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Jennifer Lopez talks L.V. residency, wardrobe, dancers, ‘Shades of Blue’

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Host Jennifer Lopez performs during the American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in Los Angeles.

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Superstar singer and actress Jennifer Lopez, who kicks off her residency “All I Have” at Axis at Planet Hollywood on Jan. 20, turns up as the new cover-girl beauty on the latest issue of Vegas Magazine.

J.Lo dishes on the residency, her wardrobe and dancers and how she’s juggling her new TV series “Shades of Blue,” which premieres on NBC on Jan. 7:

“I want the show to be a high-energy, a Bronx kind of block party. The most exciting shows make you dance and scream and jump up and down. I want people to really let loose. I’m just looking to do the best Jennifer Lopez show anyone has ever seen,” she told Vegas.

“I want the show to be always changing, so it’s a unique experience every time — one night a Selena song and another maybe something by Diana Ross. I’ve scoped out the competition and have already seen Britney, Shania, Celine and all the Cirque shows.

“It’s always been my approach to performing, to work, to everything I do in life: I give it all I have. That’s why ‘All I Have’ is the name of my show. It’s a much more intimate experience, and it’s about real performers — and not everybody can really do that.

“I started as a dancer, so I have an eye for it. I’ve done it my whole life. Sometimes other people — the music department or my management— might like a person, but I’m, like, ‘Oh, they’re a little bit weak in this part; there’s not enough technique.’ They’re bringing the story to life, so they’re an integral part of the show, acting a little bit, even.”

She says the favorite part of planning the residency comes down to the costumes: “It’s like a fantasy. When you think of Diana Ross, Cher or Barbra Streisand, it’s their costumes that became their signature.”

Remember that unforgettable, slash-fronted, green palm-print dress she wore to the 2000 Grammys when then boyfriend Diddy was her date?

“I still have that dress hanging pretty at home, but it won’t make an appearance during the Las Vegas shows because we’re going to do all kinds of new stuff. I redid the Versace dress for my Bronx homecoming show in 2014, so I don’t think I’ll repeat myself.”

J.Lo promises that her mom will be in the audience: “Even if she weren’t a fan of gambling, she would still come and see me.”

Talking “Shades of Blue,” she added: “It’s set in the world of cops, but it’s really about human nature — how we’re always riding a line of what’s right and what’s wrong, that slippery slope.”

You can read the full interview at VegasMagazine.com.

Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” fame has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

Follow Robin Leach on Twitter at Twitter.com/Robin_Leach.

Follow Las Vegas Sun Entertainment + Luxury Senior Editor Don Chareunsy on Twitter at Twitter.com/VDLXEditorDon.

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