The singer, actress and TV judge, 46, wiped tears from her eyes at the finale for the competition show’s farewell season at Dolby Theater in Hollywood.
In true, Lopez fashion, the star hit the Idol stage to perform her new single “Ain’t Your Mama,” in a quintessential Lopez performance, filled with outfit changes, sparkles and high-energy dance numbers.
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Still, amid her many projects, Lopez told PEOPLE that her children’s happiness is her top priority.
“They just made me realize what was real and what wasn’t real,” she said of her twins Max and Emme. “They just changed everything.”