Will Paula Return To Idol?

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We have mixed feelings about a report today that claims the Paula Abdul may return to American Idol next season. A source tells In Touch that the Idol producers “want Paula back. They’re not sure if she’d be the fifth judge, but they are talking to her.” The source says that Paula would return after Simon Cowell departs the show to work on his new series, the American version of The X Factor. On the one hand, yay, Paula might come back!! On the other – boo, the Paula-Simon dynamic is what made her brand of crazy so watchable – will she be as fun to watch without him there to rag on her?

Sounds like this scoop though is just a rumor, as omniscient observer and Crest Whitestrips spokesmodel Ryan Seacrest claims to have no knowledge of it. In a recent interview with the L.A. Times, Seacrest said of Cowell’s departure “I don’t know what it will be like without him next year. You certainly cannot recreate Simon Cowell. You cannot recreate the role he played and you can’t do anything that’s derivative, if you will, of what Simon has built, and will continue to build. I think there is a big question mark. I don’t know because I don’t know who is going to be there.” Considering all of Paula’s other failed reality show negotiations, we think her return to Idol as Simon’s successor would be triumphant. Guess we’ll have to wait and see how America votes.

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