LOS ANGELES – Jennifer Lopez is returning to the judging chair once again after five seasons with “American Idol.” In her newest show, “World of Dance,” Lopez serves as an executive producer and judge and told reporters at the NBC Summer press day that a show about dance is a great fit for her.
“I always consider myself as a dancer first. I became a singer and actress after dancing. For me, it’s so part of who I am.”
The show follows dancers of all ages as they compete for a $1 million prize. Lopez said she wants to give dancers an opportunity to score their big break.
“To create an opportunity for dancers was the best thing I could have ever done,” she said. “It just reminded me of all the reasons why I love dance.”
The “Shades of Blue” actress revealed that she struggled in the early days as a dancer making no money whatsoever.
“I remember only getting to have one piece of pizza every day when I was a dancer,” she said. “That’s how I lived. I did that for a couple of years before I got my first big job. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. For me, coming from that struggle this is a dream come true for me. I don’t say that lightly.”
The 47-year-old singer, actress, and dancer alluded to her time on “American Idol” for allowing her to prepare herself well for “World of Dance.”
“When I did ‘American Idol,’ I learned so many people can sing, but not everyone can make you get up and dance or make you cry,” she explained. “That makes you an artist.”
The show also stars NeYo, Derek Hough and Jenna Dewan-Tatum. “World of Dance” premieres May 8th on NBC.
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