Paula Abdul Talks Of Her Future – And ‘American Idol’s

Paula Abdul (Photo: Getty Images)

Paula Abdul (Photo: Getty Images)

Paula Abdul talks about the many projects of Paula Abdul, the former ‘American Idol’ judge, and ‘Paula Abdul,’ the Lifetime character, in a new interview with TV Guide Magazine.

Done Deal: Paula Abdul Will ‘Dance’ for CBS

The real Paula is hard at work prepping for her new CBS reality show, ‘Got to Dance.’ “We’re in the middle of hiring the directors, the production designers, casting the experts,” she says. “I’m happy to be able to bring in really passionate, artistic people that are going to have an opportunity to do things that are a little bit different and real creative.”

Unlike other dance competitions, hers is open to any age – they’re saying “six to 106” – and any style of dance or size group. Versus rival shows, “It’s a whole different feel.”

Abdul will also be guest-starring as ‘Paula’ in the Aug. 29 season finale of ‘Drop Dead Diva,’ in which she has appeared before in dream sequences as ‘Judge Paula.’

Nigel Returns To ‘Idol,’ Would Take Paula Back ‘In A Heartbeat’

Speaking of returns, Paula is coy about her thoughts on ‘American Idol’s future and, namely, its up-in-the-air judging panel. But, she said, the return of Nigel Lythgoe as executive producer is a good thing. Lythgoe has gone on record as saying he wants Paula back at the judges’ table. (Then again, maybe not.)

“[Nigel] going back to ‘American Idol’ is in many ways a very big blessing,” Abdul says. “He’s a wonderful producer and I’m taken by the kind words he had to say. I have tremendous respect for him.”

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As for the rumor that original series member Randy Jackson might be a part of Nigel’s purge, she argues, “Everyone loves Randy!”

Expertly side-stepping specific queries about her possible ‘Idol’ encore and the show’s likely makeover, Abdul says, “I’ll always be a fan of the show. I had an amazing time. To be part of something from the very beginning that grew into such a worldwide phenomenon is really awe-inspiring. It’s going to go down in history.”

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