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Jennifer Lopez Paid $17.5 Million To Return To American Idol

Aug 31, 2013 09:10 AM

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To say that Jennifer Lopez is in high demand would be an understatement.

J.Lo was paid a whopping $17.5 million to return to the American Idol judging panel, MailOnline reports.

"It's a major coup for her to land a huge payday like that and I believe she is thrilled with that number," a source told MailOnline. "It's a lot more than the $15 [million] Britney Spears was paid to do The X Factor."

This is a huge spike from the $12 million she received for her first season on Idol in 2011. She was given a $3 million raise the following year and reportedly asked for another cool $3 million to come back for a third season. The Idol producers allegedly didn't budge so she walked away from the reality competition. Mariah Carey, who, along with Nicki Minaj, replaced Jennifer on the show, was reportedly paid $18 million for her single season judging stint.

Jennifer will join new judge Harry Connick Jr. and fellow alum (and Mariah-Nicki catfight moderator) Keith Urban for Season 13, which premiers in January.




Jennifer Lopez Returning To Judge American Idol

Aug 17, 2013 11:25 AM

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Jennifer Lopez is still Jenny from the American Idol block.

After months of speculation, her boyfriend Casper Smart confirmed that J.Lo will be returning to the reality series next season.

The dancer was promoting his new nuvoTV show A Step Away when he told E! News Jen was coming back to Idol. He mistakenly thought Fox had already made the announcement.

However, Fox president Kevin Reilly did say that the network had made Lopez an offer. "Jennifer has been a close part of the show all along … there have been discussions there," he said at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

Lopez, who served as judge in 2011 and 2012, has reportedly signed a $15 million contact. She will join another familiar face -- Keith Urban -- for AI's 13th season.

Former contestants Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken, and Adam Lambert have all been courted to replace Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, and Nicki Minaj. Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, and Fergie are also allegedly in the running for the final one or two slots.

Auditions are underway for Season 13, which premiers in January.




Report: Jennifer Lopez Is "Very Close" To Returning To American Idol

Aug 2, 2013 06:00 AM

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Keith Urban is officially set to return to American Idol next season, but what really made waves was Fox Chairman of Entertainment Kevin Reilly's remark to reporters at the 2013 Summer TCA Press Tour that the network is in talks to bring back Jennifer Lopez.

"I will confirm one thing: That Keith is going to return to the show," Reilly said. "Keith did a great job last year, the fans really liked him. With a new panel, you are going to see that Keith is a really funny guy. Jennifer has been a close part of the show all along…there have been discussions there. There is no deal with her or anyone else."

Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and Randy Jackson are all exiting the series, as well as executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick, but with J. Lo back on board, who needs them? Er, right?

While Reilly's comment was a bit on the coy side, a source close to J. Lo took it one step further and told People that the singer/actress is "very close to signing a deal with Fox to return to American Idol next season. Both Fox and Jennifer are very happy about this and want it to happen very much."

Stay tuned...




Jennifer Lopez Wows In White At N.Y.C. Store Opening

Jul 26, 2013 02:00 PM

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Jennifer Lopez made an appearance at the launch of her new mobile retailer store Viva Movil in N.Y.C. this afternoon, and the singer was perfectly dressed for summer in a white lace dress with matching Tom Ford heels. We're loving the new hair color too, J.Lo!

Viva Movil is a joint venture between the singer/actress and Verizon Wireless in an attempt to give Latino consumers a more tailored mobile phone shopping experience.

She's such a jack of all trades!




Jennifer Lopez Regrets Singing For President Of Turkmenistan

Jul 1, 2013 08:55 AM

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"Happy Birthday, Mr. President!" Or not.

Jennifer Lopez is retracting her musical birthday wishes for the president of Turkmenistan after learning that the country is notorious for human rights violations.

J.Lo performed in the former Soviet nation on Saturday and sang "Happy Birthday" to Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow during a show hosted by the China National Petroleum Corp. The singer's spokesman Mark Young told the Associated Press that Jennifer "graciously obliged" to the last-minute request for the birthday serenade. "Had there been knowledge of human rights issues of any kind, Jennifer would not have attended," the rep added.

The president of The Human Rights Foundation, Thor Halvorssen, scolded the singer in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "Lopez obviously has the right to earn a living performing for the dictator of her choice and his circle of cronies," Halvorssen said. "But her actions utterly destroy the carefully crafted message she has cultivated with her prior involvement with Amnesty International's programs in Mexico aimed at curbing violence against women."

Jenny from the Block is the latest A-lister to face backlash after performing for a dictator in recent years. Oscar-winner Hilary Swank attended a birthday party for the Head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, in 2011. Beyonce, Nelly Furtado, 50 Cent, Mariah Carey, and Usher performed at parties linked to the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. All the celebs later apologized for their ignorance.

Update: A source told Us Weekly that Jennifer was paid $1.5 million for the performance.




Jennifer Lopez Gets Emotional At Walk Of Fame Ceremony

Jun 20, 2013 04:00 PM

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Don't cry, J.Lo!

Jennifer Lopez received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today, and the singer/actress got more than a little emotional as friends and co-stars praised her hard work and dedication to her craft.

"She should have an entire block of stars. In my opinion, she's only scratched the surface of what she's capable of," her Monster-In-Law co-star Jane Fonda gushed.

Jenny from the block was so moved by all the sweet words, she couldn't help but shed a few tears!

"I love you, thank you so much for going on this journey with me," she told the crowd. "This landmark moment inspires me to work harder and dream bigger for all that is the future. I hope you feel as I do that it was all worth it, and I hope that I have touched your hearts even in a small way."

We love you Miss Lopez!




Jennifer Lopez And Marc Anthony Keep It Friendly For The Kids

Jun 20, 2013 06:00 AM

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Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony took their twins Max and Emme to the park in Calabasas on Wendesday afternoon, and even though the former spouses split in 2011, we love the fact that they're still friendly! But you have to wonder why J. Lo wore a gorgeous white dress for the occasion ... maybe to remind Marc what he's missing out on?

“I am a nontraditional family,” she told ABC News last month. “Me being a single mom, their dad doesn’t live at home with them. They have three stepbrothers from two other mothers … that’s not traditional.”

“Do I want my children to feel weird about that? No, I don’t," she continued. "Look, there is no perfect [definition of] what family is supposed to be ... It’s about love, and that’s what I constantly remind myself of because I kind of let society get inside my head. ‘Oh, it shouldn’t be like this. I did this; I did that. I failed.’ And it’s like, no. They’re happy, they’re healthy, they’re loved more than anything in the world, and they’re going to be fine. I want them to know that.”

They certainly look like a happy bunch ... and how cute is this?!

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Jennifer Lopez Squeezes Into A Sexy Lace Dress

Jun 14, 2013 08:40 AM

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Jennifer Lopez attended the 2013 amfAR Inspiration Gala at The Plaza Hotel in New York City last night, and the 43-year-old actress looked incredible in blue lace Tom Ford dress.

Jennifer tweeted, "Change can happen when we come together. Looking forward to tonight’s #amfARInspiration NY Gala to benefit #HIV #AIDS research!!! What a beautiful evening at #amfARInspiration! So humbled to be honored by these agents of change. When we come together, there's no stopping our fight against #AIDS. Thank you @OfficialALT @amfar."

J. Lo was joined at the event by designer Kenneth Cole, who is on the board of directors of the organization, but her sexy dancer beau Casper Smart was nowhere to be found.




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