Lambert stopped by Hudson’s daytime talk show, The Jennifer Hudson Show, where the pair reminisced about their time on the popular singing competition.
“Neither one of us won American Idol and look at us now,” Hudson said when Lambert joined her on her talk show. “Do you see what we are? We’re doing alright.”
“We’re doing alright,” Lambert agreed.
Lambert recalled placing second during his time on Idol, while Hudson shared that she placed seventh during her season. Hudson also showed a photo of Lambert from his time on Idol before asking him about his audition.
“They didn’t air my entire audition,” Lambert said. “I tried to sing a Michael Jackson song. I tried to sing ‘Rock With You,’ and the judges were just not getting it. I saw their perplexed faces and I thought, ‘Hey, I’m not leaving without getting through.’”
“So I said, ‘Okay, let me sing something else for you. What do you want? What do you want to hear?’ And they said, ‘What do you have?’” He continued, sharing that he sang Queen’s hit “Bohemian Rhapsody” as a last-ditch attempt to win them over.
“That was genius,” Hudson said after Lambert finished telling the story.
“I don’t think I would’ve been on tour with [Queen] the past ten years if I hadn’t sung that song,” he admitted. “You have to plant the seeds. Sometimes fate needs a little help.”
Hudson agreed, recalling how she sang an Aretha Franklin song for her audition and then went on to sing with Franklin herself.
In addition to discussing Idol, the pair also joined forces on a duet of Luciano Pavarotti’s “Nessun dorma.” Accompanying the pair was Michael Orland, who served as their pianist on Idol. The pair sang the duet after Lambert mentioned he’d performed the song with Queen while they were in Italy.
Hudson’s latest venture, her daytime talk show, premiered on her 41st birthday on Sept. 12. Lambert is also not the first member of the Idol family to join Hudson on her show.
Hudson sat down with former Idol judge Simon Cowell on the show’s premiere episode. The Jennifer Hudson Show airs weekdays at 11 am Eastern.