Jennifer Lopez: 10 Reasons She Rocks on 'American Idol'

From her stylish wardrobe to her sage advice and sincere emotion, here's why we love Judge J.Lo

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1. SHE'S SWEET

1. SHE'S SWEET
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Whether it's calling contestants "baby" or admiring a singer's shoes, Lopez is quick to compliment the Idols when they're good – and let them down gently when they're bad.

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2. SHE'S SUPER-STYLISH

2. SHE'S SUPER-STYLISH
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Forget song choice, it's all about outfit choice! From leopard print to head scarves to this stunning one-sleeved sparkler, Lopez is always chic on Idol. Too bad she's mostly sitting behind the judges' panel.

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3. SHE GIVES GOOD ADVICE

3. SHE GIVES GOOD ADVICE
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The job is to guide contestants and Lopez does it well, like when she praised Thia Megia for singing an uptempo song but still encouraged her to work harder. "It was great to see you let loose like that," Lopez said. "Always make sure you connect with your lyrics so you can bring even more."

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4. SHE'S GORGEOUS

4. SHE'S GORGEOUS
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The hair! The makeup! The attitude! Lopez shined in New Jersey, Texas, California and, let's face it, every single audition stop. And now that the shows are live, her glam squad must be working overtime to keep the judge looking flawless.

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5. SHE'S NOT KOOKY

5. SHE'S NOT KOOKY
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Paula Abdul was fun to watch for very different reasons. Audiences loved listening to her meanderings and spats with Simon Cowell but Lopez brings a sophistication and glamour to Idol that, frankly, it never had.

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6. SHE'S HAVING FUN

6. SHE'S HAVING FUN
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She dances in her seat to the music. She jokes with Ryan Seacrest, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson. Basically, she's enjoying herself – and it shows. "I've been having a ball with it," Lopez told Seacrest on his radio show. "I love working with all you guys and it's just been a lot of fun."

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7. SHE REALLY CARES

7. SHE REALLY CARES
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Telling Chris Medina, whose emotional story touched America, that his time on Idol had run out clearly broke Lopez's heart. "I didn't realize that I was going to fall in love with all the contestants the way I have and feel for them the way I do," she told Seacrest.

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8. SHE'S A (WORKING) MOM

8. SHE'S A (WORKING) MOM
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It's a balancing act! And Lopez, who brought her twins, Max and Emme, 3, to the show recently, makes it looks easy. Her husband, Marc Anthony, is also often in the audience and even has acted as a mentor to the contestants.

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9. SHE'S GOT HEART

9. SHE'S GOT HEART
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It must be tough to go out on stage and make Idol happen when there's great tragedy unfolding a world away. But before a recent show, Lopez and her costars did their part by acknowledging the devastation in Japan and telling millions of viewers how to help.

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10. SHE (SEEMS) TALLER THAN RYAN

10. SHE (SEEMS) TALLER THAN RYAN
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It could be her big hair and the high heels but Lopez seems to tower over Idol's host and has more than filled Cowell's shoes as the show's biggest and brightest star.

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