Jennifer Hudson Shares Her 'The Voice' Coaching Strategy

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The student is now the teacher: After breaking out on American Idol, Jennifer Hudson will make her coaching debut on The Voice on Sept. 25. The R&B star lists the skills that make her red chair swivel.

1. BE UNIQUE
“Having a great voice is No. 1 -- I am solely about great singers and great voices -- but also voices with character to them, that have originality to them and that can transcend. That’s very rare.”

2. COMPETE WITH YOURSELF
“I don’t care who you are: If you don’t believe in yourself, nobody will. I like to tell my contestants, ‘Be the best you you can be. You can’t be anybody else, and don’t worry about anybody else. Be you.’”

3. BE EAGER TO LEARN
“That’s the beauty of The Voice to me: to have a coach that has been in the industry and to work with them one-on-one, to learn from their knowledge. I always remind myself, ‘I didn’t get that [on Idol].’ And that’s gold.”

4. HANDLE THE HEAT
“I understand the contestants emotionally, and the pressure they’re up against, having to audition in front of the world. I understand the television side, and I try to instill in my contestants [that] they can win.”

This article originally appeared in the September 23 issue of Billboard.