Jennifer Lopez On Her Decision To Leave ‘American Idol’

Jennifer Lopez live (2012)

Jennifer Lopez spoke with Cubby Bryant of 103.5 KTU in New York City the other night, talking about her decision to exit ‘American Idol’ as a judge as news broke that Mariah Carey would be her replacement on the hit FOX show. Lopez talked about touring’s role in the decision, how the show has a tendency to lock people down for awhile, advice she’d give to potential replacements, the biggest surprise about being part of the show and how she shares a belief in hard work with Ryan Seacrest.

On whether her tour played a part:

All of it played a part. There’s a lot of moving parts to my life, to my kids to all the other businesses I have, to movies, to singing, to touring.

On ‘Idol’ locking her down:

I love the show, and I love doing the show, but this is what I do. I did it for two years and I kind of put things on hold for a while. Then you go, am I going to do this again or am I gonna get back to what I do, and I had to get back to what I do.

On advice she’d give to potential replacements, such as Mary J. Blige:

I would say yes Mary, you should do it, because I know her personality and I know that she loves music. That’s a big part of it, loving music and loving artists. I would tell her the good things and the tough things about it, which is it will lock you down for a little while and you won’t be able to do everything that you always do, but it’s a great experience.

The biggest surprise about doing ‘Idol’:

The biggest surprise was how much I loved it. How much I really became attached. I literally cried the day that I made the decision not to come back, like I’m really not gonna do it this time. I was kind of going back and forth a little while about the decision, and then I knew it was the right thing to do. I knew I had to get back to what I did. It was painful because I just grew to love everybody there, and I loved the experience of the show. The behind the scenes people as well as Randy (Jackson), Ryan (Seacrest), Steven (Tyler), the kids.

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Jennifer Lopez On Juggling Projects, ‘Dance Again’ & Possible New Album

Jennifer Lopez sitting on stage live (2012)

Jennifer Lopez called Wendy Wild of 103.5 KTU in New York City recently to talk about her single with Pitbull ‘Dance Again’, its music video, plans for a new album, ‘American Idol’ and her role in the movie ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’.

On finding time for all her projects:

I just take it one day at a time. The kids come first and everything else kind of falls into line after that. I have a lot of help, I have to say, but I love doing what I do. I’ll be in the studio late at night doing the music stuff, and in the day doing the other stuff, little by little.

Working with Pitbull:

I had been in the studio and it just started off. I wasn’t planning on putting anything out this soon, but I felt like being in the studio and people sending me stuff, then I heard this track, a very demo track from RedOne, actually that Enrique Iglesias had worked on and sent to me. I thought wow, there’s something about this song. Really something about it. I was like can I tweak the words a little bit. I really made it my own and it just came together. I love Red and I think he really gets me. When I was done with it, I sent it to Pit and said what do you think? Do you want to get on this? He said dale!

On a new album or compilation:

We talked about doing a greatest hits for awhile, and it’s something that’s still on the table, but I don’t know, because I have a bunch of songs that could turn into an album. I’m not sure yet.

On the video:

It’s definitely a beautiful, sexy video with dancing in it and stuff like that. I think it goes with the song and the message in the song for me, which is that you will dance again and you will love again and you will go on. It’s just one of those songs that is great for people going through tough times. With the year that I’ve had, you know, kind of intense, it was the perfect song to bring me out of that period.

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Jennifer Lopez ‘Goin In’ Video

Jennifer Lopez 'Goin In'

August 1, 2012 – Jennifer has released the music video to her new single ‘Goin In’, featured on the soundtrack of the dance film ‘Step Up Revolution’ and J.Lo’s greatest hits album ‘Dance Again… the Hits’. The Ace Norton directed clip features Flo Rida. Watch it via YouTube below.

Jennifer Lopez Releasing ‘Dance Again… the Hits’ July 20th

Jennifer Lopez 'Dance Again The Hits'

July 10, 2012 – Jennifer is set to release her first greatest hits album ‘Dance Again… the Hits’ on July 20th via Epic Records. The album features eleven previously released tracks and a pair of new songs, ‘Dance Again’ and ‘Goin’ In’. Read on for the full track list.

‘Dance Again… the Hits’ Track Listing:
1. Dance Again featuring Pitbull
2. Goin’ In featuring Flo Rida
3. I’m Into You featuring Lil Wayne
4. On The Floor featuring Pitbull
5. Love Don’t Cost A Thing
6. If You Had My Love
7. Waiting For Tonight
8. Get Right featuring Fabolous
9. Jenny From The Block (Track Masters Remix featuring Styles P. & Jadakiss)
10. I’m Real (Remix featuring Ja Rule)
11. Do It Well
12. Ain’t It Funny (Remix featuring Ja Rule & Caddillac Tah)
13. Feelin’ So Good (Remix featuring Big Pun & Fat Joe)

Wisin & Yandel ‘Follow The Leader’ Video Ft. Jennifer Lopez

Wisin & Yandel 'Follow The Leader' featuring Jennifer Lopez

Wisin & Yandel are out with the music video to their new single ‘Follow The Leader’, featuring Jennifer Lopez. The track is off the Puerto Rican reggaeton duo’s upcoming album ‘Los Líderes’, out soon on Machete Music. The Jessy Terrero directed video was shot in Acapulco, Mexico. Watch it via YouTube below.

Jennifer Lopez ‘I’m Into You’ Video

Jennifer Lopez 'I'm Into You'

May 5, 2011 – Jennifer Lopez is out with the music video to her new single ‘I’m Into You’, featuring Lil Wayne, off the American pop singer’s seventh studio album ‘Love?’, out now on Island Records. The Melina Matsoukas directed treatment was shot in Chichen Itza, Mexico last month. Watch it via YouTube below.

Jennifer Lopez ‘Dance Again’ Video Ft. Pitbull

Jennifer Lopez 'Dance Again'

Jennifer Lopez is out with the music video to her new single ‘Dance Again’, featuring Pitbull, off the American pop singer’s upcoming album on Epic Records.

“I love being able to collaborate with the producer RedOne again, and working with Pitbull again,” J.Lo told Ryan Seacrest about the single. “We had a great chemistry the last time, and it was like ‘We’re going to have to do something again.’ And this was the perfect song. I love the message of the song. That when something bad happens, your life is not over. You have to get up. You’re gonna live. You’re gonna to be okay. You’re gonna dance again.”

Watch the Paul Hunter directed video via YouTube below.

Jennifer Lopez ‘Papi’ Video

Jennifer Lopez 'Papi'

Jennifer Lopez is out with the music video to her new single ‘Papi’, the third release from the singer and ‘American Idol’ judge’s seventh studio album ‘Love?’, out now on Island Records. The Paul Hunter directed video was shot last month in Los Angeles and features J.Lo eating too much of a cookie that was promised to help her love come back. The cookie’s spell worked a bit too good and every man in town chased the 42-year-old through the city before a choreographed dance breaks out.

Jennifer Lopez Discusses New Album, ‘Idol’ & Marc Anthony

Jennifer Lopez 'Love'

Jennifer Lopez called in to ‘On Air with Ryan Seacrest’ to debut her new single ‘I’m Into You’. J.Lo talked about being able to interact with fans on this new album ‘Love?’ with Twitter, how the album came together, the dramatic finish of ‘American Idol’ with the elimination of two contestants, if they see any vibe between the remaining finalists, the role Marc Anthony is playing on ‘Idol’, and Ellen K’s young boy having a J.Lo crush. The interview audio at has since been removed.

Jennifer Lopez: ‘Idol’ Helps People Know Who I Really Am

Jennifer Lopez Fabulous

This week’s Fabulous cover star is Jennifer Lopez. The 41-year-old acknowledged that she’s had the reputation of a diva, but her stint on ‘American Idol’ has meant she’s relatable to viewers again. “I’ve only recently realized that people didn’t see me as a normal person – I was never aware that no one really knew who I was,” J.Lo explained. “Now viewers can see that I’m emotional and human.” Lopez also said the the secret to her successful marriage to husband Marc Antony is that “We keep the passion alive in the old-fashioned way.”

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Karen Rodriguez On Singing Before Her Idol Jennifer Lopez

FOX All Access spoke to ‘American Idol’ finalists Paul McDonald and Karen Rodriguez, asking them how meaningful it is to get advice from Steven Tyler, Randy Jackson and Jennifer Lopez, who themselves had to overcome the struggles to find success in the music business. “I love Jennifer Lopez so much,” Karen said. “I’ve been a fan of her since I was so small. To be able to sing in front of her and have her sit in front of me and tell me this is what you need to do, I love this, I didn’t like that, it’s just like she’s helping me. It’s great to see my idol, one of my big idols just be there for me.” Watch the comments via YouTube below.

Most Uttered ‘American Idol’ Season 10 Word: “Baby”

March 17, 2011 – ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ profiled how there’s a new favorite word for the judges on ‘American Idol’ and it’s “baby”. Kimmel played a highlight reel of the dozens of times Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson used the world. “Is Justin Bieber holding the cue cards or something,” Kimmel asked. The comedy clip at YouTube has since been removed.

Get To Know The ‘American Idol’ Finalists

March 10, 2011 – Want to get to know the ‘American Idol’ finalists a little better? Fox All Access talked with the guys and the girls, and are giving viewers a little glimpse of who they are when they’re not on stage. Watch the interviews with Lauren Alaina, Casey Abrams, Ashthon Jones, Paul McDonald, Pia Toscano, James Durbin, Haley Reinhart, Jacob Lusk, Thia Megia, Stefano Langone, Karen Rodriguez, Scotty McCreery and Naima Adedapo via YouTube below.

Simon Cowell Isn’t Missing ‘American Idol’

March 6, 2011 – Simon Cowell outsmarted the paparazzi by answering questions with questions the other night. The former ‘American Idol’ judge says he doesn’t miss the show as he prepares for the U.S. debut of ‘The X Factor’ later this year. “No, I’m on to something else now,” Cowell said when asked if he missed ‘Idol’. Watch via YouTube below.

Jennifer Lopez ‘On The Floor’ Video Ft. Pitbull

Jennifer Lopez 'On The Floor'

Jennifer Lopez is out with the music video to her new single ‘On The Floor’, featuring Pitbull. The song is off the ‘American Idol’ judge’s seventh studio album ‘Love?’, out April 19th on Island Def Jam. Watch the TAJ Stansberry directed video via Vevo below.

Audience Dances To Jennifer Lopez’s New Single

March 7, 2011 – Jennifer appeared on the Mario Lopez Show, filmed on location the other day at the popular Hollywood shopping center The Grove. Jennifer got excited to see the crowd doing the dance to her new single ‘On The Floor’. “Oh my god, you guys did so awesome,” she told the audience, signing autographs on her way out. Watch footage via YouTube below.

Chris Medina Talks J.Lo, Fiance & ‘Idol’ Exit

Chris Medina visited with ‘Access Hollywood’ after his shocking ‘American Idol’ elimination on Wednesday night. The singer talked about the fan support that he has been receiving, donations he and his fiance Juliana have received to help with Juliana’s care after she was severely injured in a car accident, his believe that the judges made the right decision by the judges, what he thought about Jennifer Lopez tearing up after giving him the boot, and what he’d think about being asked to re-join ‘Idol’ if someone was unable to continue next week.

“I didn’t until I saw it last night, it was really touching,” Chris said about Jennifer Lopez’s breakdown. “I couldn’t believe that she had that kind of bottled up emotion over that specific situation. She handled herself really, really well until I left. You could tell she was sad when she was telling me, but I had no idea it was like that. It was very moving… It was real nice that she cared.”

Watch the 3-part interview below.