Latino legend J-Lo sheikhs-up Dubai

Published May 22nd, 2012 - 09:15 GMT
Jennifer Lopez descends on Dubai
Jennifer Lopez descends on Dubai

It's time to dance again UAE: JLo is coming to town! The singer will make her UAE debut in Dubai on November 22, organiser Done Events announced on Tuesday.

The pop star and American Idol judge kicks off her Dance Again world tour in Panama in June.

While the rest of her global tour dates are yet to be announced, Lopez is now locked in for her first ever Middle East performance.

"This is our first announcement. All other details including venue, ticket prices and capacity will be announced in the coming days," said Done Events COO Thomas Ovesen. "For now, we urge fans to register at a special website we have set up for pre-sale information."

The website jlodubai.com is set to go live soon.

Lopez was previously scheduled to perform in the emirate in 2006 but had to cancel due to scheduling conflicts with a TV show.

While Lopez, 42, will be joined by another Latin star Enrique Iglesias for parts of the North America tour, the Dubai performance will be a solo one. said Ovesen.

Meanwhile tabloid! can also reveal that Australian singer Gotye -- behind the hit song Somebody I Used To Know -- will perform in Dubai the day after JLo at World Trade Centre in a separate concert.

Lopez is currently in the news amidst speculation that she will be leaving hit reality show American Idol. With the finale of the show airing on Wednesday (Thursday 4am in the UAE), she is expected to make the announcement soon.

Besides her judging gig, the singer is also a producer on and stars, along with ex-husband Marc Anthony, in Latin talent hunt reality show Q'Viva!: The Chosen. Her hit single, Dance Again, featuring current flame and tour choreographer Casper Smart, is likely to be part of an unannounced album.

She has also recently signed on four new films. Her latest, the multi-starrer What to Expect When You're Expecting, is out in the UAE this week. To top it all, Lopez is also mother to four-year-old twins, and has said she would like to spend more time with them. The next round of Idol auditions are likely to clash with Lopez's schedule if she does decide to stay on.

Last week, when asked by talk show host Ellen Degeneres whether she would return to the show for the third year, Lopez replied: "I don't know. I really do enjoy it. Now this is my second year -- I don't know if I can go for a third year.

"I miss doing other things. It really does lock you down, which was nice the first year with the babies being three, but now they're getting more mobile, they're about to go into school ... So I just don't know."

But all this busy-busy schedule adds up to something beautiful: Lopez has just been named the Most Influential Celebrity by Forbes magazine in their most powerful list.

The singer and actress beat regular Oprah Winfrey, knocking her down to second place for the coveted spot and also besting Justin Bieber (3), Rihanna (4) and Lady Gaga (5). Lopez ranked 50th last year.

Following Madonna's June 3 and 4 performances, Lopez is the second-iggest confirmed act to land on UAE shores this year.

After her hit album Lovelast year, she is yet to confirm whether her single Dance Again will be part of a new album or an upcoming greatest hits album. She is scheduled to perform the song on the American Idol finale show.


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