Women in Music 2016

Jennifer Lopez on Las Vegas Residency: 'I've Been Preparing for This My Whole Life'

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Jennifer Lopez onstage during "American Idol" XIV Grand Finale at Dolby Theatre on May 13, 2015 in Hollywood, California. 

The 'American Idol' judge's Las Vegas Residency kicks off Jan. 20

Jennifer Lopez’s Las Vegas residency may be just five months away, but the singer said plans are already in motion to make it the best J-Lo show yet. “I’m excited about it. You know, I feel like I’ve been preparing for this my whole life,” she told Billboard.

The show, she revealed, is a culmination of “all of the different things I have done musically, and performing on stage and award shows, and touring.” The award-winning singer added, “I toured a few years ago and it was a big success."

Still, the goal was to put together a show “in one place where people from all over the world could come my show who wouldn’t normally come to a tour.”

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Lopez -- who was in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention Center judging the farewell season of American Idol -- is having a busy summer. Between shooting for her role in the upcoming NBC drama Shades of Blue and the Fox reality TV series, Lopez is featured on two tracks, the recently released “El Mismo Sol” with Alvaro Soler and Prince Royce’s “Back it Up,” which also features Pitbull and reached its peak position at No. 21 on the Billboard Latin Charts this week.

With all that going on, Lopez is still laser-focused on making sure her residency has everything her fans expect.

“It’s really an exciting prospect for me to create the quintessential Jennifer Lopez experience in Vegas,” she said. “It’s just an opportunity that is overwhelming and at the same time the most exciting thing that has happened to me in a long time, so I’m giving it all I have.”

The residency, which begins Jan. 20 at Axis theater stage in Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino (a part of Caesar’s Entertainment), will include everything fans love about the 46-year old entertainer. “I am going to do what I think everybody has come to know me for,” she explained. “I am going to do my hits, obviously.”

She will also incorporate funk and hip-hop with a live band and good old-fashioned glamor. “It is going to be glamorous and beautiful and the costumes and all of it,” she said. “The production is something that I haven’t gotten to do yet. So it’s going to be me in my element doing what I do at the highest level and it’s exciting.”

Anyone that saw Lopez’s Dance Again tour in 2012 knows that she likes to add special elements to the show, be it dancers in top hats, elaborate sets that look like Broadway settings, a throwback to her "Jenny from the Block" days, and sentimental nods to her children. A DVD of the tour is now up for pre-order on Amazon.com ahead of its Oct. 12 release. When asked about that tour and her performance of “Until it Beats No More” -- set against a video of her twin children -- she laughed.

Jennifer Lopez Announces Las Vegas Residency

“All the moms loved that part,” she said. “It was a really special part of the show. And it’s funny, I wrote about it in my book, I wrote about the tour, it was the one thing I was like, 'we should cut that out because of ordinances' and we had to leave venues early and everybody was like 'noooo you can’t cut that part out.' So I said, 'ok'”.

When asked if American Idol Season 10 alum Pia Toscano -- who sings background for Lopez on the road and also joined Season 11's Jessica Sanchez and Season 8's Allison Iraheta backing Lopez on "I Luh Ya Papi" for an Idol show -- will be joining Lopez in Vegas, she smiled.

“Maybe. She has been doing backup vocals for me for two years now and I love having her,” she said. “We have a great time on stage. I love her.”

Lopez said she is looking forward to entertaining audiences that have never seen her perform live yet, and can’t wait for the opportunity. “I want people who are fans of my music to obviously come, but [also] people who maybe wouldn’t normally go see me on tour,” she noted. “[I want] the buzz to be, you know what? You have to see J-Lo’s show in Vegas. It’s a great show.”

Lopez’s residency kicks off Jan. 20, 2016. Additional shows include: 1/22, 1/27, 1/29, 1/30, 2/3, 2/5, 2/6, 2/9, 5/22, 5/25, 5/28, 5/29, 6/1, 6/3, 6/4, 6/8, 6/11 and 6/12.