Jennifer Lopez Loves Watching Reality TV Just As Much As You Do

Reality TV plays an important role in American entertainment. Almost everyone has a favorite reality show, and that includes celebrities, like Jennifer Lopez. The superstar recently made a confession about her favorite guilty pleasure. She seemed embarrassed to admit that she loves reality TV, but the genre has made a huge difference in J.Lo’s career. In fact, you’ll be surprised to learn the extent that reality TV has improved Lopez’s status. 

Jennifer Lopez loves to watch reality TV

Jennifer Lopez walks the runway at the Versace show during the Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2020.
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Americans love reality TV, and it turns out that Lopez has the same obsession. When Vanity Fair asked her what her “guilty pleasure” was, she answered reality TV. Specifically, Mob Wives.

“I know. I know! I’m sorry,” Lopez said, as she laughed and turned her face away from the camera like she was embarrassed.

But there’s no need for her to be ashamed. Reality TV is one of the biggest genres on television with huge numbers of viewers tuning in every day. There’s a reason why these shows are successful: We can’t turn away from them. 

In case you haven’t seen it, Mob Wives on VH1 followed several women in Staten Island whose family members have been arrested for transgressions related to organized crime, or the so-called “mob.” It was on the air for six seasons and finally ended in 2016. 

Jennifer Lopez was a judge on ‘American Idol’

Lopez was a judge on a reality showAmerican Idol — for several seasons, something that others warned her not to do. She was told acting as a judge on the show would be the end of her career, that no one would take her seriously as a musician or an actress again. 

“Everybody was like, ‘Don’t do this. Your career will be over, and they won’t offer you any movies. They’ll think you’re a joke as an artist,'” Lopez told Variety.

But this was during a slow point of her career. Her twins were young, and she wasn’t doing much besides following her then-husband, Marc Anthony, around on tour. The jobs just weren’t coming her way.

“And I was like, ‘The truth is, I’m not getting offered a whole bunch of movies, so what are they not going to offer me?'” she said. 

It turns out that American Idol actually helped her career. It reintroduced her to audiences and allowed them to get a glimpse of who she really was. 

“You can’t hide on reality TV,” Lopez explained. “And they got to see I was a real, caring person who was actually nice.” 

Lopez’s time on American Idol marked a turning point in her career, a resurgence that allowed her to pick up more roles, like the movie Hustlers. 

Jennifer Lopez was also a judge on ‘World of Dance’

Success from American Idol helped Lopez relaunch her career with several new projects, including another reality show. In 2016, she announced a new dance competition-style reality show, called World of Dance, which Lopez would serve as a judge and executive producer. World of Dance was an instant success and has already been confirmed for its fourth season.  

Dance has always been an important part of Lopez’s career. She started as a backup dancer, performing with New Kids On the Block and Janet Jackson, as well as a “fly girl” dancer on the TV show In Living Color. Even her recent role in Hustlers incorporated dance.

Acting as a judge and executive producer for World of Dance is the perfect gig for Lopez to show off her skills. The popularity of these shows demonstrates the power that reality TV has in our society. As such, Lopez enjoying Mob Wives is absolutely nothing to be ashamed about: She’s in good company with people all over the country who enjoy reality TV just as much.