JLo warns 'American Idol' contestants

Last Updated: Nov 06, 2010, 13:47 PM IST

London: Pop diva Jennifer Lopez, the newest judge on the panel for `American Idol,` has warned the contestants not to imitate and sing her songs on the reality show.

The `Love don`t cost a thing` hitmaker who joined the judging panel in September after the departure of long-time judge and show co-founder, Simon Cowell found it "entertaining" when people performed on her hits, but has advised the hopefuls to try a different approach as they won`t get any special treatment, a website reported.

"It was cute, super entertaining and flattering, but no. I think everyone tried to be as honest as they can without breaking anyone`s spirits. They know we`re not out to cut them down or make a joke of them. We`re trying to mentor them to the next step," said the singer-and-actress.

Although some hopefuls have failed to impress the star, Lopez is excited about the talent in the star-search show even though the lengthy audition process is taking a toll
on her life.

"We`ve put a bunch of people through - probably more than they have in the past. We have about 15-20 real superstars, people who could be recording artists. I`ve cried.

We get a lot of elation when we put them through and devastation, almost, when they`re not. But it`s been a ball," said the 41-year-old singer.

The dusky babe, known for her exotic style sense has promised to don some amazing outfits on the show.

"Look, I`m just going to be me. Every day that`s something different. I like getting dressed up. That`s not going to change for this show," she said speaking at a press conference for the show.

PTI