Could Paula Abdul Still Return To ‘American Idol’?

Could there still be hope for Paula Abdul returning to ‘American Idol’?

At the ‘So You Think You Can Dance‘ TCA press tour panel this morning in Pasadena, California, executive producer Nigel Lythgoe raised the possibility. “I still don’t know if she’s going to leave Idol. Until Idol goes on the air, there’s the opportunity of renegotiations.”

He went on to say, “It’s been successful all over the world with different judges. They have their own judges in these different countries. It’s the format that’s successful.”

If Abdul doesn’t return to Idol, Lythgoe would love to snap her up for ‘So You Think You Can Dance’s’ upcoming fall season. “Absolutely there’s no question about that. I don’t know anyone that’s had her experience as a performer, dancer, choreographer and judge. Yeah we’d certainly grab her. I spoke to her yesterday morning. I won’t get into negotiations, i’ll keep that private.

“We’re going to Vegas in season six and I asked her what was she doing? Does she want a break? She’s coming out to meet me – and we’ll see what the opportunity is.”

Either way it sounds like Paula won’t be off the airwaves (or Fox) for very long at all.

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