The road to success in Hollywood is a little different for every would-be actor, but these days, reality TV is becoming a major launching pad for some of the industry's biggest stars. Before they were red-carpet regulars, NeNe Leakes, Jennifer Hudson, Julianne Hough and Lucy Hale were among those who broke through as reality stars
Though she's now cemented herself as one of this generation's powerhouse singers (and an Oscar-worthy actress, after winning the award for Best Supporting Actress in 2007), Jennifer Hudson's start in the spotlight began with season three of American Idol. The Dreamgirls actress didn't ultimately win the competition, but she's stayed at the top of the Hollywood game since.
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