Jennifer Lopez Reveals Idol Judges' 'First Fight'
Tensions are rising during auditions as her second season gets underway, Lopez says
The singer admits that she and her cohorts on the panel – Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler – recently had their most combative disagreement since coming together as a threesome on last season’s show.
The blowout – which Seacrest confirmed visibly riled her – bubbled up at a recent audition after a girl with what Lopez felt was an exceptional voice performed for the panel.
“She was amazing,” Lopez recalls.
But Tyler didn’t agree – and asked for another song.
“I was surprised because I was ready to vote,” Lopez said, adding with a laugh, “Sometimes the days get kinda long.”
When the girl’s second song got going, though, Tyler, and then Jackson, quickly nixed the girl from going further in the competition.
“I thought I was being Punk’d,” Lopez recalls. “[I thought], ‘How can we let this girl go?’ I was upset. When I believe in something … I knew this girl deserves the chance.”
All in all, though, Lopez says her second season is “going really great,” but does admit: “The kids, we’re being really tough on them.”
Lopez, whose new single Papi (off her latest album Love) is now out, briefly referenced her soon-to-be ex-husband Marc Anthony.
“I call everybody ‘Papi,’ ” Lopez said of the inspiration for the song. “I used to call Marc ‘Papi.’ We wrote the song about loving somebody and celebrating that.”