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Jennifer Hudson lands Smash role
Jennifer Hudson. Picture: Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Vh1.

Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson is heading back to her TV roots to make a guest appearance in the musical series Smash.

The singer/actress shot to fame as a contestant on American Idol, before going on to win a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her turn in Dreamgirls.

Now, she is returning to the small screen to play a Tony-Award winning Broadway star in the hit US series, which focuses on the world of New York's theatre district.

Smash's executive producer Steven Spielberg says, "First Dreamgirls, now Smash. I have no doubt Jennifer will continue to deliver even more inspiration to the audience responsible for giving us a second season on NBC."

Hudson will join another American Idol alumnus on the show: Katherine McPhee plays the show's lead, Karen Cartwright.

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