She's just Jenny on the block -- for realz! Pop star-turned "American Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez recently received the 2,500th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. While everyone from John Wayne to Kermit the Frog have received a brass star on the world famous landmark tour, J.Lo's No. 2,500 spot is definitely a coveted one.
In a press release for the event, Ana Martinez, producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies, said, "In 1994, Sophia Loren became the recipient of the 2,000th star on the Walk of Fame. This ceremony marks the 2,500th star on our famous Walk and Jennifer Lopez was the obvious choice!"
While the Latina superstar's musical success, box office hits, and role as executive producer of "The Fosters" all contributed to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce's decision to give her the lucky star, lest we not forget J.Lo has the title "American Idol" judge on her resume as well. In fact, her two-year stint on "Idol" brought her face in front of a whole new slew of fans. Which got us to thinking: Do any other ex-"Idol" judges have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame?
A quick check on the official website of the Hollywood Walk of Fame reveals that original judge Paula Abdul was inducted to the Walk of Fame on December 4, 1991. This was well before her "Idol' days -- the TV talent show didn't debut until 2002 -- but her six number one singles, and Grammy and Primetime Emmy Award wins were cited when she received her star in the Recording category.
Ellen DeGeneres was only on "Idol" for one disastrous season, but her Walk of Fame star is forever. The popular talk show host received her star on September 4, 2012, and was joined by pals Jimmy Kimmel and Ryan Seacrest at the ceremony at 6270 Hollywood Blvd., that famous corner of Hollywood and Vine.
And speaking of Ryan Seacrest, the show's host was inducted to the Walk of Fame on April 20, 2005. While attendee Simon Cowell joked that the star was "ill deserved" ("I cannot believe that April the 20th is going to be Ryan Seacrest Day… I am officially taking this day off my diary," Cowell reportedly said), Seacrest worried that no one would show up for the ceremony. "I thought this would be the most unpopular star dedication ever," he said.
And finally, "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller was inducted on May 23, 2011, just in time to celebrate his 25 years in the business. "Idol" alums Carrie Underwood and David Cook (as well as Season 10's Top 13) were on hand to celebrate as he received the 2441st star in the category of Television.
Meanwhile, when it comes to ex-"Idol" judges, Jennifer Lopez beat out Mariah Carey for a star on the block. In her speech at the ceremony she said, "This landmark moment inspires me to work harder and dream bigger for all that is the future."
But will her future include a return to the "American Idol" judges' panel, as some rumors suggest? When she was recently asked if she's returning to the show next season, J.Lo told E! Online, "It's not looking that great because my year is getting booked up."
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- Hollywood Walk of Fame
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