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Paula Abdul — no longer an “American Idol”?

July 21, 2009

paula-abdul Are “American Idol” producers really going to dump Paula Abdul after all these years?

Or is the emotional judge (or her representatives) just playing mind-games at this late stage in a bid to get a better offer for the next few years after Ryan Seacrest upped the stakes by securing a new three-year deal reputed to be worth around $15 million a year?kara1

And with a little over two weeks to go before auditions start in front of the panel for that golden ticket to Hollywood, the official silence around the future of newcomer Kara DioGuardi has been stunning.

Paula might be the most unpredictable, some might say wacky, member of the judging panel but would the show be the same without what one fan this week called her “rainbows and colors”?

Despite his reputation as “Mr. Nasty”, fans have made clear that they would think twice about watching if Simon Cowell were to quit the show. But would they feel the same about Paula going?

Maybe “Idol” producers should allow Americans to vote and decide whether to put Paula, or Kara, in the bottom three. Who do you think would end up being sent home?


Why make changes. Never change a winning team.


keep Paula and lose Kara (who repeats everything she says and also what everyone else is saying)

Posted by jay | Report as abusive

For goodness sake, American Idol without Paula is unthinkable, she has been there since day one. Half the viewing public watch for the banter and the chemistry between Paula and Simon. Everyone continue to tweet #keepPaula, otherwise poor Simon might have to sit beside Kara, and horror, she might write another dreadful song. Save our Paula. Tweet #keepPaula

Posted by Vallo | Report as abusive

If Paula goes, I go. I will not watch American Idol if she is not there. What are they thinking? She & Simon are perfect entertainment combo – the bickering, the making up. She must be Simon’s opposite. American Idol needs Paula. She’s the heart of the panel. Simon is Mr Nasty. I like Simon and I just love Paula.

Posted by zenithsmith35 | Report as abusive

Not sure I can watch anymore, I can’t stand the new girl. There is no loyalty any more. How much does Idol make in a year? How much have they made since the beginning? They underestimate the importance of Paula to the equation. This is the beginning of the end, the chemistry is gone.


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