got it.”
Regarding JHud's final song on the show, “Weekend in New England” by Barry Manilow, Simon admitted “this was not a great song.”
“It wasn’t your fault, and then of course, what happened, happened,” he said about Jennifer's elimination.
However, when asked if she would change her last song, Jennifer said no, since it lead to her getting the role in “Dreamgirls,” the film for which she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
“Barry Manilow structured that song as if it was ‘And I Am Telling You,’” JHud said, referencing her big solo in the movie.
The Season 5 runner-up opened up about her experience on the singing competition. “I was overconfident thinking that I would get on the show, but I didn’t think I would make it to the Top 2,” recalled Katharine to JHud.
“I was always singing around the house, but I wasn’t a performer,” said Katharine of her pre-“Idol” days. “I had no idea what I was doing. I really didn’t.” She added, “It was a perfect boot camp… I learned a lot of what not to do.”