Actress and singer Jennifer Lopez has displayed remarkable staying power. She debuted in the Top 10 back in 2002, and then rebounded in 2011 after throwing in her lot with "American Idol." She charmed her way into a comeback, despite the reality show's declining ratings fortunes—although a reported $20 million salary helped boost hers.
Even potentially devastating news—her divorce from Marc Anthony—carried a whiff of I-am-woman-hear-me-roar (and her relationship with much younger beau Casper Smart didn't hurt). In 2012, she released a best-of album and embarked on her first headlining tour. She queued up two movies for release this year ("What to Expect When You're Expecting" and as a voice actor in "Ice Age: Continental Drift"), with a third co-starring Jason Statham coming out in January 2013. Lopez also made the awards show circuit, in a reunion of sorts with her ex Marc Antony. With a packed schedule, Lopez's announcement that she would quit "Idol" wasn't a surprise. Notably, the show that helped her reboot made the Top 10 Searches 7 out of 10 years—but not in 2012.
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