Jennifer Lopez Explains American Idol Breakdown

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Jennifer Lopez lost it on American Idol last night.

She barely got through the elimination of beloved Chris Medina before breaking down in front of Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler, afraid she didn't handle the news well and simply sad to see Medina go.

"After he left, it really hit me. I just couldn't believe that I had to deliver this news to this person who I felt had been through a lot and is going through a lot," Lopez told Ryan Seacrest on his radio show this afternoon. "I felt like I didn't do it well enough for him, to send him where he needed to go in his life and be okay. I didn't want to be part of that."

As for how Medina handled it? "With so much dignity and so much class," J. Lo said.

Regarding the selection of the top 24, Lopez understands that it plays a major role in future viewership.

"I think if we do a good job right now, people will tune in later and I think we're doing a good job right now. We're being honest, we're being real, we've having fun and I think that's all we have to do."

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They need another simon

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Chris.....You are a CLASS ACT !!!

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Chris...CLASS ACT !!

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the show just recently started & I am so sick of the focus being on J-Lo. Her super sweet act makes me cringe. I want the real J-Lo, the one that orders people around.

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So emotional Jenny, good work you did there.

American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]