All of Jennifer Lopez’s hard work has finally paid off. For the very first time, the singer/actress/American Idol judge earned herself the title of 2012’s most powerful celebrity according to Forbes.

With $52 million in earnings over the last year, Lopez is raking in the bucks, but according to the magazine her power has more to do with her growing resume. Along with her gig on Idol–where she raked in a cool 2 million for season two–she reignited her singing career with 2011’s Love?, which featured her hit single “On the Floor.” She heads back to the big screen with the pregnancy comedy, What To Expect When You’re Expecting this weekend, but has dominated the small screen with commercials for L’Oreal, Gillette and Fiat. And even teamed up with her ex-husband Marc Anthony for the Latin talent competition show, Q’Viva: The Chosen.

If that wasn’t enough, any one of J.Lo’s over 7 million Twitter followers (yes, a strong social media presence makes you powerful too) looking to cop her style can check out her new clothing line at Kohl’s and then pick up Glow or one of her 17 other fragrances.

The magazine points out that Idol helped revive Lopez’s career after she stumbled with 2006’s El Cantante, which featured ex-hubbie Marc Anthony, and Como Ama una Mujerand, the all-Spanish album she released in 2007.  But the judge, who’s touring this summer with Enrique Iglesias, says it might be time to call it quits.

“I miss doing other things,” she said on Ellen this week. “It really does lock you down, which was nice the first year with the babies being three and four.”

But now that her twins, Max and Emme, are getting ready to go to school the single mom doesn’t know if staying on for season three is a good fit.

With nearly two years under her belt, Lopez has learned a few things and recently shared some sound advice with the new X Factor judges Demi Lovato and Britney Spears, who plans to look good for her TV debut.

“You don’t have to be tough,” she told Access Hollywood. “There’s not one way to do that, reality TV, and those competition shows [are] about being yourself. It’s about being your best self, and I think that’s the most important thing.”

She also paid the two ladies a few compliments saying, “I was like, ‘Live TV! Eek.’ It’s a big thing to take on, but I think they’re both more than capable to handle it.”

Oprah Winfrey, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga, who held the top spot in 2011, join Lopez on this year’s Forbes Celebrity 100 list.

Shannon Carlin, CBS Local


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