Jennifer Hudson has the No. 2 album in the country, but she won’t have the honor of closing out the NCAA tournament next week.
CBS has decided to drop her version of its tourney-closing song, “One Shining Moment,” and go back to the previous version sung by the late Luther Vandross. The “American Idol” alum/Oscar winner’s take on the song — and CBS’ production of the video montage after last year’s tournament — wasn’t especially well-received by hoops fans, particularly the multiple cuts to Hudson singing, which meant that much less time for highlight clips.
“Both versions are great. [Hudson] did a great job,” CBS Sports production chief Harold Bryant tells the Houston Chronicle. “We just felt like we wanted to go back to Luther.”
“One Shining Moment” has had multiple singers since its debut in 1987 — Teddy Pendergrass and the song’s composer, David Barrett, did it before Vandross — but the video montage that played along with it had always focused exclusively on action from the tournament prior to last year. Much of the negative reaction from fans of the decidedly cheesy but goosebump-inducing tune — yeah, we admit it — came from the cutaways to Hudson.
Hudson’s version of the song from last year and the last time Vandross’ track was used, in 2009, are below, for your compare-and-contrast enjoyment. Frankly, we’re glad to have the old version back.