On Thursday night (March 3), "American Idol" revealed its Top 13, the collection of contestants who will compete to see who will be the last singer standing when the 10th season wraps up in May. Though the two-hour broadcast was a little slow in places (host Ryan Seacrest didn't even announce the first confirmed finalist until almost 25 minutes into the show), it remained a tense and fascinating block of television, especially with the wild card selections hanging over every elimination.
But the entire fiasco was nearly upstaged by the premiere of Jennifer Lopez's new video for "On the Floor." The clip for the Pitbull-assisted song (which debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number nine, giving Lopez her highest chart debut ever) was directed by TAJ Stansberry (who has also shot videos for Rihanna, Fabolous and Taio Cruz) and finds Lopez dancing in a crowded, glamorous club and also lording over the crowd from an ornate couch in the balcony. In the clip's key scene, Lopez oversees her booty-shaking kingdom from a distance.
It's a gorgeous and exquisitely-executed music video, a perfect marriage of striking images (Lopez's shiny bodysuit, her incredible hair, the gorgeous interiors of the club) with the song's lush, propulsive beat (produced by Lady Gaga collaborator RedOne). The combination of the clip and the song's chart performance have put Lopez's best foot forward on the road to the release of her new album Love?, which is scheduled to hit store shelves on April 19. And of course Lopez will be evaluating the stars of tomorrow (including early favorites Jacob Lusk, Thia Megia, Lauren Alaina and Casey Abrams) every week on the 10th season of "American Idol."
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