Jennifer Hudson

The already lucky few (hundred) who have tickets to this Thursday's American Idol taping may get even luckier.

Although Fox isn't confirming anything, (a regular read for the Idol-obsessed) reports that Jennifer Hudson, one of the competition's most successful alumni, is secretly taping a performance this week, to air sometime later in the season.

If that's true, this would mark Hudson's first Idol visit since the October 2008 murders of her mother, brother and nephew. Hudson's very first public performance following that family tragedy came at this year's Super Bowl, where she served up the National Anthem.

Officially set to perform on Idol's next results show — which this week airs on Thursday, due to President Obama's Tuesday-night press conference — are Season 2 champ Ruben Studdard and Smokey Robinson, the guest mentor for this week's Motown theme. According to MJs, once the cameras stop rolling at 9 pm/ET, Hudson will tape her performance of a song off her Grammy-winning, self-titled debut album.

For the latest on American Idol, tune into TV Guide Network's Idol Tonight — this week airing Thursday at 7 pm/ET and featuring guest Carly Smithson — and Idol Wrap every Friday at 8 pm/ET with co-hosts Kimberly Caldwell and Justin Guarini. Plus get more on your favorite Idols every Friday with American Idol Rewind at 7 pm/ET.