Jennifer Lopez, 'American Idol' creator team for new reality project -- EXCLUSIVE


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Having done more than her share to keep the American Idol judging panel lively this season, Jennifer Lopez has set her sights on launching her own reality show.

Lopez is teaming with Idol producer Simon Fuller and his XIX Entertainment to shop a new project to broadcast networks. The series would have Lopez and her husband Marc Antony touring Latin America and searching for the best undiscovered musical talent. The working title: Que Viva.

Since the show is looking for a network home, the project is considered in early stages of development. Still, trying to launch her own competition show raises a question: Does Lopez plan to stay on Idol?

Lopez is only signed on through the end of this season. But given her strong performance on the show, and how Idol has managed to perform on par with last year in the ratings, it’s a very safe bet producers and Fox will want her back. (Fellow newcomer Steven Tyler is signed for more than one season and is expected to return). Plus, Fuller would never do anything to undermine his flagship franchise, so just because there’s another project in the works, it isn’t expected to be a conflict. After all, Idol judges have had other concurrent reality shows, such as Randy Jackson’s successful MTV project, America’s Best Dance Crew.

As for her Idol future, sources expect Lopez will sign up for another round given how much the Fox hit has raised her profile. And if she can spread some Idol-style fever to Latin America in the process, why not?

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  • deedeedragons

    I was going to say it sounded good but then skeletor’s name was mentioned….

    • Letice


      • Erica

        She’s just Jenny from the Crock.

      • Jethro

        Let’s see, her new CD is bombing, her judging is very giddy and at times, goofy, she hasn’t had a box office success, so let’s put her in a reality show where she can continue to show us why she can’t get anything right!

      • Victoria

        Is she really broke, and was amazing

    • Lee

      It sounded good to me too because I think Jennifer is the best judge on the panel this year. (Yes–she’s even better than veteran Randy.) I don’t understand why AI would sign her up for only one year and sign Steven Tyler for more than one year. It should’ve been the other way around. I hope they get rid of Steven. He’s another Ellen Degeneres. They need someone who can give harsh criticism like Simon Cowell. Enough with all this cheerleading, AI. Hire some real judges. Otherwise have Randy, Jennifer and Steven hold up a scorecard after every performance like DWTS.

      • BlackIrish4094

        Best judge on the panel? LMAO, I should have stopped reading at that point because you’ve lost some credibility based on that opinion alone. But calling Steven the new Ellen? If anyone is, that’s Lopez.

    • Sasuke

      My GF is a black girl.i met her via
      — Mixed’Matching ℃○M— _____ It gives you a chance to make your life better and open opportunities for you to meet the attractive verified singles and treat you like a Queen. Maybe you wanna check it out or tell your friends.

  • Aaron

    Interesting, but I feel like beggars can’t be choosers in this case – you already have a starring role on one ginormous reality talent competition, no?

  • teenieweenie


  • chris

    why do we need a ethnic culture based talent show, why not just have the shows include everyone.

    • Mel

      Because Latinos haven’t really done too well on Idol despite there being a huge market for them. Don’t worry, it’s probably going to be on a channel you don’t watch. What’s wrong with having a bit of diversity?

      • chris

        Before you play that card im 1/2 hispanic. Im for inclusion.Im not a seperatist. I do not think their should be talent shows that are for just one group rather its white non hispanic,black,purple or green.

      • chris

        Also, what is diverse about creating shows that just include one culture or ethnicity.

      • candacetx

        so… you take issue with Nashville Star? The Sunday Best gospel reality show? Or even Showtime at the Apollo?

        I think it is perfectly appropriate for one genre of music to have a realty show that focuses on that specific genre. American Idol is looking for a pop star – and that encompasses various styles, but there are specific, exclusive types of music. Why not?

    • fish eye no miko

      “Also, what is diverse about creating shows that just include one culture or ethnicity.”

      There’s more than one culture and ethnicity in Latin America.

      • TOM

        the show will be down south of the US……hey we all need equity…TEAM LOPEZ

    • Dave

      They’re going around Latin America looking for talent. Technically, it’s not any different than going around the U.S. looking for talent, or the British talent shows that go around England, etc.

    • eugenemcd

      What’s so DIVERSE about a show where for the past 3 years the winners were 3 white male pop/rcok singers and the runners-up were also white?

      • BlackIrish4094

        So what? If they are voted in for the win, what difference does their color / ethnicity make? You only have a problem if the winner is white?

    • DiMi

      Actually, the show is NOT about ethnicity; it’s about geography. The show is about finding talent in Latin America, which has people of many different races and ethnicities. It is YOUR stereotype of Latin America that leads you to think that it would be limited.

  • Crystal

    as long as they get her off idol, I don’t care. Then she can go be biased and get all the little boys she wants.

  • Ohpleaze

    now well never get her off the television. She just just take her money and limited talent and freaking disappear. No kore warbling on albums, heavy makeup or chipmunk singing voice. JUST BE GONE? Geez.

  • bill jones

    Jenny is a bore.

  • bill carey

    I heard she was considered for the part of John Gotti in the new movie.

  • iris chiristan


  • Petra

    BORING….everyone wants to copy another show and no one has new ideas.

  • Jason

    Dang. You just knew once she ended up on AI we’d be stuck with her showing up on other shows. Someone with such average talent does not deserve their own show. And wow in that photo she looks like some sort of tranny

  • Bob

    As much as the Spanish-speaking population of the U.S. has increased over the last few decades, I don’t see this show making it on a broadcast network. The reason Latino singers haven’t done well on Idol is that an overwhelming majority of voters don’t speak Spanish. This would only fly on Telemundo or Univision (and, no, that’s not a racist statement, just some reality).

  • Xena

    This year’s Idol is the best season. All the judges are doing a great job. So what they aren’t jerks like Simon C. — they are actually doing what they should, which is to constructively critique and encourage. It was stupid to deliberately choose a top group of people to compete, only to tear them down every week. Steven, Jennifer and Randy are the best grouping Idol ever had.

  • Lucy

    what an ugly picture of the most beautiful woman of the year!

  • KC

    JHo is so vain. Just looking at that picture makes me think of her practicing vamping in front of the mirror. Her career was one that did not deserve a resurrection.

    • LILJLO

      Lucy and KC you are both bitter and do not the true beauty.

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