Posted by Jeff Borzello
Apparently Jennifer Hudson is one and done.
After using Luther Vandross’ version of the song from 2003-09, CBS went a different direction for last year’s NCAA tournament.
The network played Hudson’s version at the end of last season’s NCAA tournament, but it received lukewarm – and sometimes worse – reviews. One of the primary complaints was that the three-minute montage used clips of Hudson singing in the studio, something that was a drastic change from Vandross. Overall, it focused less on the highlights and had more bells and whistles than previous versions.
CBS will avoid the possibility of more negative feedback this season – it is going back to using Vandross’ version.
“Both versions are great,” said Harold Bryant, CBS Sports’ vice president for production. “She did a great job. We just felt like we wanted to go back to Luther.”
2011 will mark the 25th anniversary of the network playing “One Shining Moment” as the official end to the college basketball season.
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