Jennifer Lopez Gives an Inside Look at Season 11 of 'Idol'
"American Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez got down to business, telling "Extra's" AJ Calloway about the new season, and revealing that the show will focus mainly on the exceptional singers, rather than the oh-so-bad-but-so-entertaining bunch.
Jennifer explained, "There's a lot of great talent. It's going to be more of a surprise for us than it was last year. This year there's so many talented, big voices. We actually got rid of some really big and great voices during the process because they didn't have great consistency."
During Hollywood Week auditions, many of the mediocre contestants were cut, and Lopez commented, "Honestly, I've never seen anything like it, and I've been watching the show for ten years. I don't know if it was the pressure because the show was so big last year... I don't know what happened, but they were dropping like flies. And you'll see, it was very dramatic and surprising."
J.Lo, along with Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler, keep their judging as objective as possible -- they don't know the contestants' back-stories until after they perform. Lopez said, "When we see the stories, we go, 'Oh man! We cut them!' But I guess what's good about it is that we are just judging them on whether we think they can be an American Idol or not."
When asked who was the bigger diva, her or Steven, Lopez dished, "I'm sure I take a long time to get ready. He takes a long time to get ready too... for a guy. He's always about his outfits and always, like, checking out my jewelry. He's like, 'Where did you get that?' I'm like, 'You have your own jewelry!'"
As far as her Latin "Q'Viva! The Chosen" show she is producing with ex Marc Anthony, Lopez explained, "We've gotten a great response to it. I know it's a great show. It's moving, it's cultural and social, it has so many different layers to it. To see all the countries competing, but still coming out -- rooting for each other... it's a beautiful show."
The Bronx-born diva, who said she will be rooting for The Giants come Super Bowl time, appeared on the "Today" show with Matt Lauer, and was asked about the possibility of getting remarried. Lopez told AJ, "I like Matt. He has to do his job. I respect him for that. I just have fun, I have a good time in interviews. I'm playful and I just try to be honest and be myself. He's just doing his thing."
In other Lopez news, the judge and singer will be a presenter at the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 26.
Catch season 11 of "American Idol," airing Wednesdays and Thursdays on FOX.