Want to know what it’s like being kissed by Jennifer Lopez? “American Idol” Top 4 finalist Jena Irene can tell you, considering the “Idol” judge was so moved by the 17-year-old singer’s rendition of “Can’t Help Falling In Love” that she got up out of her seat, walked down the stage and gave her a kiss on the cheek.
“J.Lo kissed my cheek. That was awesome,” Jena tells Zap2it and a small group of reporters backstage after her dynamite performance. “She smelled really good and that is all I was focused on in that moment.”
Jena really appreciates Lopez’s gesture. “All the boys at my school would be so jealous,” she says. “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.”
In fact, Lopez was so impressed with the song that she mouthed the f-word, which is why the East Coast saw a technical glitch during the performance. Jena isn’t mad about it, though — she’s pumped Lopez liked it so much. “I was like, ‘No way, that is awesome!'”
Jena is also pleased that the performance turned out exactly how she wanted it to. “I started out kinda fast but I 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.’ Earlier on in the week the band had wanted to do a little something-something and I just thought no. I had been doing a lot of rock stuff and I just wanted it to be me. You could hear a pin drop in the room it was so quiet and that is what I wanted so I am glad that happened.”