It looks Jena Irene locked down the win for herself on the May 7 episode of ‘American Idol’ — her performance of ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’ was so amazing that Jennifer Lopez just had to kiss her! After the show, Jena Irene told HollywoodLife.com that J.Lo ‘smelled really good.’
Jena Irene totally brought down the house on the May 7 episode of American Idol! In the second-to-last performance of the night, Jena sang Elvis Presley‘s “Can’t Help Falling In Love” so beautifully and emotionally that Jennifer Lopez ran onto the stage after her performance to give her a kiss on the cheek and a big hug! HollywoodLife.com caught up with Jena after the show and she answered the question before we could even ask it, telling us that yes, Jennifer “smelled really good.” Just what we expected — and hoped — to hear! Read on for the rest of our interview with Jena and for more deets on what it’s like to get a hug from J.Lo! You know you wanna know.
‘American Idol’: Jennifer Lopez ‘Smelled Really Good’ When She Kissed Jena Irene On The Cheek
“J.Lo kissed my cheek. That was awesome,” Jena said in her exclusive interview with HollywoodLife.com. “I was like, ‘oh my god, all the boys at my school would be so jealous.’ But it was cool. It meant a lot that she actually got up from where I was sitting and to come over and actually give me a hug,” she continued. We interjected that J.Lo was actually standing well before Jena finished her song — about two-thirds through! “I didn’t even see that! … I was literally in my own little world thinking about my thing. It was awesome.”
Jena deserves a lot of credit for how well the song turned out. She told us that the band had wanted her to do a little “something something,” and she just thought “‘No, we’re going to slow it down. They can wait for me and I’m just going to create this nice, intimate moment.’ … You could hear a pin drop in the room it was so quiet and that is what I wanted.”
‘American Idol’: J.Lo Dropped The F-Bomb Over Jena Irene’s Performance
Not even did Jena get a kiss and a hug — she got an F-bomb from J.Lo! “Oh my god, the stylist told me that she mouthed ‘f***’ and I was like, ‘no way, that is awesome!'”
We asked Jena what it meant for her to have J.Lo kiss her, and she said that “she smelled really good and that is all I was focused on in that moment.” Understandable — there was definitely a lot going on for her in that moment! Besides — when J.Lo is hugging you, is it really possible to take in any more sensory input than how she smells?
What did you think of Jena’s performance on the May 7 episode, HollywoodLifers? Go here to watch it if you haven’t seen it yet! Isn’t it great that she took such control over how the performance would go down? And, hi, how amazing is it that J.Lo is endorsing her so strongly? Is Jena a lock for the win? Vote above and comment below!
— Reporting by Russ Weakland, Written By Amanda Michelle Steiner