By EW Staff
Updated March 15, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST
Jennifer Hudson, American Idol

Jennifer Hudson’s pros and cons

AGE 22


FINALS-QUALIFYING SONG ”I Believe in You and Me”

SHE SAYS ”My sister is my worst critic. She can beat Simon and Paula and all of them by five with her comments.”

PRO She’s not afraid to express herself…

CON …but her fashion faux pas have distracted us (and Simon) from her talent.

EARLY WORD FROM SIMON ET AL. Randy thought her wild-card performance was the best of the night (he sent her to the finals afterward) — but her outfit was the worst.

WE SAY ”Idol” worship is within her grasp if she can lose the silver pantsuits, tacky pink dress, etc.