Having done more than her share to keep the American Idol judging panel lively this season, Jennifer Lopez has set her sights on launching her own reality show.
Lopez is teaming with Idol producer Simon Fuller and his XIX Entertainment to shop a new project to broadcast networks. The series would have Lopez and her husband Marc Antony touring Latin America and searching for the best undiscovered musical talent. The working title: Que Viva.
Since the show is looking for a network home, the project is considered in early stages of development. Still, trying to launch her own competition show raises a question: Does Lopez plan to stay on Idol?
Lopez is only signed on through the end of this season. But given her strong performance on the show, and how Idol has managed to perform on par with last year in the ratings, it’s a very safe bet producers and Fox will want her back. (Fellow newcomer Steven Tyler is signed for more than one season and is expected to return). Plus, Fuller would never do anything to undermine his flagship franchise, so just because there’s another project in the works, it isn’t expected to be a conflict. After all, Idol judges have had other concurrent reality shows, such as Randy Jackson’s successful MTV project, America’s Best Dance Crew.
As for her Idol future, sources expect Lopez will sign up for another round given how much the Fox hit has raised her profile. And if she can spread some Idol-style fever to Latin America in the process, why not?