Jennifer Lopez Reveals Her Post-'American Idol' Plans

J.Lo, who announced last week that she's not returning to the hit FOX show next season, is embarking on a world tour and says she'll be focusing on her acting career

Well, Jennifer Lopez isn't leaving American Idol to spend more time at home, that's for sure. J.Lo, 42, may have given up her judging gig with the hit FOX singing competition show, but in a new interview with the Associated Press,  the singer-actress reveals that fans shouldn't expect a professional slowdown from her any time soon. She's got big plans.

First up is her 20-city tour with Enrique Iglesias, which kicked off Saturday night in Montreal. She says her fan interactions through Twitter and Facebook led to her decision to get on the road. "It was one of the biggest questions I got asked over and over again," she says. "I was like you know what? I think I need to tour."

Her 4-year-old twins, Max and Emme, are with her (along with Lopez's mother and other family members to help care for them). "From a personal standpoint, I just want it to be [an] enjoyable, healthy, exciting experience for us, something that we can look back on and say, 'Oh, we did this,'" she says. "I don't even know if they'll remember, they're only 4 [years old] right now, but I want it to be something that will be good for them."

Lopez also has a greatest hits CD, Dance Again... The Hits, slated for release on July 24 (her 43rd birthday), which includes remastered versions of songs from the last 13 years.

And she's primed for a return to acting. "I do miss doing films," she says. "I feel like the last two years with American Idol, I've really, really focused on, you know, my music. ... It was all kind of very synergistic, it worked really well together. But [film] is something that I really loved, it's how I kind of started in this business, and it doesn't leave you. I am an actress, I need to do that, too."

Lopez has already appeared in more 20 films. Sure, critics have ravaged a lot of them, but they do tend to make money. Her 2002 film Maid in Manhattan grossed nearly $100 million, and 2005's Monster-in-Law brought in nearly $83 million. Her latest, the animated family film Ice Age: Continental Drift, was No. 1 at the box office this weekend.

So while it couldn't have been easy to walk away from her reported $15 million salary at Idol (side note: rumor has it she was dumped after asking for an extra $2 million), all signs point to Lopez making even more without her judging job.

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