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Speaking with WWD, Lopez credited her inclusion on the celeb hot list to a combination of personal and professional endeavors including "the 'American Idol' [deal to appear as a judge] and also being a mom and entering back in the scene with the album."
The singer also admitted that she felt the pressure from the news correspondent during the interview, which airs Thursday at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.
WWD joked with the singer/actress about whether Walters asked her questions like "What kind of tree are you?" She replied, "She didn't ask me that, but she did ask me some kind of an abstract question like that, where I was like, 'You're Barbara Walter-ing me right now!' "
Lopez, who joins Steven Tyler on the "Idol" judging panel this season, has also been chosen as the new face for L'Oréal Paris. Fans can expect to see the singer endorse the beauty company in a TV spot that will air January 16 during the Golden Globes.
As for her music career, Lopez recently told reporters during a press conference in Mexico that the lead single from her much-delayed album Love? would be released in January or February of next year. No word on the single's producer, but it was recently revealed that J. Lo locked studio sessions with RedOne (Lady Gaga's "Just Dance" and "Bad Romance").
If that wasn't enough, the pop singer recently took to Twitter to tease fans about her forthcoming moves saying, "To all my loyal followers - BIG things happening soon, so expect a lot more tweeting! Stay tuned! ;-)"
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