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Posted on May 2nd, 2014 by Krista • Filed In: American Idol,Gallery Updates

I’ve added 17 MQ photos of Jennifer arriving to “American Idol.” Studios on (May 1st) Check them out in the gallery.

 

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Posted on Dec 22nd, 2013 by Aniek • Filed In: American Idol,Gallery Updates,Public Appearances

Arriving in style to continue to search for the nation’s hottest singing talent, Jennifer Lopez headed into the “American Idol” Hollywood auditions on Wednesday (December 18).

Wearing a pale pink shiny shirt and matching short skirt, the “Dance Again” songstress strutted inside alongside fellow judge Keith Urban and host Ryan Seacrest.
On Tuesday, the 44-year-old star took questions from fans for the show, answering what it’s like to be back on “Idol.”

In a video reply, J-Lo shared, “It’s, first of all, really flattering and at the same time, you know, something that you feel like…it’s like when you let something that you love go and it comes back to you. You know it’s kinda like, oh, maybe I was supposed to do this again.”


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Posted on Aug 23rd, 2012 by Aniek • Filed In: American Idol,News & Updates,Projects

The singer-and-actress recently left the talent contest after two seasons as a judge and thinks her successor needs to be as honest as possible on the show.

She told ‘Entertainment Tonight’: “So long as she’s honest and speaks from the heart and is just herself, I think she’ll be fine.

“I always kind of just spoke right from the heart, and how I would want someone to speak to me if I was in that position. It’s just about being relaxed and being honest, and being yourself… If you try and think too much about what people might think or what you’re saying too much, I think you get lost.”

Meanwhile, Phillip Phillips – who won the last series of the show – hopes the new judging panel, which is rumoured to also include Nicki Minaj, will be more “critical” as he felt he was given an easy ride by Jennifer, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson.

He told MTV News: “I would say I hope they’re a little more critical. Because there were some times when I performed, especially on ‘Time of the Season,’ man, my ears went out, but that’s live television, I can’t just stop the song, so I just pushed through it as best as I could and then they gave me good feedback and I was like ‘Come on guys, it was horrifying.’ So, I’d like for there to be a little more criticism on the show.”

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Posted on Jul 21st, 2012 by Aniek • Filed In: American Idol,News & Updates

No, she wasn’t holding out for a major payday: Jennifer Lopez‘s departure from American Idol after two seasons had nothing to do with money, a source close to the star tells PEOPLE.

Contrary to reports that Lopez asked for a $2 million raise to continue judging the Fox reality show for a third season, the source says that Fox did approach Lopez with a “comparable offer to last year’s salary” for next season, but it was never countered nor negotiated by her team.

For her first season on the show, Lopez earned $15 million. And she did get a raise for her second season, the source says, because Fox understood the value she brought to the series. Her second year salary was $20 million plus bonuses, says the source. PEOPLE reached a Fox rep who had no comment.

Regarding her decision to leave, the source says it was a difficult one, and was informed by the star’s interest in focusing on her family, film career and other creative ventures, including her fashion business.

As for her reasoning, Lopez, 42, recently told Ryan Seacrest just how tough the decision was to quit the show along with Steven Tyler, who will be departing next season, too.

“I could do Idol for the rest of my life,” she said at the time, “but that would be giving up a bunch of other things … I have my movies and my music and my this and my that. It all kind of worked together for a while, but then it gets more complicated.”

Still, she said at the time, “I’ve never felt so much a part of a family of something I’ve been working on as I did with Idol. I didn’t know I’d be moved so emotionally by working on the show and working with the contestants.”

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Posted on Jul 13th, 2012 by Aniek • Filed In: American Idol,News & Updates

Jennifer Lopez followed Steven Tyler’s lead off “American Idol” on Friday, a one-two punch for a show on the brink of an adolescent identity crisis.

Lopez will not be back for a third year on television’s top-rated but struggling show, her representative, Mark Young, said Friday. Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler announced Thursday he was exiting.

That means the “Idol” panel is down to one, original judge Randy Jackson, and there are reports that he may take a different role when the Fox show returns next January.

Lopez broke the news to “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest on his radio show.

“I really was dreading this phone call with you,” she told him. “I honestly feel like the time has come that I have to get back to doing the other things that I do that I’ve put kind of on hold because I love ‘Idol’ so much.”

“American Idol” has been TV’s most popular program for nearly a decade, but its ratings have declined as TV’s talent show field has grown more competitive.

When it returns for its 12th season next January, “Idol” will have to be a reengineered version of the once-powerhouse series that turned hopefuls such as Jennifer Hudson into stars and gave network rivals fits.

Speculation about potential new panelists has focused on Mariah Carey, with former “Idol” runner-up Adam Lambert getting a shout-out from his fans. Much is at stake for the show and for its judges: Lopez’s contract reportedly was worth $12 million and the stint proved a career-booster for her.

Fox and Jackson did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Tyler started the exodus with his announcement Thursday that he was putting rock ‘n’ roll ahead of the show that he said had been “over-the-top fun.”

“I strayed from my first love, Aerosmith, and I’m back — but instead of begging on my hands and knees, I got two fists in the air and I’m kicking the door open with my band,” Tyler said in a statement. Aerosmith is on a nationwide tour with Tyler and has an album due out in the fall.

In a phone interview Thursday with The Associated Press as the news about Tyler broke, Lopez had said she was saddened to hear that Tyler was leaving and that his departure would play a role in her decision.

“I can’t even imagine anyone else there right now because I’ve just spent two years sitting next to him,” she said. “I love Steven, and we became close during that time. We were a great support for each other, on an adventure that neither one of us knew what it was going to be. So it’s hard to hear that he won’t be doing it.”

Jackson and his “dawg!” exclamations have been a stalwart part of “Idol.” But the show’s multi-year contracts, such as the one Jackson signed, typically include an escape clause that the network can choose to exercise or not.

In a statement Thursday, one Fox executive expressed measured regret over Tyler’s decision.

“We are very sad that Steven has chosen to focus more on his music, but we always knew when we hired a rock ‘n’ roll legend, he would go back to his music,” said Mike Darnell, the network’s president of alternative entertainment.

Seacrest, the other original cast member, will provide a stable center. He signed a two-year contract with “American Idol” producers this spring to continue as host.

The Fox series, which began with Jackson, Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul as judges, has made changes on the panel over the years. Ellen DeGeneres joined one season, and songwriter Kara DioGuardi was added as a fourth judge to work with Jackson, Cowell and Abdul.

The addition of Tyler and Lopez two years ago added fresh star power, and the pair and Jackson clicked on-camera.

But “American Idol” ended up in a vulnerable position, coming off a May finale that drew 21.5 million viewers as Phillip Phillips was crowned the newest winner.

It was a record low finish and followed a pattern of declining viewership for the once-inevitably top-rated series, not to mention a pattern of “white guys with guitars,” as fans describe the show’s recent string of similar winners.

The series ended the 2011-12 season as No. 2 with an average 20 million viewers for the Wednesday performance episodes, just edging third-place “CSI” on CBS (19.7 million) and NBC’s top-rated “Sunday Night Football” (20.7 million).

“Idol” still rules among the most-watched talent shows, topping ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” and NBC’s “The Voice.” But the Fox show is fighting to keep advertiser-favored young viewers, with “The Voice” nearly equaling its audience among adults 18 to 49.

Fox, which from the start has protected “Idol” by programming it just once a year, has now diluted its uniqueness with a family competitor, Cowell’s “The X Factor,” which debuted last fall. After a disappointing start, the show underwent its own judges’ shakeup to add Demi Lovato and Britney Spears.

“American Idol” hasn’t been helped by a run of champions who have failed to achieve the career sizzle of Hudson, Carrie Underwood or Kelly Clarkson.

The winner, however, ultimately is up to the audience. The judges are in the network’s and producers’ control, and their next moves are critical ones.

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Posted on Jul 12th, 2012 by Aniek • Filed In: American Idol,News & Updates

Will she stay or will she go?After two seasons as an American Idol judge, Jennifer Lopez is said to be parting ways with the FOX hit. And while no official announcement has been made as to season 12′s judging panel, Lopez herself strongly hinted that she wouldn’t be taking part for a third year.

“Little by little I’m making up my mind,” Lopez, 42, told TODAY’s Natalie Morales during a Thursday chat discussing her role in Ice Age: Continental Drift. “I love everybody, I love the guys [Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler and host Ryan Seacrest], but I am thinking it’s time for me to go and do other things I love to do like films.”

Currently on a summer concert tour with Enrique Iglesias, the mom of twins says she’s eager to return to the projects she put off when inking a one-year deal with Idol in 2010. “It’s a huge decision, but I have to say there are so many things I do that I put on hold for that,” Lopez reasoned. “It’s a heartbreaking decision if I have to go.”

While no official casting announcement has been made, a source tells Us Weekly there is no way Lopez could return to Idol, given her hectic touring calendar, which conflicts with Idol’s initial filming dates.
“There is just too much going on for her right now,” says an insider of Lopez. “She regrets she can’t stay on the show. It’s been an incredible experience and she is forever grateful that she did it.”
Among those said to be in the running to replace Lopez: Fergie, Mariah Carey, and season 8′s Idol runner-up Adam Lambert.

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Posted on May 27th, 2012 by Aniek • Filed In: American Idol,Gallery Updates,Performances

Jennifer performed at the American Idol Season 11 Grand Finale Show on May 23rd. Check out some stunning pics in the gallery.

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Posted on May 26th, 2012 by Aniek • Filed In: American Idol,Gallery Updates,News & Updates,Public Appearances

Jennifer attended the American Idol Grand Finale Show on May 23rd. I added tons of HQ’s to the gallery.

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Posted on May 17th, 2012 by Aniek • Filed In: American Idol,News & Updates
Jennifer Lopez may have just been named by Forbes magazine today as the most powerful celebrity, but her reign at American Idol is coming to an end. While J.Lo has publicly said she has yet to make a decision about her future on Idol, sources exclusively tell me that she she’s planning on calling it quits.

“She’s just too busy,” one source said. That’s so very true. She’s about to launch a mega concert tour with Enrique Iglesias that kicks off this summer in Latin America and the U.S. She plans to go worldwide in the fall. I’m told Lopez will be on the road, at the very least, through the end of the year.

The next round of Idol auditions will begin while she’s overseas. The superstar apparently wants to free up her schedule next year, possibly taking a little hiatus from work to be with her kids. “It is just like any working mom’s dilemma,” Lopez told us at Monday’s premiere of What to Expect When You’re Expecting. “It’s tough. It’s a balancing act. You put them first and then you have all these other things that you have to do, that you have to give your time to as well, and you have to make sure that they’re OK in the process.” Fox declined to comment on Lopez’s future with the show. Meanwhile, a source close to the production tells E! News that “Fox does not want to let her go. They love her.”

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