Jennifer Lopez Gets Hefty Pay Hike To Return to American Idol

Hollywood superstar singer/actress Jennifer Lopez is one lucky woman since her separation from former Latin singer husband Marc Anthony.  The executive producer of the American Idol has confirmed that Lopez, for the second straight year will be back as one of the three judges in the widely popular American singing competition in television.  Not only that, Lopez will also get huge raise in salary for her return from  $12 million last year to  $20 million this year.

Aside from Lopez, the two other judges of the show rock legend and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson have also confirmed that they will return this year.  The return of the three judges is considered a great news to American Idol fans who idolizes the them for their good taste in finding talent among the contestants a ll over the United States.

Lopez began her career as a dancer on the television comedy program In Living Color.   Subsequently venturing into acting, she gained recognition in the 1995 action-thriller Money Train.  Her first leading role was in the biographical film Selena (1997), in which she earned an ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress.  She earned her second ALMA Award for her performance in Out of Sight (1998).  She has since starred in various films, including The Wedding Planner (2001), Maid in Manhattan (2002), Shall We Dance? (2004), Monster-in-Law (2005), and The Back-up Plan (2010).

American Idol (also known as American Idol: The Search for a Superstar) is a reality television singing competition created by Simon Fuller and produced by  FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, which began airing on Fox on June 11, 2002.   Part of the Idol franchise, it is a spin-off from the UK show Pop Idol.  The concept of the series is to find new solo recording artists, and has since become one of the most popular in the history of American television.

As of June 2011, it is the most watched TV series in the Nielsen ratings and is the only program to have been number one for seven consecutive seasons,
surpassing All in the Family and The Cosby Show, which were both number one for five consecutive seasons.  The program aims to discover the best singer in the country where the winner is determined by the viewers.  Through telephone, Internet, and SMS text voting, viewers have chosen as winners Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze and Scotty McCreery.