Jennifer Lopez says people told her ‘your career will be over’ for doing ‘American Idol’
Jennifer Lopez says several people in her life voted against her signing on as an “American Idol” judge — but thankfully she didn’t listen to them.
The singer, who turned 50 last month, says she was warned not to take the gig on the televised singing competition, which she first joined in 2011 during Season 10.
"It was a big turning point in my career,” Lopez told Variety in a new interview. “Everybody was like, ‘Don’t do this. Your career will be over, and they won’t offer you any movies. They’ll think you’re a joke as an artist.’ And I was like, ‘The truth is, I’m not getting offered a whole bunch of movies, so what are they not going to offer me?'”
The Bronx-born beauty, known for songs like “Jenny from the Block” and “If You Had My Love,” really proved the skeptics wrong. A month after the January 2011 debut of that season, Lopez released the song "On the Floor,” featuring rapper Pitbull. The dance hit went triple platinum, was her first single in four years to blow up airwaves, and was the 11th biggest hit of the year.
Lopez believes her exposure to a wider audience on “Idol” helped boost her image.
“You can’t hide on reality TV," Lopez told Variety. “And they got to see I was a real, caring person who was actually nice.”
The entertainer had joined the judging panel that year alongside fellow musician and “Idol” newbie Steven Tyler, after founding judge Simon Cowell left after Season 9 and judges Kara DioGuardi and Ellen DeGeneres also didn’t return.
Lopez remained on for Season 11, left for Season 12, then came back for Seasons 13 through 15.
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“I don’t think I had been taken as seriously up until then for what I knew about music,” she said. “Even though I had several hit albums, I think they put me in this 'pretty pop’ category.”
Next up for J. Lo is the film “Hustlers,” the comedy-drama due out Sept. 13 that stars Lopez and Constance Wu, among others, as strippers who scam wealthy men.